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  • The columns on each side of a Moodle page contain Blocks. The Navigation and Administration blocks are required, but others are optional. New Moodle courses start out with a set of default blocks. You can add additional blocks, remove blocks, or rearrange the blocks in the sidebars.   (Click to...
  • An HTML block is a standard block used to add text or images in the sidebar of  your course page. An HTML block can incorporate a variety of functions and uses. It provides the standard Moodle Editor for formatting text, adding images or creating links, and switching to HTML view which allows any...
  • A UMass Libraries Course Materials block allows you to link students to course materials hosted by the UMass Amherst Libraries by simply clicking a link in their Moodle course.Note: To ensure that your course materials are correctly linked to your course, only users with the Teacher role can add...
  • RSS feeds are an easy way to automatically bring new content into your course from outside websites such as blogs and newspapers.  Feeds are especially useful if you want your students to be up-to-date on news or events that are relevant to your course.  The Remote RSS Feeds block can be configured...
  • Moodle makes it easy to reorder and move Resources, Activities, Sections and Blocks within your course. If JavaScript is enabled in your browser (recommended), you can drag-and-drop the items to a new location on the page. If JavaScript is not enabled, you will be able to click to move items up or...
  • The Mass Actions block allows instructors to perform an action on multiple resources or activities, rather than having to perform repeated actions on individual items. Once items are selected, choose to delete, hide/show, indent/outdent, or move or duplicate them to another section. Note: The Mass...
  • The Quickmail block allows instructors and TAs (and students, if the instructor allows) to send emails to course members from Moodle. Instructors who use Moodle may find Quickmail a convenient alternative to setting up a Class Email List in SPIRE. Note: Emails sent from Quickmail are always sent...
  • The Upcoming events and Calendar blocks help your students keep track of upcoming due dates and events in your course. Both blocks are linked to the Calendar which is automatically updated when activities with due dates (e.g., assignments or quizzes) are added to a course. The calendar is...