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(Last Updated On: August 19, 2019)

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 Edit On button is a colored button in the top navigation bar with two pencil icons.

Turn class editing on

When editing is off, the button is green.

After turning editing on, the button turns red and 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 Edit drop down menu and selecting Edit topic:

Drop down menu to edit a topic

If you only want to change the name, you can also simply click on the pencil icon next to the topic.

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 for folders.

Drag and drop a resource

You can reorder the files, images or text within a section or course page by dragging and dropping the item using the crosshairs icon to left of items when editing is on.

crosshairs icon

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

Add and activity or resource


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.

Moodle activity menu

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.

Moodle resources menu

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.
  • Lightbox Gallery- A Lightbox Gallery allows you to add a collection of images to your course.