Adding Blocks

Article Last Updated June 2021

Blocks can be added on your main course page or on some activity and resource sub-pages. Note that if you are using a somewhat small display and do not see any blocks on the right hand side of your course, your browser may have switched the eClass display into tablet mode and all the blocks will appear at the bottom of the page, underneath the main content sections. You can restore the regular view by zooming out using the standard browser shortcuts of CMD/CTRL '-'.

Adding Blocks

  1. Click on Turn editing on, near top right side.



  2. Scroll down to the Add a Block button found at the bottom of the left-hand navigation bar, then click on it.



  3. A pop-up menu will appear. Choose the type of block that you would like to add and click on it. The block will automatically appear on the page. In this example, an HTML block appears in the page.



 

Editing Block Settings

  1. Click on the gear icon, then on Configure (new HTML block) block to customize the block.



  2. Each block has a standard set of customizations that are the same for each element:
    • Block settings
      The settings in this area allow you to modify settings for the specific block. "Block title" is optional while "Content" is required.




    • Where this block appears
      • "Original block location" - This is the original location where the block was created. Block settings may cause it to appear in other locations (contexts) within the original location. For example, a block created on a course page could be displayed in activities within that course. A block created on the front page can be displayed throughout the site.
      • "Display on page types" - Determines what page types you want your block to be displayed. You can choose any of the following: 'Any page', 'Any course page', or 'Any type of course main page'.
      • "Default region" - Themes may define one or more named block regions where blocks are displayed. This setting defines which of these you want this block to appear in by default. The region may be overridden on specific pages if required.
      • "Default weight" - Allows you to choose roughly where you want the block to appear in the chosen region, either at the top or the bottom. The final location is calculated from all blocks in that region. For example, only one block can actually be at the top. This value can be overridden on specific pages if required.



    • On This Page
      • "Visible" - Toggles whether or not the block will be visible on the current page you’re on.
      • "Region" - Toggles where you want the block to be displayed on the current page you’re on.
      • "Weight" -  Allows you to choose roughly where you want the block to appear in the chosen region on the current page you’re on.



  3. Set the customizations for each area and save it when you are done.

 

Moving Blocks

Blocks can be dragged and dropped to different areas of the screen when in edit mode. Click and hold on the Move Block icon then drag the block to where you need.

Depending on your browser settings, you may not be able to drag and drop, and may have to move blocks manually.

  1. Click on the Move Block icon.



  2. Then, either hold and drag the block, or click on the location where you would like the block moved.



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