Course formats

A course format refers to the layout of a course.

Standard course formats

Weekly format

The course is organized week by week, with a clear start date and a finish date. A section for each week of your course will be created. You can add content, forums, quizzes, and so on in the section for each week.


If you want all your users to work on the same materials at the same time, this would be a good format to choose.


Make sure your course start date is correct. If it is not your weeks will have the wrong date on it. This is especially important if you are restoring a course to use with a new section of users.

Topics format

The course is organised into topic sections that a teacher can give titles to. Each topic section consists of activities, resources and labels.


This is great to use if your course is objective based and each objective may take different amounts of time to complete. An example of this would be scaffolding where the users are building upon the knowledge from earlier topics

Social format

This format is oriented around one main forum,the social forum, which appears listed on the main page. It is useful for situations that are more free form. They may not even be courses.

When selecting the social format, it is possible to specify how many discussions you wish to display on the course page

The social forum can be edited by clicking the 'Update this forum' button on the social forum page. The forum introduction is displayed at the top of the course page. Activities and resources can be added on the side by using the Social activities block.

Single activity format

The single activity format only has 1 section, and allows the teacher to add one activity only to the course. When the single activity format is selected, a drop down menu appears for the teacher to choose the activity they wish to use. See the "See also" section below for a screencast and working example of the single activity course format.


This course format replaces the SCORM format, as it is possible here to select a SCORM package as the single activity.

Single activity format with a forum as the activity and social format are very similar. The only difference is when the course contains other activities. The single activity format displays them as "orphaned" and for teachers only; the social format displays them in an activities block and available for users.