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About the Database Activity

The Database activity module allows instructors and/or students to build, display, and search a bank of recorded entries about a topic. The Database is most often used as a collaborative activity in Moodle, where students are assigned to add the entries.

Contributing to a Database can vary depending on how it has been set up by the instructor.

Open a Database and Add an Entry

  1. In your Moodle course, locate and click the link to a Database activity. Activity links always appear in one of the Topic or Weekly Sections down the center of the course page.  If your instructor has added the Activity block to your course, you can also locate the link there.  
  2. The Database page has tabs at the top (View List, View Single, View my entries, Search, and Add Entry), and opens to the List View, where you may see other students' entries listed, or a message saying there are "No entries in database." You may also see a message letting you know how many entries you have yet to contribute to complete the activity.
    Below this you may also see options for searching the database and customizing the number of entries shown per page. 
    Screenshot of List View tab(click to enlarge)
    Note: Your instructor may require you to add a number of entries yourself before you can view other students' entries.
  3. To contribute to the Database, click the Add entry tab and populate the fields that the instructor has set up.
    The types of fields available include:
    • Checkbox (a checkbox to select)
    • Date (insert a date)
    • File (upload a file)
    • Latitude/longitude (enter Lat/Long)
    • Menu (drop down menu)
    • Menu (Multi-select) (same as above but multiple selections)
    • Number (insert a number)
    • Picture (upload a picture)
    • Radio buttons (radio buttons to select a choice)
    • Text (a simple one line text area)
    • Text area (a customizable sized HTML box)
    • URL (insert a Web address)
    The example below illustrates a database with entry fields for Text, Picture, URL, and Text area.
      (click to enlarge)  database-tabs-listview.png
  4. After completing the fields, click Save and view to view your entry, or, if you wish to add another entry click Save and add another.