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Request Your Moodle Course - Overview

Moodle is a widely-used open source learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content and host online learning activities.

This page covers how to request Moodle for UMass Amherst for-credit courses.

  • To use Moodle at UMass Amherst for on-campus activities not officially listed as classes in SPIRE, request an Ad Hoc Community course
  • For community-based projects or open courses (MOOCs) in which off-campus participants can enroll, consider joining the OPEN UMass pilot.

Request a Moodle Course in SPIRE

Instructors can request Moodle shells for on-campus courses when pre-registration opens for the upcoming semester (e.g., mid-April for Fall semester, mid-November for Spring semester).

To request a Moodle course:

  1. Log in to SPIRE using your IT Account NetID and password.
  2. In the SPIRE Menu, go to Main Menu > Faculty Home > Moodle Course Request. The Choose a Term page opens showing a list of semesters for which you can request a Moodle course.
  3. Complete the series of pages to gather information about your course. For example, if you teach a multiple-section course you can request separate Moodle courses for each, or you can combine sections in one Moodle course.
    Note: Not all classes are eligible for requesting an LMS course. If you don't see a class listed that you expect to see, ensure your departmental scheduling representative has listed you in SPIRE as a primary instructor.

For detailed instructions, see Request a Moodle Course through SPIRE.

Reuse a Previous Moodle Course

A new Moodle course shell needs to be requested each semester you teach a class (see above). Once the empty Moodle course shell has been created, you can:

  • Import a previous semester's course into your new Moodle course (see Reuse a Moodle Course using "Import")
  • Copy another instructor’s Moodle course if that instructor gives permission to allow it. (Refer the other instructor to this page: Allow another Instructor to Copy Your Moodle Course)
  • Request to restore a backup of a Moodle course from another institution or one no longer on our Moodle server.  Instructors do not have the ability to restore a course themselves.  Please contact the Instructional Media Lab for assistance at (413) 545-2823 orinstruct@umass.edu.

Student Enrollment in Your Moodle Course

Students who are enrolled in your course in SPIRE will automatically be added to your Moodle roster. For more information, see Access to Moodle for Students.

Add TAs, Co-Instructors, and Guests

If you have people who are assisting with your course, be sure that they are appropriately associated with your course in SPIRE. Once they are associated with the course in SPIRE, they will appear automatically in Moodle. Once they are in Moodle, you may need to grant them permissions to perform certain functions. For details, see Access to Moodle - Overview.