How to Build Your Course in Moodle

How to Build Your Course in Moodle
This tutorial will show you the basic functions of how to add and edit content to build your course in Moodle. To add or alter activities or resources, you will need to turn editing on and off with a button on the upper right corner of the screen. When you click Turn editing on, this will change the look of the page slightly and you will be able to see a variety of editing icons next to all editable objects in your course.

Part I. Adding Content Weekly Outline < Edit Summary In the middle of the screen, under each “Weekly Outline”, you will find a small ) for “Edit Summary”. Edit summary will allow you to add a brief notepad icon ( description of the weekly activities in your course. A course in Moodle is created by adding resources and activities. In order to add or alter resources and activities under each week, you will find Add


[Add a resource] Resources are content: information the instructor wants to bring into the course. pages edited directly in Moodle. two “Add” boxes will be shown. or external websites made to appear as part of the course. 1.How to Build Your Course in Moodle a resource and Add an activity. click the “Add a resource” 2. “Insert a label” will allow you to embed instructions or information in the course section. 2 . These can be prepared files uploaded to the course. In each weekly outline box.

select whether or not the content will be shown in the ‘same window’ or in a ‘new window’ 3 .How to Build Your Course in Moodle 3. “Compose a text page” a. type the title (‘name’ area) and summary type the title here type the summary here b. type the full text (‘Compose a text’) type the full text here c.

5.How to Build Your Course in Moodle d. In order to link to a file. Type the title of the message as shown above in “compose a text or web page”. “Link to a file or website” You can also add resources in electronic form by using this menu.Creating a web page in Moodle works exactly the same as a creating text page. b. a. click “Save changes and display” or “save changes and return to course” e. click “Update this resource” if you found errors or would like to update the content you just uploaded 4. “Compose a Web page”. Please follow the previous steps to create a web page. click “Choose or upload a file” 4 .

f. e.How to Build Your Course in Moodle c. browse for file you would like to upload from your local computer. please click “Save changes and display” or “Save changes and return to course” and you will be able to view the file you just uploaded to your course. g. 5 . click “Choose” under Action. select the file name you wish to upload and click “open”. Then. When you’re done uploading your file. the file will be shown in the Location box. and then click “Upload a file” d.

When you have finished adding the URL.How to Build Your Course in Moodle i. link to a website as your course resource. Next. 6 . 6. once again type the title of the message as shown above in “compose a text or web page”. type the URL for your chosen website in the Location box. You can also search for the URL by clicking “Search for web pages”. “Display a directory” will let your students see all the files in your course and select a file themselves. please click “Save changes and display” or “Save changes and return to course” and ensure the website is displaying properly.

This activity is useful when you want your students to turn in multiple files (Word Document. Excel Files. There are a number of interactive learning activities that you may add to your course. Assignments allows the instructor to specify a task that requires students to prepare digital content and submit it by uploading it to the Moodle server. etc…) as an assignment. (Additional activities will be introduced in Moodle tutorial sections 3 as part of your Education Online faculty orientation. In this tutorial. we will focus on a few critical functions you need to build your online course: In this section we’ll cover Assignments and Forums. “Advanced uploading of files”. Typical assignments include essays.How to Build Your Course in Moodle [Add an activity] Next. 7 . projects. a. reports and so on.) 1. we’ll show you how to add activities to your course.

Description .How to Build Your Course in Moodle General Options • Assignment name – is also required and describes the assignment. Prevent late submissions . underline.). Otherwise they will not be able to submit a late assignment. It has full formatting using the toolbar (bold. images. etc.sets the date the assignment is due.if set to “Yes” then students can submit their assignment after the Due Date. Due Date . • • Grade – you can set the grade in the given ranges (from 1-100) or leave it as default. • • 8 . • Available from – lets you pick the date that your students will begin to have access to this assignment. but can be anything you like.

How to Build Your Course in Moodle Advanced Options Advanced uploading of files. Maximum number of uploaded files – This is the maximum number of files each student may upload. 9 . students may delete uploaded files at any time before grading.this box lets you customize uploading file functions to your course. It is similar to an online text assignment. students may enter notes into a text area. Hide description before available date .If enabled.If enabled. • • • • Allow notes .If enabled. We recommend that until you are comfortable with Moodle you leave this setting on the default. assignment description is hidden before the opening date. teachers are alerted with a short email whenever students add or update an assignment submission. This text box can be used for communication with the grading person. This number is not shown to students.If enabled. assignment progress description or any other written activity. • • Email alerts to teachers. Maximum size – lets you choose the maximum size of the files which will be uploaded Allow deleting . so it’s best to write the actual number of requested files in the assignment description.

The group mode for each activity can be one of three levels: . the assignment will be hidden. If not.there are no sub-groups .Visible groups . students will see the assignment. 10 . This is useful if you want to prepare an assignment in advance (like a pop-quiz). but can see other groups • Visible – If set to show.How to Build Your Course in Moodle Common settings The last two settings are common to all activities. Just keep in mind that these options will always be available to you in any activity that you create: • Group mode .No groups .Separate groups . others are invisible .each group works within their own group.each group can only see their own group.

click “save changes and return to course”. The assignment will be shown.How to Build Your Course in Moodle Note: 1. You will return to the course homepage. When you finish configuring your assignment. When you finish configuring your assignment. click “save changes and display”. 11 . 2.

“Forums” are the spaces where most discussions take place. and can include peer ratings of each posting. and can include attachments. The postings can be viewed in a variety for formats. Forums can be structured in different ways. you have the option to select subscriptions for all of the students.How to Build Your Course in Moodle 2. By ‘subscribing’ to a forum. 12 . As an instructor. participants will receive copies of each new posting in their email.

Editing content This part will show you common settings to edit your course. As common module settings in the weekly outline area. Then the resource will be invisible (to students).How to Build Your Course in Moodle Part II. shows only one week for students and will show all the weeks. the open eye indicates that the resource is visible. the color of the eye will be faded. 13 . If you click on the eye.

-this icon lets you update the current contents. and left and right and can be used for indentions of the listed texts.How to Build Your Course in Moodle The Red X is used to indicate the option to delete resources and activities (with a warning). 14 . These arrows move things up and down.

How to Build Your Course in Moodle ** Icon summary: Icon Effect Edit/ Update item See all weeks/topics See one week/topic Icon Effect faded/Hide item Open/Show Item Help Icon Effect Delete/Remove Indent/shift left or right Icon Effect Move (up/down) Move here There are other functions Moodle provides to assist you in building your course. please consult the Education Online Staff. 15 . If you would like to know more about the other functions not explained in this tutorial.