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Visual Design for Moodle Courses

Example of branded image used on course sites

Moodle courses have a persistent branded image applied to all courses within each School and program, for the following reasons:

  • To ensure the images used in Moodle courses scale effectively across multiple devices (e.g.computer monitor, laptop screen, tablet) for a seamless user experience.
  • To support consistent RRU branding on both public-facing web properties (e.g.www.royalroads.ca) and student-centric web properties (e.g. Moodle courses).
  • To improve the professional look-and-feel of Moodle courses, using images that are correctly sized and are not “yet another castle image”.
  • To enhance the student user experience within each program. Student feedback indicates students don’t care about the course code/number on their course (e.g.“EXCH500[EXCOACH-CERT 2015-2OL] Apr 27 2015 - Best Practices in Executive Coaching”) and instead refer to their courses by name only (e.g. “Best Practices in Executive Coaching”).

The CTET Course Production team currently supports about 750 course instances annually. The technical review process, performed to make sure our students have a good experience in Moodle, assures that links work, courses have correct information, and they seamlessly integrate other tools and resources. With our growing course portfolio, this requires a big effort from the CTET Course Production team.  To reduce this effort, we continue to look for ways to automate processes. One process improvement is to reduce the requirement to source and edit appropriate images, and to check and edit text that appears on every course, such as the link to “The Launchpad: Orientation to RRU”.

The current default images used for Moodle programs/courses are the same images which are used to market RRU programs on the public web. Program Directors may choose alternative images for their course portfolio. Programs wishing to request a change to their default program visual image can submit images that meet specifications.

In the future, CTET may have a collection of images that can be dynamically generated for each unique course; however this will require more complex coding at the back-end of Moodle than can not be currently accommodated.