Moodle cheat sheet (faculty extensions)

Getting a course created

  • Moodle shells for most courses are created automatically
  • If yours isn't, ask Peter Brown to make one for you. Examples:
    • Cross-listed courses
    • Resource areas

Editing a course

Turning on editing in a course

  • Click the gear icon near the top-right corner of the main course page.
  • On the resulting dropdown menu, select “Turn editing on”

Making a course visible to students

Courses normally start out hidden from students. To let students in:

  1. Go to the course's main page
  2. Click the gear icon near the top right, and select “Edit settings” on the dropdown menu
  3. Scroll down to the dropbox marked “Visible”, and select “Show”
  4. At the bottom of the page, click “Save changes”

Now you have a chunk of text at the top of the course (starting with “PROFESSOR:”) that's no longer true. To remove that text:

  1. Turn on editing in the course
  2. In the top section, next to the text that is no longer true, click the “Edit” dropdown menu and select “Edit section”
  3. Go to “Summary”, delete all the text there
  4. At the bottom of the page, click “Save changes”

Editing things already present

  • Edit menu to the right of the item

Adding things

  • “Add an activity or resource” link at the bottom of each chunk of the course
  • Clicking that link gives a long radio-button list of possible things to add
  • Select the one you want, click the “Add” button, and follow directions from there

Importing old content into a new course

  • Go to the main page of the course you want to import into
  • Click the gear icon in the upper right of the course, and click “Import” on the dropdown menu
  • Search for and select the course you're getting material from
  • “Continue” at the bottom of each page
  • When done, edit the materials in the new course to suit


  • Drag and drop your file into the appropriate part of your course
  • Drag it vertically to put it more exactly where you want it
  • Edit properties as desired
  • For files bigger than 256 MB, ask Peter Brown for help

Web resource

  • Pick “URL” in the “Add a resource…” dropdown
  • Give your resource a name for the students to see
  • Enter your URL in the “External URL” blank

Video or music

  1. You hold copyright, public domain, or CC-licensed videos:
    • Upload it to YouTube
      • Set privacy to “Unlisted”
    • Attach it to Moodle as a URL
  2. Copyrighted material used under fair use:
    • Talk to Peter Brown

Forums (asynchronous class discussions)


Quizzes and exams

Last modified: Thursday, March 12, 2020, 11:01 PM