Copy materials from another course

It is very easy to import materials, including course section descriptions, files, quizzes and assignments, from a previous course rather than reloading them. During this import,  you do not have to include student submissions and grades, which would be the most commonly-used option.

First, go to the course site that you want to import materials to. Continue reading “Copy materials from another course”

Create an Assignment

First, make sure editing has been turned on in the course, as described in the “Editing a Course” post.  Go to the course section (week or topic) where you want to create an assignment.  From the “+Add an activity or resource” link, choose Assignment under Activities.  Then click the “Add” button at the bottom of the pop-up window.  You will then be working within the Adding a new Assignment window.  Continue reading “Create an Assignment”

Creating and Using Groups

Creating groups in a Moodle site can be useful in a number of ways: You can create discussion areas for group projects, keep multiple sections of the same course separated, set different due dates for assignments based on group membership, and even create individual research logs by creating a group for each student. Continue reading “Creating and Using Groups”

Making the course available to students


You will need to access Course Settings to activate the course for students. Look in the upper-right part of the screen for the little gear icon next to ‘Turn editing on:’

When you click the little downward-facing triangle, the first choice is “Edit settings”:

Click on that, and then scroll down until you see “Course visibility.” It will be set to “Hide,” change it to “Show”:

Then, at the bottom of the page, click Save—and the course will be visible to students.

Gradebook Weighting

The Moodle gradebook offers quite a bit of flexibility in setting up your grading method. There are numerous ways you can aggregate grades such as Mean of grades, Weighted mean of grades, and Natural. We suggest you review the calculations behind the aggregation methods before setting up your gradebook, as there is so much variety. Continue reading “Gradebook Weighting”

Uploading a file to your site

To add a file, such as a Word document (.doc), pdf document, audio, or video file, enter your course and “Turn editing on” using the button in the right-hand corner of the page.  Choose the section that you are interested in, and then click on “+Add an activity or resource” in the bottom right corner of the section.   Within the pop-up window, scroll down to Resources, click on the File option button, and then click on “Add” at the bottom of the window. Important note: we discourage the use of long file names or special characters in the file name, as this can lead to download errors. Continue reading “Uploading a file to your site”