The Navigation block is a reliable way to find your way around Moodle.
The Navigation bar (or “breadcrumb links”) begins with a link to the entry page for all of Moodle. Further links to the right show your current location. Click the course name to return to the main course page from a sub page.
Note: Grayed-out text in the Navigation bar is for reference only, and is not cilckable.
By default, a Moodle course page is divided into three columns. The sides contain Blocks and the center contains Sections.
The side columns of a Moodle page contain blocks. The Navigation and Administration blocks are required, but other blocks are optional. You can rearrange the blocks and set whether particular blocks show only on the course home page, or on all pages.
Most blocks update dynamically with information about the course. For example, blocks such as Calendar and Upcoming Events update when date-based activities are added to the course. In contrast, the HTML Block can be added to post static text in a side column.
Which blocks show at any moment depends on where you are in Moodle. For example, the blocks displayed on your course home page are different from those displayed when viewing an assignment or forum. Which blocks are displayed can also depend on your Role in the course. For example, teachers may see blocks that students do not.
For more about blocks, see Add and Remove Blocks in Moodle.
The central column of the main course page is divided into Sections where your course content and activities are shown. You can use the sections to organize your course by topic, content type, or chronology. If you choose to order your course chronologically, you can have Moodle automatically provide a section per week.
Inside the sections of your main course page, you will put links to Resources (files, Web links, folders, etc.), and Activities (discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, etc.). Labels (a type of Resource) can be used to add text and images to sections.
Section names can be changed by clicking on the Update icon() at the top of each section when Editing is turned on (see Turn Editing On, below).
The overall settings for your course are found in the Administration block on your main course page. Click Edit Settings to make changes.
Some settings are populated automatically with information from SPIRE when the course is created. Other settings are up to the instructor.
The Edit course settings page is where you choose to format course sections by Topic or Week, determine how many sections appear in the center column, choose a theme (visual style), and determine whether the course is visible to students.
Note: The Administration block is context-dependent. The available options will change depending on what page you are on.
Click Turn editing on at the top-right of your course page.
When editing is on, small icons will appear next to each editable element on the page (see image for a summary of each icon). Hovering over an icon tells you its name and what it does.
To add content to your course, go to a Section and click + Add an Activity or Resource (at bottom right of each section when editing is on).
Depending on your role in Moodle, you may be able to switch to other roles. For instance, if you are a Teacher, you can switch to a Student role to see how the course looks to a student, or switch to Non-editing Teacher to view the course as a teaching assistant. (For details, see Roles in Moodle.)
Note: Instructors are enrolled in courses as Teachers and as Students. This allows instructors to submit Quizzes, Assignments, or other graded activities, then work with their own grades in the Moodle gradebook to confirm grade calculations are correct.
Throughout Moodle, you will see circles with question marks (). Click these to get information about the associated element. Some are simple glossary entries, while others offer more detail.
You can also find OIT help links ( ) when adding activities or resources. Click them to open the help page for that topic in the OIT Support Center.
Instructors, TAs, and departmental support staff are welcome to contact the Instructional Media Lab with questions about Moodle at (413) 545-2823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use the "Eye" icon to hide things.
To hide Sections, Blocks, Activities or Resources from your students, click Turn Editing On and click the Eye icon () next to the item you wish to hide. (Click the icon again to make the item visible.)
URLs can link directly to your course site.
If you want to bookmark your course, or put a link to it in an email or on a Web page, share the address in your browser's location bar (URL) to link directly to your Moodle course. A login page will only allow access to those enrolled in the course.
Files uploaded to your course pages are deleted from Moodle if deleted from the page.
When you upload a file to a course page, it goes into the System Files for your course. Moodle does not provide a tool for managing those files. If you delete the link to a file from your course home page, it deletes the file from Moodle. Be sure you have a backup on your own computer!
The gradebook in Moodle has many built-in functions.
The Moodle gradebook is a powerful tool that provides instructors with the ability to do complex calculations and organize student grades in a variety of ways. You can mark tasks as extra credit, drop the lowest score(s) from a category, ignore blank grades in a category if the work is optional, and sum up the total score in a given category (e.g. all Quizzes) and make it a percentage of a final grade. For more, see An Overview of the Moodle Gradebook.
Use the News Forum for announcements.
Only the instructor can post to the News Forum for a course, and when they do an email copy of that post is automatically sent to everyone enrolled in the course.
Moodle sends email notices when course members are "subscribed" to an activity.
You can have Moodle send email notices to you or your students when forum posts are made, Assignments submitted, grades posted, etc. Individuals can control some aspects of subscription from individual activities and in their My profile settings.
A Quick Tour of Moodle for Instructors
Watch a video tour of Moodle introducing course layout and settings, how to add and edit course content, and more. (7 minutes, 45 seconds)