Category Archives: Course settings

Restricting access to final assignment until feedback has been completed

One of the regular questions we get asked is

How do I prevent students from submitting their final assignment until the course feedback has been completed?

This can be done using ‘Conditional Activities‘ [see Moodle 2.4 Docs here]

To do this, Completion Tracking must be enabled at site level, and activated at course level for any courses where you want to use it.

  1. Add your Feedback activity then in the settings scroll down to ‘Activity completion’.
    For ‘Completion tracking’ choose ‘Show activity as complete when conditions are met‘ then tick the two boxes for ‘Student must view this activity to complete it‘ and ‘View as completed if the feedback is submitted‘.


  2. Return to the course and add a Turnitin or regular assignment. In the ‘Restrict access’ settings choose the name of your feedback activity in the ‘Activity completion condition’ section, and choose ‘must be marked complete’.

    In the ‘Before activity can be accessed’ section choose ‘Show activity greyed-out, with restriction information


  3. Now when you return to the course you’ll see what the students will see. The assignment will be greyed-out and won’t be unlocked until the Feedback activity has been submitted.



Course formats in Moodle 2

The way that we organise content within our VLE at Glyndŵr University is going to change from September 2012. We will be moving to an automated system whereby programme spaces and module spaces are created automatically, using data from Student Records. At the moment, we have some course sites that are very large, and also therefore display a lot of content when the student first logs in, presenting us with the issue of what Mark Drechsler coined the ‘scroll of death‘. Once the integration takes place, we are hoping that this will be less of a problem.

However, for those course sites where there will always be lots of information presented on the front page, with Moodle 2 we will have some new course formats which have been designed to combat this problem:

Single format

With the single format, when the student first enters the course, they will only see one topic, but they can move to other areas of the course by using the dropdown menu that appears next to ‘Jump to…’ underneath the current topic. They can also choose to display all topics again by clicking on the ‘Show all topics’ icon. However, whichever whey choose to display the topics the student won’t see topic ‘0’ at the top of the screen, as they do in other formats. This doesn’t mean you can’t use the News forum with this format, but it does mean you should probably make sure you show the Latest News block on your site to display any news items.

Single format

Collapsed Topics

In the Collapsed Topics format there is a ‘toggle’ for each topic section (apart from topic ‘0’), which makes it easy to hide or display each topic, reducing the amount of content visible on the screen. Moodle remembers the state of the ‘toggle’ the next time you log into that course site with the same account.

Collapsed topics screen print

Collapsed Weeks

The Collapsed Weeks works like the Collapsed Topics, in that there is a ‘toggle’ function again, but of course the sections are divided into weeks rather than topics. The current week is highlighted in yellow, but the student can choose to look at previous or future weeks’ content by clicking on the appropriate ‘toggle’.

Collapsed Weeks screen shot

The video below explains how to change your course settings and course format, as well as explaining the different course formats available to us at Glyndŵr.