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.

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”

The HTML Block

The HTML block in Moodle is one of my favorite and one of the most  underused features of Moodle.  This block allows you to add any HTML you’d like in a block on your site. You can have multiple blocks with different content. For example you could share links to library resources, such as Lib Guides, or use it to post office hours or TA contact information. Continue reading “The HTML Block”

Adding an Activity

To add an activity or resource, first turn editing on using the button in the top right hand corner. There are numerous interactive activity modules that you can add to a course section using the “+Add an activity or resource” button, located in the bottom right of each week or topic section.  Some of these activities can be linked directly to the Gradebook for scoring and assessment. Continue reading “Adding an Activity”

Adding a Resource

A resource is a digital item, such as a file or a link, that a teacher can use to support learning and assessment.  A wide range of resource types are supported in Moodle, and are shown in the figure to the right.  Resources are added to a course section during an editing session using the “+Add an activity or resource” button.  Note that more than one resource can be added to a section. 

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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”

Customizing course layout

The home page for a course is divided into course sections and blocks. The center column contains the course sections, usually organized either by week or topic. Resources (such as PDFs or other files), activities (such as forums), and assessment (such as quizzes, tests, or assignment dropboxes) can be added to the individual sections. Continue reading “Customizing course layout”