A page resource creates a link to a screen that displays the content created by the teacher. The robust Text editor allows the page to display many different kinds of content such as plain text, images, audio, video, embedded code or a combination of all these.
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Pages are for static content- a student cannot interact with them except to view them.
A page is a handy way to display information to students without having them navigate away from Moodle. This keeps less tech-savvy students from getting lost or disoriented and is a sure way to ensure better control over content shared with a class (less chance of a link dying, content changing, etc.)
Suggested Uses for Pages
You can use Moodle pages however you want but if you’re looking for ideas and examples we think pages might be ideal for some of the following:
- providing a list of resources available to students
- containing small parts of reading material (for more expansive reading material, see book resources.)
- Notes or instructions like lesson material or written lecture
- Assignment instructions without an online turn-in (if you want the turn-in use an Assignment activity)
- Embedded YouTube Video(s)
- Large tables of data relevant to a lesson
- Containing Syllabus text that’s kept within Moodle (rather than say, a word document or PDF)
Viewing a Page
As Seen from the Course Overview
A page resource, will appear in the section/Topic with an Icon resembling a text document and labled as a Page.
As Seen from Inside the Resource
This view of a resource is a fine way to keep newer and less tech-savvy students inside Moodle and still get information without adding the confusion linking them away from the LMS with a web page with no way to easily return to your course.
Viewing a Page will always result in the Name of the page at the top, followed by the Page Content.
Should you fill out the Description you can opt to have that information display:
- from the Course Overview page by checking Display description on course page under the General section
- Between the Name of the page and the Page content by checking Display page description under the Appearance section
- You can opt to not show the Name of the page when viewing the resource by checking the Display page name under the Appearance section.
Editing a Page
Updating a page has very basic settings:
Name: This is the name of your Page, it will appear on the course/weekly/topic view of the course as well as at the top of the viewed page.
Description: This text may not actually be displayed to students. To make it available to students you will need to check on of the following other items:
- General: Display description on Course Page – to display it below the resource link on the course view
- Appearance: Display Page Description – to be displayed when viewing a page between the name and the page content
Display description on Course page: Check this if you would like all the content in the Description text box detailed above to be displayed on the course page underneath the resource link.
Page Content: This is the meat of your page, populate it with your syllabus, tables of information, a series of links whatever you like!
The sort of content you place on a page is limited only by your imagination and the Text Editor. For directions on adding or embedding different sorts of content see the text editor page for assistance.
Display page name: This box is, by default checked. Unchecking it will not show the Page resource’s Name when viewing the page allowing you to use a different heading within the Content of your page if so inclined.
Display Page Description: As mentioned above this check box will display the page description on the page view between the name and the page content.
Sections Common Module Settings and Restrict Access are available on all activities and resources and are not unique to Page resources. Both are used to customize the display of a given activity or resource.