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About Adding Activities to a Moodle Course

Activity iconsActivities are interactive tools used to engage students in learning and asses their progress. Moodle includes the standard tools you'd expect from any learning management system including Forums, Assignments, and Quizzes, along with collaborative activities such as Wiki, Glossary and Database activities. Activities such as Attendance and Group self-selection are used for managing your course.

Activities appear on your course page as a link proceeded by an icon indicating the activity type. Activity Settings let you control conditions for submitting, grading and assignment to groups. Activities can be graded by TAs (Non-editing teachers) and instructors (Teachers). Activities can be added, moved, hidden and edited by a Teacher or Course Designer. To allow a TA to add/edit Activities or Resources to your course, add the Course Designer role for that individual (see Access to Moodle for Teaching Assistants).

Types of Activities

For a description of available activities and links to step-by-step instructions for each type see Activity Types in Moodle.

Add an Activity using the Activity Chooser

  1. On your main course page, click Turn editing on (top right).
  2. In the Section where you want the activity to appear, click + Add an activity or resource. The Activity chooser dialog opens.
  3. In the Activity chooser, select an activity. The right side of the dialog will change to show a description of the activity and links to help.
    Inside the Activity Chooser  (Click to enlarge)
  4. Once you have selected the activity to add, click Add. The Settings page for the activity opens.
  5. Configure the settings for the activity
  6. At the bottom of the page click Save and return to course or Save and display.
    Note: Many activities, including Attendance, Quizzes, Glossaries, and Databases require additional setup from within the activity. If you returned to the course page, click the link to open the activity (not the Update icon) and complete your set up.

Once you have added an activity, you can:

  • Move the activity link up or down the course page by dragging it by its Move icon (Move icon). You can drag items between Sections (if you use the Collapsed topics format, the target section must be toggled open).
  • Edit the Settings for the activity by clicking its Update icon (Update icon).
  • Hide an activity that you are not ready to release to students by clicking it's Show/Hide icon (Show/Hide icon).
  • Change your role to Student to test submitting an activity (e.g., to submit and test scoring on a quiz) by going to the Settings block, clicking Change role to..., then Student.

Advanced Activity Settings