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  2. MDL-35125

Change in layout of the activity chooser for common landscape devices

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    • Type: Improvement Improvement
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Minor Minor
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: Future Dev
    • Fix Version/s: DEV backlog
    • Component/s: Course, Usability
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      Description

      Following on from the demonstration and discussion of the Activity Chooser by Andrew Nicols at the August 2012 developer meeting - http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Developer_meeting_August_2012 - it occurred to me that the layout could be improved for Netbooks / Tablets / more common landscape orientated displays if it was adjusted to have the information at the bottom with the activities / resources at the top being scroll'able to allow for more to be added without increasing the size of the window. Please see attached mock up.

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          Gareth J Barnard added a comment -

          Mock up image Add_ar.png

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          Gareth J Barnard added a comment - Mock up image Add_ar.png
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          Michael de Raadt added a comment -

          Thanks for following that up, Gareth. And thanks for the mock-up.

          Andrew: over to you.

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          Michael de Raadt added a comment - Thanks for following that up, Gareth. And thanks for the mock-up. Andrew: over to you.
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          Andrew Nicols added a comment -

          I think this is all possible with CSS...
          Unfortunately I really don't have any time to work on this at the moment or for the next few weeks. I'll get to it if I can but I can't promise it'll be before 2.4 freeze.

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          Andrew Nicols added a comment - I think this is all possible with CSS... Unfortunately I really don't have any time to work on this at the moment or for the next few weeks. I'll get to it if I can but I can't promise it'll be before 2.4 freeze.
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          Gareth J Barnard added a comment -

          Thanks Andrew , so in principle it is a good thing?

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          Gareth J Barnard added a comment - Thanks Andrew , so in principle it is a good thing?
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          Jason Hardin added a comment -

          This would be my recommendations for the format. I would remove the help myself because it is only useful for beginning teachers. These teachers will read the description once and most likely never need it again. Do you really need to read what a quiz is more than once if you are a teacher or an assignment?

          The issues our end users are reporting with the current designs and the space taken up by the help is as follows:

          1. Take up more than 60% of the screen forcing the user to scroll to find the activity they want to create which is an extra click for help text they don't want.
          2. Selecting an activity at the top forces the user to drag their mouse to the add button to add which is a fair distance from the activity selected. I understand double clicking the name creates the activity but this is not obvious in the interface it takes random action in the system to figure out.
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          Jason Hardin added a comment - This would be my recommendations for the format. I would remove the help myself because it is only useful for beginning teachers. These teachers will read the description once and most likely never need it again. Do you really need to read what a quiz is more than once if you are a teacher or an assignment? The issues our end users are reporting with the current designs and the space taken up by the help is as follows: Take up more than 60% of the screen forcing the user to scroll to find the activity they want to create which is an extra click for help text they don't want. Selecting an activity at the top forces the user to drag their mouse to the add button to add which is a fair distance from the activity selected. I understand double clicking the name creates the activity but this is not obvious in the interface it takes random action in the system to figure out.
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          Jason Hardin added a comment -

          In reviewing this I would even remove the add and cancel button. Migrate double click to a single click or tab and return and have a close icon to exit the interface and probably make escape keyboard accessible to close the modal as well.

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          Jason Hardin added a comment - In reviewing this I would even remove the add and cancel button. Migrate double click to a single click or tab and return and have a close icon to exit the interface and probably make escape keyboard accessible to close the modal as well.
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          Jason Hardin added a comment -

          An alternative would be to add support for ctrl+n to allow a user to use keyboard short cut to add an activity and add a selector for the topic to place the new activity in.

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          Jason Hardin added a comment - An alternative would be to add support for ctrl+n to allow a user to use keyboard short cut to add an activity and add a selector for the topic to place the new activity in.
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          Helen Foster added a comment -

          Jason, if teachers don't want to see the activity help any more, can't they just turn the activity chooser off via the link in the course settings? Alternatively, an admin can disable it by default across the whole site.

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          Helen Foster added a comment - Jason, if teachers don't want to see the activity help any more, can't they just turn the activity chooser off via the link in the course settings? Alternatively, an admin can disable it by default across the whole site.

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