Course formats

Why use it?

Course formats help you structure your course content using different layouts.

What ever format you choose try and make your course as accessible and user friendly as possible with clear labels, meaningful titles and descriptive names for files and images.

Step 1: Select a course format

Go to the course page and Turn editing on.

From the Administration block, click Edit Settings. From the course settings page, scroll to Course Format and click to expand it.

Click the drop-down menu on Format to reveal the choice of formats.

Select the required format from the list (you can view examples of the available formats below).

Click Save and display to apply the new layout.

Note: Changing the format of an existing course will not remove any content.

Course formats available at LSE

The formats that are available at LSE are listed below. Please note that for most purposes, the Grid and Collapsed Topics formats are to be preferred, because they allow for a compact display that helps students find what they need. The Weekly and Topics formats tend to lead to long pages that are harder to navigate.

Grid format

This format, hides all content and creates a grid of icons and/or images for each section.

Clicking on a section icon/image will display the section content.

To make this course format accessible for keyboard and screen reader users, go to the course settings and from the Course format options set the Course layout to Show one section per page.


Collapsed topics format

All course sections except the General section are collapsed. Sections can be toggled to hide or expand the section content.

Note that the Open All, Close All and > buttons are not accessible to keyboard users. However, it is possible to use the tab key to navigate to links for individual sections and then press enter to open a section. Then use the tab key to move from one section to the next.



The course page is organised into weeks based on the course start date inputted in the course settings.



The course page is organised into topics. You can enter a custom section name for each topic.