Learn@Illinois Moodle - Using Blocks

This page shows how blocks can be used to help instructors stay organized. Blocks are items which typically appear to the left of your course site. They can contain many different kinds of content depending on the type of block you choose.

For a permanent link to this information, please use: http://go.illinois.edu/MoodleBlocks

We will use the Calendar block as an example in the instructions below.

Adding a Block

  1. In the upper right, click on the orange button that says Turn editing on
    turn editing on
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. In the lower left, click on the drop-down menu under "Add a block" and choose the type of block you want to add.

Configuring a Block

The options available for configuring your block depend on the type of block you're working with. However, all blocks have some basic settings that can be configured. 
  1. Click on the Actions (gear) icon under the block's name to open a drop-down menu.
    Calendar block expand gear icon screenshot
  2. Select Configure_Block name_block in the menu.
  3. Set the configuration settings as desired.
      • The "Original block location" lets you know where the block was created.
      • Choose what types of pages the block can be displayed on using the "Display on page types" drop-down list.
      • Choose which region of the page the block will be displayed on by default using the "Default region" drop-down list.
      • The "Default weight" drop-down list assigns a ranking to the block which will determine how high up it will appear on the page when it is added to a course site.
      • Show or hide the block using the "Visible" drop-down list.
      • Choose which region of the page the block will be displayed on using the "Region" drop-down list.
      • The "Weight" drop-down list assigns a ranking to the block which will determine how high up it appears on the page.

      Hiding a Block

      1. Click on the Actions (gear) icon under the block's name.
        Calendar block expand gear icon screenshot
      2. Select Hide_Block name_block next to the eye icon.

      3. To show the block again, click on the Actions (gear) icon and then Show_Block name_block next to the crossed out eye icon.

      Deleting a Block

      1. Click on the Actions (gear) icon under the block's name.
        Calendar block expand gear icon screenshot
      2. Click on Delete_Block name_block next to the X icon.

      3. A message will display in the center of the page asking you to confirm your action. Click Yes to confirm it.




      Keywords:moodle, add, delete, configure, show, hide   Doc ID:71419
      Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
      Created:2017-03-06 16:32 CDTUpdated:2018-08-03 13:20 CDT
      Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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