Those with the role of Instructor, Staging Manager, Editing Assistant, and Substitute Teacher and/or Administrator have the ability to modify Moodle courses.
- Before making any major changes to a course you should archive it and download a copy to your computer to be restored in case of catastrophe.
- If you don’t turn editing on there will be no Edit menus for you to interact with and drag and drop features will not work.
The main and central part of the page is where the main content of your course will be. This content includes:
Each Week/Topic/Section of your course; you can edit the Section summary of this or change the Section name from its Gear menu if you aren’t fond of the default value that is the week’s date range.
Each Section contains resources and activities, the main content of your course and should contain all the necessities students need to do the assigned work in Moodle.
Sections in Moodle are the containers for each week/module/topic offered in a course and can be displayed with all content on one page or with each section having it’s own page (less scrolling).
Each section has a summary you can edit, change the behavior of or move large selections of content around at once (when you move a section all of it’s activities and resources are moved with it).
In a new course the default section names are the week’s date range as determined by the Course start date in Course Settings.
At the very bottom of your course there should be some very small + and – buttons for quickly adding or removing a single section/week/topic at a time.
NOTE: If you have a section that calls itself Orphaned (students won’t see these) then adding a section or two should make that section behave normally (and thus allow students to see the section and it’s contents. This is caused by restoring content from a course with content in more sections than your current course is setup to have.)
You can also quickly change the Number of sections your course has in Course Settings.
At the top of each section you can create a special label that is the beginning of that section called a Section summary. This is optional but can be helpful for an overview of the module’s contents or reminders about due-dates and policies.
The Edit menu for sections/topics/weeks may have the following options:
To quickly rename a section of your course you can click the pencil icon at the end of the section’s name.
If you want to move a Section (and every one of its activities and resources) to change the order of the topics or resources offered in your course you can:
At the bottom of every Section you’ll find a link/button to Add activities and resources. Clicking that button will open up a list of your options.
Every Activity and Resource will have an Edit Menu with fairly similar contents, here are some common tasks:
If you want to move an Activity or Resource to change the order or move an item to a different section even you can:
To quickly rename an item you can click the pencil icon at the end of the item’s name.
Not enabled by default.
These checkboxes can involve a lengthy setup but can allow students to track their progress via activity completion either by having them manually click a box when done or having it check itself off after parameters are met.
Not enabled by default. Only available for Activities (interactive items) or use applied using Restrict Access.
Honestly this is most often clicked by accident and can result in students not having access to an activity or resource. If this occurs, click the Toggle Group icon again until you get a single person’s silhouette (No groups) for normal function/access.
Blocks are mostly supplemental and specialized information found on the right side of pages in Moodle (or below the content on a smaller screen like a mobile device) and are a good place to put helpful resources but not vital-to-the-course information or tasks.
Blocks can be:
Different blocks can have very different functions, here are some common uses:
Enter the course in question
Use the Turn editing on button in the top-right corner of the page.
Expand the Nav drawer (by clicking on the three horizontal lines icon in the top left of your page) and scroll to the VERY BOTTOM of that drawer.
Click the Add a block item at the very bottom of the listing.
Select the desired block.
If you want to change the behavior or content of a block click the Gear and arrow icon to access block’s Edit menu.
From this menu your most common actions are to: