Moodle Basics

Moodle is designed in such a way that you can use it incrementally.  In this post, we’ll go over the basics of using Moodle to post and organize your course content.

Please find PDFs linked in the sidebar for General Setup, Assignments, Forums, and Grading

It starts with a Course

Most everything in Moodle is based on courses.  A course is the center of your activity in Moodle.  Students and instructors are given access to materials based on courses that they are enrolled in and the roles they are given in those courses.  At Smith, most courses are created automatically by pulling data from Banner.  So if you are teaching an undergraduate course at Smith that exists in Banner, there is most likely already a Moodle course ready to go with the Banner title and enrollments already set.

When you first arrive at a course in Moodle, you’ll see it is set up, but mostly empty.

 

Most everything in your course fits somewhere within the basic structure you see here.  A course has topics, and topics have resources (files or pages that students will read, listen to, or watch) and/or activities (things that students will do or turn in).  In addition, you can add blocks to your course that add functionality such as a calendar or appointment scheduler.

Topics

Courses come set with 14 empty topics.  You can use one per week if you like, or you can use them to set up major subject areas or types of materials.   To edit the title of a topic, follow the steps below.

1

Turn editing on by clicking the button on the upper right side of the screen.

2

Hover over the topic until you see the pencil icon, then click the pencil. 

3

Type your new title and hit enter!

4

Your topic is changed!

Adding Resources to Your Topics

Most people starting out with Moodle first use it as a central place to post the syllabus, key course information, readings and other resources that students will use throughout the course.  In this section, we’ll go over two different ways to add documents.

The easiest way is to just “drag and drop”.

 

1

Locate the item you want to upload on your computer.

2

Turn editing on by clicking the button on the upper right side of the screen.

3

Drag the item into the topic where you want it to go.  You can always drag it somewhere else if needed. 

You can add other types of resources – such as web links, folders full of documents, and custom pages by using the Add Resources dialogue.

1

Turn editing on by clicking the button on the upper right side of the screen.

2

Click Add an activity or resource link in the Topic you want your resource to appear. The “Add an activity or resource” pop up window will open.

3

Scroll down to see the Resource types you can add. Choose one and then click Add. The “Adding a new [RESOURCE]” page will open.

4

On the “Adding a new [RESOURCE]” page, fill in the necessary information.

5

Scroll down and click Save and return to course. Your resource will appear on your course page.


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Last modified: July 31, 2019