There are several basic steps to setting up a new Moodle course. Use this page as a guide and follow the links to IT support articles that explain your options in greater detail.
Before you start building your first Moodle course, it may be helpful to review A Quick Tour of Moodle for Instructors...
The Navigation Tray and the Course Management Panel
The Navigation Tray
The Navigation tray is a collapsible menu that allows you to move about your course, access your gradebook, move to other available courses, and access your dashboard. (click to enlarge)
To open and close the Navigation tray...
In Moodle, you can add an image anywhere you see the Text editor toolbar.
Instructors can use images in activity descriptions (e.g., the description for an Assignment, Quiz questions, a post to a Forum, or in a Page resource).
Students can add images, when posting in a forum, submitting a text-...
As an instructor, you can control the number of Sections students see in different ways. You can add or remove sections using buttons at the bottom of the course page, set the number of sections from the Settings page for the course, or hide particular sections from students.
Add or Remove...
UMass Amherst considers the course content you have created to be your intellectual property. If you wish to to authorize UMass Amherst IT to grant access to your Moodle course content, please use the Give Permission for Other Instructors to Copy Your Moodle Course form.
Once this permission has...
At the end of each semester, we recommend instructors take the following steps to preserve their Moodle course contents, and archive student work and grades.
Step 1: Create and Download a Moodle Backup File
To archive course Resources, Activities, and course settings for safekeeping, we recommend...
This article describes how to copy particular items, such as Assignments, Quizzes, or PDF files, from one course into another course using the Moodle Import tool. To import an entire course, see Reuse a Moodle Course Using Import.
When copying individual items between Moodle courses, please note...
The Announcements forum is a special forum that acts as an announcements tool for your Moodle course. Only instructors and TAs can post to Announcements, and by default, posts made to Announcements are emailed to class members. Students cannot leave replies to the posts; it is a one-way tool.
It can be time-consuming to add Resources and Activities to a course. If you have multiple similar items in a course, you may find it helpful to use the Duplicate feature () that is available for each Resource and Activity. Duplication can be especially useful if you use the same Labels in each...
The Edit dates report lets an instructor review and change due dates, access dates, cut-off dates, etc., for multiple Activities or Resources at once. This feature is especially useful for instructors who are reusing a previous course.
Use the 'Edit Dates' Report
Log in to Moodle and select...
Edit Course Settings
The overall settings for your course are found on the Edit course settings page. Some settings are populated automatically with information from SPIRE when the course is created. There are settings that cannot be changed, and others are up to the instructor.
To edit the...
When first requested, Moodle courses are hidden from students.
If requested in advance of the semester, Moodle courses are automatically released to students one business day prior to the first day of classes.
If requested after the release date at the beginning of the semester, Moodle courses...
Moodle makes it easy to keep track of discussions with email notifications when you are "subscribed" to a forum. This page shows you how to control notifications and keep your inbox uncluttered.
There are two places where you need to keep track of your settings. Your individual user Preferences...
Moodle Backup Files FAQ
What is a .mbz file?
A Moodle Backup File (.mbz) is a compressed archive of a Moodle course that can be used to restore a course within Moodle. The file preserves course contents, structure and settings, but does not include student work or grades.
The contents of the ....
I am having trouble logging into Moodle. What should I do?
Anyone with an active IT Account should be able to log in to Moodle. Make sure you are using the correct NetID (IT Account user name) and password.
Make sure the computer you are using meets IT's Recommended and Minimum Computer...
There are a number of ways to add structure and visual interest to your Moodle course page. The less cluttered and better organized you make your course page the easier it will be for your students to use.
To help your students find their way around your course page:
Avoid unnecessary content on...
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...
The Recycle bin saves deleted Activities or Resources from your Moodle course for a period of seven days. After an Activity or Resource is deleted it can take up to 15 minutes to appear in your Recycle bin, and up to 15 minutes to be restored into your course from the Recycle bin. If the items in...
Every semester you teach a course in Moodle, even for classes you've taught before, your newly created Moodle course will initially be empty. Use the Import function to quickly copy content from a previous Moodle course and reuse the content for the current term.
Reusing a Moodle course is a...