How Do I...?
Here are a few quick tips on how to do some common things in the new version of Moodle.


How do I :


Enable a course
Enabling a course is the first step to using Moodle in your course. When you enable a course, an empty container is created to which you can add content. It is important to know that a course you have enabled is not visible to students until you make it so -- see a later topic for more about that.

Excited? Are you ready to enable a course? OK!

 Here's how to do it >>

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Change the number of sections
To change the number of sections that display in the content area of your course,

  • On the left side, scroll down to the Course Administration area and click on the link for Edit Settings.
  • In that screen, expand the Course Format settings.
  • Change the "Number of Sections" to whatever number of "blocks" you need to have in the center of the course.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and save. 

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Import course content
After a course in enabled, it will need content. You can add fresh content or import content from a previous semester. Adding new content is covered in another section, but to import content:

  1. Go to the course homepage of the site you want to copy content to
  2. Click "Import" from the Course administration block
  3. Select a course from the list provided or search for a course and select from the list and click Continue
  4. Select the Back up settings and click Next (It's Ok to leave everything checked)
  5. Select the content to include by checking the box. You can leave everything selected and click Next
  6. Review your selections and if it looks right, click "Perform import"

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Make my course visible for students to see it
When your course is created it is automatically hidden from students, so when you are ready to let students view the content you need to make it visible to students.

Here's how to do that:

  1. Look to the left side of the page to find the area titled “Administration.” In that area is a link “Edit Settings."
  2. Click the Edit Settings link and go to the 4th option from the top named “Visible."  Toggle that to "Show."
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Save."
  4. There is a visual cue on the My Home page that will let you know whether students can see a course or not.  A blue link to the course means students can see it.  A gray link to the course means it is hidden from them.  

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e-mail my entire class with the course distribution list (DL)
Communicating information to your students requires timely and reliable delivery of e-mail to your students. You surely don't want that message about a change in meeting location to go undelivered? To facilitate reliable messaging, we recommend using a course Distribution List  (DL). Course DL's are automatically generated for all courses, and named after the course id. For example, Biology100 section 1 in Fall 2013 will have the following address:

Here's how to use it:

  1. Open your email software
  2. Create a new email message
  3. Type the DL address into the "to:" field 
  4. Type up your message, include any attachments, and click Send.

Using the list makes sending a message to all students in your class simple. You can even add TA's and other teachers to the list and include them too. What a time saver! List members can also respond to the email, but remember, everybody gets the message, so DL's are not for private communications. Think of them as an announcement system:  "Reading Chapters should also include...", We are using Moodle for this course."  You get the point.

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Follow Copyright and Fair Use best practice
See Clark's Fair Use guidelines for course management systems (will open in a new tab)

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Learn more / get one-to-one or group assistance

Clark's Moodle environment is provided and maintained by Academic Technology Services (part of ITS).  We implement current and emerging technologies, exploiting them to support teaching and learning. While we love technology, we are passionate about GREAT teaching and never want technology in the way of teaching goals, rather to support and enhance them. We'd love to talk with you about how Moodle (or other technologies) might do that. Please get in touch with us:

Cheryl Turner Elwell, Director of Academic Technology Services
phone: (508) 421-3714 | e-mail: | office: Goddard 407 
Contact for any faculty member that wishes to contact her directly

Michael Krikonis, Academic Technologist
phone: (508) 793-8807 | e-mail: | office: Goddard 407 
Primary contact for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Math/CompSci, GSOM, Psychology, COPACE

Cassandra (Cassie) Datena, Academic Technology Associate
phone: (508) 793-7214 | e-mail: | office:  Goddard 407
Primary contact for faculty in Education, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, IDCE, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, V&PA

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Last modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 3:22 PM