Moodle 2.3 – Section per page

One new setting that I think many people will like is the new Course Setting called  Course layout. This is set by editing the course settings. This is taken from the Moodle 2.3 Dev branch.

This setting determines whether the whole course is displayed on one page or split over several pages. The setting has no effect on the SCORM format however works nicely on topics and weeks!

The Options are

  • Show all sections on one page
  • Show one section per page

So what does it look like?

The following images show the course page as it is at first with just the section name showing in a list, and then as the user moves through some of the sections.

The things to note are

  1. The main page is now an index for the course
  2. There is basically a next section / previous section above and below the section area but using the name of the section
  3. Section 0 is still there (like using the old  &section=  option, so you need to be aware of what you put in that section).
Index of the Course page - "One section per page" option on

Index of the Course page - "One section per page" option on


Looking at one section

Looking at one section


Paged Version of Course - Last Page

Paged Version of Course - Last Page


So as you hopefully can see this provides a nice section by section experience.

Of course now, make sure your section 0 is just 1 line of text/graphic in size to get best use of this and that your topic fits on one screen!

Nice improvement!

As per comment, changed the images to be a real course.

This is one of a number of great improvements for the course page which includes the lovely activity selector pane. So keep an eye on the Moodle tracker!

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8 Responses to Moodle 2.3 – Section per page

  1. Martin Dougiamas says:

    Note this is still being refined as we speak.

    And also the Moodle features demo is the worst possible example to use as it’s not how Moodle courses should be laid out. 🙂

  2. ghenrick says:

    Points taken! and changes made.

  3. KerryJ says:

    It looks interesting. Hope they’ll have an option to make it a bit more visual though – is fairly texty.

    Thanks for the review.



  4. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Death to the Scroll of Death!

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  6. Greg Porter says:

    Is there an easy way to migrate courses that used the “flexpage” format to “section as page”

    Thanks for your attention to this matter,

    • ghenrick says:

      Hi Greg,

      Not that I know of, all the items will need to get moved around once you go back to a default topics course format.

      That is unfortunately one of the risks of using a format which does not “swap back and forth” to other topics easily.

      Sorry to not be of help!


  7. Wolfgang Christian says:

    Is there a way to let students switch form Topics Layout to Sections per Page layout? The Topics Layout gives a nice big picture view but the Sections Per Page layout is better when a student starts working on a specific topic.

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