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Editing activities, labels & resource

We did some work earlier this year on looking at whats been called moodle’s edit clutter.

The edit clutter can roughly be described as the screen ‘noise’ provided by all the amount of icons on a moodle site when your editing content. Alongside the edit clutter we also tried to help with a common question our tutors ask – ‘What do all these icons mean?’

We tested a few prototype with our users, and after a number of iterations this is resulting design pattern of user interaction.


As always, comments and feedback are very welcome.


  1. @AnalogueTeacher
    Posted April 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    That’s fantastic! Any chance you could share some of your code?

  2. Richard Heath
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    A really excellent and extremely worthwhile addition to the functionality of Moodle. I hope this becomes part of core in the not-too-distant future!

  3. Sam
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Finally an editing mode that “makes sense” – this is a very positive step in the right direction and like the other comments, I think this should be seriously considered for future versions of Moodle.

    Can I ask – how many hours work would you have put into interface design like this?


  4. Andrea
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I haven’t noticed that this has been put into Moodle yet, is it going to be added?

  5. Stuart Lamour
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    There was some discussion about it being in a version of moodle- http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Paged_course_formats – but i’m unsure when/if this is actually planned.

  6. Posted July 30, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    wow, so it looks like this might actually go into moodle!

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