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 makes it easy to keep track of online discussions in your courses using email notifications when you are "subscribed" to a forum. This page shows you how to control these notifications and prevent your inbox from being flooded with too many messages.
There are two places where you need to...
This page describes how to enter grades directly in the Grader report, how editing grades in this manner causes overrides, and how to enable or disable grade overrides and locks.
To edit all grades for a single student, or all grades for a single grade item, you can also work from the gradebook's...
Matching questions provide a list of sub-questions along with a list of answers. The respondent must "match" the correct answers with each question.
Example of a matching question:
Create a New Matching Question
In the ?Question Bank, ?select the desired question category, then click ?Create...
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 ....
In early January 2013 UMass Amherst upgrades to Moodle 2.3. We are really excited about many of the new features and hope you will be too! Here's a snapshot of new features:
Add Activities and Resources from a Single Menu
The Add an Activity and Add a Resource drop-down menus have been...
On May 16, 2013 UMass Amherst upgraded to Moodle 2.4. We are really excited about many of the new features and hope you will be too! Here's a snapshot of new features:
Changes to User Interface and Visual Design
The login box has moved to the left side of the screen. This was...
On July 2nd, 2014 UMass Amherst upgraded to Moodle 2.5. This upgrade focuses on making Moodle more usable and efficient. It also includes a few new features, especially for the Moodle Gradebook. Here's what to look for:
Simplified Settings Pages
When reviewing options for...
On June 30, 2015, UMass Amherst upgraded to Moodle 2.8. This upgrade added many Moodle gradebook features that were requested by faculty, and includes changes to a few specific grade calculation methods along with more general improvements to the gradebook.
Moodle 2.8 Gradebook Calculation...
On Tuesday June 30, 2015 UMass Amherst upgraded Moodle to version 2.8.
This upgrade continues to make Moodle more usable and efficient. The Moodle team at UMass Amherst is especially excited to see that many of the modifications we previously added to our Moodle Gradebook have been incorporated...
On Thursday, July 7 2016 Moodle at UMass Amherst upgraded from Moodle version 2.8 to version 3.0.
Even though this is a "whole number" release, most changes are behind the scenes to improve performance and backend efficiency. Still, there are several new features and improvements to the interface...
Announcing Moodle 3.1
On Thursday, July 13, 2017, UMass Amherst IT upgraded Moodle at UMass Amherst from version 3.0 to version 3.1.
Here's what to watch for:
Easier Section Editing
You can now edit Section titles without leaving the Course page, just as you can now do with Activity...
Announcing Moodle 3.5
On Thursday, July 11, 2019, UMass Amherst will be upgrading to Moodle 3.5 to meet and maintain security and accessibility requirements. Moodle 3.5 comes with an updated, mobile-friendly interface and a host of user-requested improvements that may make your life a little...
Instructors & Facilitators
What is an "Ad Hoc Community Course"?
Ad Hoc courses in Moodle allow non-credit courses, online trainings, collaborative groups, and other course-like activities to be hosted on moodle.umass.edu even if they are not officially listed as classes in SPIRE.
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...
About Moodle Modifications at UMass Amherst
Moodle is a widely-used open source Learning Management System (LMS). "Open Source" means the source code is available for free and software developers can modify the code or develop add-on modules. The ability to locally control our own LMS is one of...
In response to a question (that may include an image) the respondent chooses from multiple answers. There are two types of multiple choice questions - single answer and multiple answer.
Example of a multiple choice question:
In the Question Bank, select the desired question...
From the student perspective, a numerical question looks just like a short-answer question in that they enter their answer into a short edit box. The difference is that the answer has to be numerical, and answers are allowed to have an accepted error range. This allows a continuous range of answers...
Offline grading in Moodle allows you to grade Assignment submissions without being logged in to Moodle or connected to the Internet. With offline grading, you enter grades into a customized grading spreadsheet and upload the spreadsheet to Moodle at a later time.Note: Offline grading is not...