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When you first view your new courses, you will want to begin populating the site with your course material. First, you will need to turn editing on for the course. The Turn editing on button is located on the top right side of the page, just above the search forum block.

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After turning editing on, you will see a number of different icons appear throughout the page.

Within each section, you can edit the name of the section and add text or images by clicking on the gear icon:

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Drag and Drop

The easiest way to upload files is by using the Drag and Drop feature of Moodle. You can drag and drop a file into a topic section by lining up your browser window behind a desktop browser window. Click on the file icon (but do not release) and drag it into the Moodle page section where you want it to appear. Release the icon and the file should automatically upload. Drag and drop also works for images or plain text, but it does not work easily for folders. You can organize the files, images or text within a section or course page by dragging and dropping the item.

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By clicking on the +Add activity or resource link, you will be able to add variety of activity and resource types to your page.


Activities are interactive features that allow students to participate and interact with the instructor and other students. Due dates can be set for most activities.

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The most commonly used types of activities are:

  • Assignment– Students submit one or more files (a word document, pdf, image file, audio file), which the instructor can access and grade electronically. Instructors can provide feedback directly or by uploading a file, such as a Word document with comments. Assignment grades can be linked directly to the Moodle Gradebook.
  • Forum– Forums are discussion boards where students respond to a particular topic and to each other.
  • Quiz– Quizzes can include a wide range of question types, from multiple choice to free response. Quizzes can be set to be automatically graded and have the grades linked directly to the Moodle gradebook.
  • Other types of activities: Glossary, Journal, Questionnaire, Workshop.


Resources are items that an instructor can add to the page for students to access, such as a document, audio, images, text or a link.

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The most commonly used types of resources are:

  • File– Instructors can add almost any file type (Word document, Powerpoint, PDF, audio, video, image) to the Moodle page. Files will be displayed on the page as a link with the icon that represents that file type. Please consider using PDFs instead of Word or Powerpoint, as a PDF will open within a student’s browser, while Word or Powerpoint must be downloaded from Moodle first and then opened.
  • Label– Labels are used to insert text, images, audio or video files into the page. Multi-media files that are added as a link will be embedded rather than displayed as a link.
  • Page– Content pages can contain text as well as embedded images, audio and video. Pages are best used when you want to display large amounts of text or multiple multi-media files.
  • URL- Links can be displayed within a section. They can be set to open in the same or a different tab.
  • Other types of resources: Lightbox Gallery.