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”

Viewing the Gradebook

There are numerous views and screens available of the Moodle gradebook, but only a few are commonly used.

When you first access the Gradebook by clicking on “Grades” under the Navigation box, the Grader Report view is shown as the default.  This view shows all the grades for all the students in the course, with scrollbars along the right side and bottom for classes with a large number of students and/or assignments.  To sort the students by a grade column, click on the arrow symbol next to the column name.  This will allow you to toggle between ascending and descending views of the grade column. Continue reading “Viewing the Gradebook”

Making the course available to students

CourseSettings_ShowHideIf the link to your course on the home page is dark blue, then the course is already available to students.  If the course link is gray, and you want the course to be available to the students, click on “Edit Settings” in the Administration block located on the lower left side of the page. Continue reading “Making the course available to students”

Copy materials from another course

It is very easy to import materials, including course section descriptions and files, from a previous course rather than reloading them.

First, go to the course site that you want to import materials to.

Under the course settings, make sure that the number of weeks or topics is set to the same value as the pre-existing course. Continue reading “Copy materials from another course”

Editing a course

To add or alter the contents of a course, including adding activities or resources, a teacher must turn editing on.  To do this, use the “Turn editing on” button located either at the top right of any course page when you’re logged in, or within the Administration block on the left, directly beneath Course Administration (as shown in the image on the left).  This same button is also used to turn editing off when you are finished editing the course. Continue reading “Editing a course”

Adding an Activity


To add an activity or resource, first turn editing on using the button in the top right hand corner or in the bottom left under “Course Administration.” 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” Add_Resourcebutton.  Note that more than one resource can be added to a section. Continue reading “Adding a Resource”

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”