Add a course summary and image

Why use it?

The Course summary is useful to display a brief overview of your course contents. This is a great way for users to find out what your course is about.

Additionally, you can upload a course image to display next to your course summary to make your course more appealing and allow users to easily identify it from their other courses.

 

Step 1: Add a course summary

Turn editing on and then go into the Administration block on the course page left hand side, select Edit Settings.
In the course settings page, scroll down until you find the Course Summary text editor to type in and finish by clicking Save and Display.

Your text should now appear in the top right hand section in your course main page.

When using the Moodle text editor, we recommend to type your text directly into the text area or to only copy paste plain text and use the built-in editor tools to style it.

An ideal word limit for the course summary is 100 words, and you should avoid exceeding 200 words if possible.

Step 2: Add a course image

Turn editing on and then go into the Administration block on the course page left hand side, select Edit Settings.

In the course settings page, scroll down until you find the Course summary files upload area. Drag and drop an image or click on the upload icon to choose an image file.

If there is an image already in the course summary files area you may need to delete it before uploading an image again. This can be done by clicking on the image and selecting the Delete button.

Once you upload the image, select the relevant license type and click the Upload this file button.

Scroll to the bottom and click Save and display.

Image size and ratio

Images should ideally have a 2.7 : 1 aspect ratio. This means that the width of the image should be about 2.7 times the height. You can achieve this using the ‘crop’ feature in any graphics application.

If your image is longer and shorter than this, the image will be cut off at each end; similarly, if it is narrower and taller, then it will be cut off at top and bottom. Normally this will still look OK!

Images should have a minimum width of 1024 pixels. Smaller images can be used, but you may find they look pixellated.

Make sure that the image you are using does not break any copyright laws! You can find creative commons images on:

Note: More information on multimedia copyright can be found on the Intellectual Property and Copyright section of our Moodle Baseline guides.