Switching between the available course formats in eClass

Article Last Updated July 2021

Course formats in eClass are options that organize and structure your course content differently, without affecting the content itself. There are 6 Formats that can be used in your course:
  • Weekly format
  • Topics format
  • Collapsed Topics
  • Collapsed Topics with Collapsed Labels
  • Onetopic format
  • Social format

You can change your course’s format inside of Course Settings.

    1. Weekly format names each content section (or topic) in your course with the date range of one week. To modify when the weeks start - change the “Course start date” under General while editing your Course Settings. Note: this setting ONLY modifies the date ranges for the displayed weeks and nothing else in your course.

      The current week will be highlighted as the current topic and is automatically updated each week.

    2. Topics, Collapsed Topics, and Collapsed Topics with Collapsed Labels are very similar layouts, each organizing the course into content sections with editable names and headers. Both the collapsed types are useful for making your course content more compact. The differences can be seen in the image below showing the three formats applied to the same course with the same content:

      • Topics format:

      • Collapsed Topics format:

      • Collapsed Topics with Collapsed Labels format:

        Note that for the Collapsed topics with Collapsed labels format that activities and resources must be indented under a label to be collapsed inside of it. This can be done by clicking Edit → Move right.

        Collapsed Topics with Collapsed Labels is a very rigid layout designed specifically to be used only with labels consisting of a single-line of unformatted text.

      New in July 2021: Collapsed Topics and Collapsed Topics with Collapsed Labels formats now display due dates/close times below assignments and quizzes, as well as the number of submissions or attempts:

      Instructor view, collapsed topics
      Students see a slightly different view, indicating the status of their own submission or attempt:

      Note that in large-enrollment courses, a known issue may slow down instructor's course page views when this enhanced activity information feature is enabled. In those cases, instructors may want (or need) to turn off this feature in their course format settings to speed up their course performance:

      To set the current topic in these three formats, click Turn Editing On in the top right of the course and then click on Edit in the top right corner of the topic that you would like highlighted, then on Highlight:

      The current topic will be highlighted. If you are using a layout with collapsed topics, whichever topic you set as the current topic will be opened by default. This helps students to find the content currently being covered in the course.

      It is possible to set up Collapsed Topics or Collapsed Topics with Labels to behave like the Weekly format. After changing your course format to one of these two modes, the page will refresh and you will be given some additional options under Course format in your course’s settings. Under Set structure, select Week to mimic the behavior of weekly format while maintaining the use of collapsible topics.


    3. OneTopic places each topic on a separate page and adds a series of links at the top of the course allowing users to navigate between the pages:

      More information about the Onetopic format can be found here.

    4. Social format is unique in that it does not behave like the other topics. In social format, the course is just a single forum with no additional activities or resources.


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