Tiles documentation

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! A site administrator can set the available colours under Site Admin > Plugins > Course Formats > Tiles Format. 

The colours chosen by the Site Administrator will then be available for teachers to apply to courses under Course Admin > Edit settings.

There is no functionality for this at present. However it is possible to “highlight” one tile within a course, using the standard Moodle “section highlight” feature (i.e. in edit mode, click “Edit” next to the section and select “Highlight”).  The “highlight” will show the tile with a red bar at the top.

There is no specific admin setting for this. However, a Site Administrator with knowledge of CSS could use the “Custom CSS” box under Site Admin > Plugins > Course Formats > Tiles Format to apply whichever colours are required. For example:

.format-tiles li.activity.subtile.resource.pdf {
     border-top-color: orange;
}


.format-tiles li.activity.subtile.url {
     border-top-color: #4169E1;
}

There is no specific admin setting for this. However, a Site Administrator with knowledge of CSS could use the “Custom CSS” box under Site Admin > Plugins > Course Formats > Tiles Format to do this. E.g. if they added something like this, tiles would be much narrower than as standard:

.format-tiles .course-content ul.tiles .tile {
     max-width: 160px;
}

There is no specific admin setting for this through the user interface (yet). However, for someone with access to the server, it would be easy to achieve. They could do one of the following:

  • edit the icon_set.php file to add new “Font Awesome” icons to the $fontawesometileicons variable; or
  • add new icon image files (whether “Font Awesome” or not) to the pix/tileicon directory within the plugin.

In either case, a Site Administrator should purge all caches once the icons have been added. The new tile icons will then be available for teachers to select.

Care will need to be taken to preserve any edits made if the plugin is upgraded to a new version.

From version 3.7, yes you can. Please see the teacher documentation

If you are using the app, you will see the standard app layout. Tiles will be shown if users access Moodle using their phone’s browser.

Yes, if you are using plugin version 3.7 or higher. Just pick a “URL” activity, enter your URL as normal and select “Display: Embed”.

A note of caution though – many websites will block embedding, for copyright, security and other reasons. Some websites allow it (e.g. YouTube / Vimeo), but increasingly it is blocked. See also https://docs.moodle.org/36/en/Iframe

Yes! Use a URL activity, set the URL to the URL of your video, and select “Display: embed”.