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Onetopic Format

Onetopic Format


The Onetopic Format is a course format that can be used as an alternative to the default topic format.

While the "Topic format" shows all sections of a course room on one page, the "Onetopic format" only shows the currently selected section.

Navigation between sections is done by means of navigation arrows or a tab bar. The "Onetopic Format" thus offers a more compact page display that requires less scrolling, especially in well-filled learning rooms. The tab bar also allows the differentiation of main topics and subtopics.


1. Configure Onetopic Format

To change the default topic format to Onetopic format proceed as follows:

  1. Open the Course Administration via the blue cogwheel Screenshot: Zahnrad-Icon für Einstellungen in the upper right corner of the learning room.
  2. There, select "Edit settings" to open the course settings.                                                                                                                                                                                  Screenshot: Course Administration, course room settings
  3. Scroll down to section "Course Format".
  4. Under "Format" select "Onetopic format".
  5. After selecting that format further setting options will appear to configure that format appropriately.
  6. After you have chosen the appropriate settings save the changed settings by clicking on "Save changes".

1.1. Hidden Sections

If "Hidden sections are shown in collapsed form with available message" is selected, hidden topics are not visible to students in the left selection bar. They remain visible in the tab bar, but are greyed out and cannot be clicked and opened. If "Hidden sections are completely invisible" is selected, students cannot see them in the left selection bar or in the tab bar.

1.2. Hide tabs bar

If "No" is selected, a tab bar is displayed above the topic view.  Like the left navigation bar and the navigation arrows at the bottom of a topic, this allows you to switch back and forth between sections. The tab bar can also be extended by a subordinate bar with subtopics. This allows you to arrange sections hierarchically. In the navigation bar, you can recognize subtopics by the fact that they are slightly indented to the right compared to the topics in the upper table bar. With the setting "Yes" the tab bar can be hidden. However, this makes navigation more difficult since you can only switch between sections by means of navigation arrows moving to the next or the previous topic or through the topic list under "Sections".

1.3. Display of section 0

  • Before the tabs" - In this case, the first section entitled "General" is decoupled from the following sections. The content of this section will then be permanently displayed above the currently selected section.
  • As tab - With this option, section 0 will be the first tab of the tab bar.

1.4. Use description as summary

You have three options here:

  • No, display as default - With this option all activities and materials stored in this section are listed one below the other as usual. Instead, activities and materials can also be included as links in the description of a section by specifying [[resource name]].
  • Yes, use the summary as a template - With this option only the description is displayed for each section. Resources that are not included are accordingly not visible to students.
  • Yes, use the summary as a template and list resources not included - This allows the combination of listing and summary by listing resources not included in the description.

1.5. Show icons of resources in the description

This setting integrates the icons of activities that are included in the description into the continuous text.


2. Use Onetopic Format

Once the desired settings for the course format have been chosen, the course room can be filled with topics and activities. The tab bar is displayed in this mode regardless of previous settings.

2.1. Add Section

To add a section, click on the plus symbol + to the right of the latest topic. The section is added by default with the title "Section" and a number.

2.2. Edit Section

>Under "Edit", the section can be highlighted with a bold font, grey section background, and blue frame lines and can also be hidden or deleted.

The "Edit section" sub-item allows you to adjust the title, description, and design. The hierarchy level can also be selected in the tab bar. In the case of a hidden tab bar, this arrangement is irrelevant as it has no effect on the page structure.

2.3. Tab level

Unlike the standard topic format, the Onetopic Format allows sections to be arranged hierarchically as top and bottom topics in a top and bottom tab bar:

  • Normal, as a first-level tab - This places a section as a top-level topic in the top, first tab bar.
  • Child of the previous tab - This makes a section a subtopic in a lower, second tab bar instead. This second tab bar only becomes visible when the corresponding main theme is clicked. If you select the "Child of previous tab" setting for a section, this section becomes the subtopic of the immediately preceding section at the upper level.

It is also possible to move sections subsequently. This is explained below under the "2.5. Move section".

2.4. Text of the first tab in sublevel

The subordinate tab bar always starts with an automatically added "Index" tab. To change the default title "Index", go to the settings of the corresponding parent topic and enter the desired title in "Text of the first tab in sublevel". Unlike the other sub-topics, the "Index" tab does not appear on the left under "Course content" but is only represented in the tab bar itself. It can be used for general information on the selected main topic that is not assigned to a specific sub-topic.

2.5. Move section

To move a section, call it up and then click on "Tabs edition utilities" at the bottom of the section content. This explains where to click in order to place a section appropriately.



Upper sections can also be moved in this way. Subtopics belonging to the upper section are not moved, however, but are added to the previous section.

The section "General" cannot be moved.

2.6. Move synchronously

This setting is cross-sectional and allows you to set move options for activities and documents. If synchronous moving is activated, contents within a section can be moved using drag and drop. If it is deactivated, contents can also be moved between sections, but then contents can only be moved to predefined areas.

2.7. Duplicate Section

The currently selected section will be duplicated, creating a new section named "Section n" to the right of the current section, which contains the documents and activities as a copy. If you duplicate a section with subtopics, the duplicate takes over the subtopics (not copies of them!). If you duplicate a subtopic, the duplicated topic will be added as another subtopic on the right.


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last changed on 10/23/2022

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