Moodle resources - Professors
Posted by Nicholas Peebles on 10 July 2017 10:14 AM

Rearrange courses in Moodle

Your courses in Moodle aren't always listed in order of having the current courses that you are taking listed at the top of the page.  If you wish to re-arrange the order that your courses appear in Moodle, do the following:

  • log into Moodle
  • scroll down to the bottom right and click on the "My Home" link
  • then at the upper right click on the "Customize This Page" button
  • find the class that you want to appear at the top.  Click on the cross-hair icon (it appears just to the left of the course name) and drag the course to the top of the list of courses.
  • repeat this for other courses that you want to move
  • when finished, click on the "stop customizing this page" button that is in the upper right corner
  • now, in the very upper left corner, click on "Home".  You should now see your courses rearranged according to the changes that you made.


Enrolling people in your class

Students taking the course must be added through the registrar. Use this method to add student workers, TAs, and other people who are not officially enrolled in the course.

  1. Log into Moodle and find your course
  2. On the left hand side, in the Administration block, click Users, then Enrolled users.
  3. Click the Enroll Users button on the left hand side of the screen.
  4. In the pop-up box, type the names of the people you wish to add in the search box until they appear as an option (see image below).
  5. Select the appropriate role for that person
  6. To the right of their name, select enroll
  7. Repeat the process as needed. When done adding people to your course, select “Finish enrolling users.”
  8. Your roster will be shown, along with the role for each person.


Changing Messaging settings in Moodle

  1. Log into Moodle
  2. From the home page, look to the right-hand side and find your administration block.
  3. Click on “My Profile Settings”


  1. Click on “Messaging”  
  2. Change your settings!
  3. Update Profile at the bottom of the page.
  4. You will no longer receive email notifications that you don’t want to receive!


Emailing your students through Moodle

  1. To email your students, you need to add the QuickMail block.
  2. Log into Moodle, and go to your class.
  3. Turn editing on
  4. Scroll down to the bottom right of your screen.
  5. Look for the “Add a Block” header.
  6. From the add menu, select QuickMail.


Setting up QuickMail so students can email each other

  1. Follow the instructions above to add the email block to Moodle
  2. Click “Configuration.”  
  3. Change “No” to “Yes”
  4. Save Changes.
  5. Students in your class can now email each other through Moodle!


Messaging all class members

Professors will need to add the "Quickmail" block to their Moodle course to email their students, or for students to email each other:

- Navigate to your course, and turn editing on

- In the "Add a block..." block, select "Quickmail"

- The page will reload, and the Quickmail block will now appear in your course.


To send mail to students in the course:

- In the Quickmail box, choose "Compose new Email"

- In the page that loads, you'll be able to choose recipients from the course, compose your message, and add attachments to your message



How to add Google Docs directly into Moodle

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Go to and log into your Goshen Google accounts with quick links
  • Open Google Drive
  • Checkmark the document you wish to post onto your Moodle
  • Click on more > share > share as if you were sharing the document
  • Instead of adding names highlight and copy the "link" in the top of the sharing window
  • Open Moodle in a sepearte tab
  • Make sure you are in edit mode.
  • Press "Add an activity or resource"
  • Select URL
  • Paste the link to the Google Doc in the external URL field


Word clouds and Moodle

Part 1: Create a word cloud in Wordle & save to your computer

  1. Choose a large amount of text that represents your course. Your syllabus is a good start.
  2. Go to
  3. Click Create your Own
  4. Copy - Paste in the text you chose in step one, hit go.
  5. Adjust the appearance by using the Font, Layout, and Color options.
  6. When you have created the word cloud you want to use, you need to take a screen shot of it.

In Windows:

  1. Click the Start icon in the lower left-hand corner of your computer screen (image at right)
  2. Type the word “snipping” into the search box.
  3. Select the Snipping Tool from the Programs list.
  4. The tool will load. Drag and drop your cursor on the screen so that it highlights the word cloud.
  5. A window will load with the screen shot.
  6. Click File < Save As and save the image to your computer.

In Mac OS X:

  1. Press command-shift-4 on an Apple keyboard or windows-shit-4 on a non-Apple keyboard.
  2. Click and drag your cursor to create a box around the word cloud. This will save an image of it on your desktop.


Part 2: Add the word cloud to Moodle

  1. Log into Moodle, and navigate to your class. Turn editing on.
  2. In the section you wish to add the Wordle, click the editing pencil.
  3. Click the photo icon:
  4. Click Find or Upload an image, then browse and find the image on your computer.
  5. To position the picture to one side, click the appearance tab, and change the alignment setting.
  6. Click Insert. The image is now in your class!


Create an assignment

  1. Go to your course and turn editing on
  1. Click Add and Activity or Resource
  1. Select assignment from the menu (it’s at the very top!)
  1. You will be taken to a page of assignment settings and options
  1. Under General, add a name of the assignment. In the description box put the instructions for the assignment.
  2. Availability settings allow you to control when students can submit homework. If you don’t want availability restricted, uncheck the box next to enable.
  3. Submission types: these settings let you choose what type of work students can submit. Change the maximum number of uploaded files for multi-part assignments.
  4. Grade:

Select how many points you want the assignment to be worth. 100 points is the maximum.

If you have categories set up in your grade book, select the correct category (you can move it to a category later if your grade book isn’t finished)

   6.  Click save at the bottom!


Setting up a quiz in Moodle

  1. Go to your course in Moodle and Turn Editing On
  2. Click the “Add an Activity or Resource button” and select Quiz.
  3. Give the quiz and name and description
  4. There are many settings you can apply to your quiz.
    1. Under the Timing heading, click enable to set dates & times your quiz is available and set a time limit for your quiz.
    2. Under the Grade heading, choose a category in your grade book (if you don’t select a category it will show in your grade book as an uncategorized grade item), and set the number of attempts students are allowed.
    3. Under the Layout heading, you can change the question order to random, and set how many questions are shown on the screen at a time.
    4. Under the Question behavior heading, you can set the quiz to “shuffle within questions.” If you have a multiple choice question, this setting will swap the answer choices around.
    5. Review options allow you to control when students see feedback, and what is seen.
    6. Under the Extra Restrictions on Attempts heading you can require a password to take the quiz, and force the quiz to pop-out into a full-screen browser (this option is under Browser Security).
  1. When you are done, hit the Save and Display button at the bottom of the screen.

Creating quiz questions

  1. In your course in Moodle, click the name of the quiz
  2. Click the Edit Quiz button
  3. For instructions on using the Question Bank, see handout “Using Moodle Question Bank.”
  4. To add a new question, click the Add a Question button at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Choose a type of question to add and click Next
  6. After creating each question (see below for instructions) hit save
  7. Before the quiz is available to students, be sure to check grading options and point values (see below)

For all question types:

  1. The category at the top refers to your Question Bank. Change this if you wish.
  2. Give the question a name, and type the full question in the Question text box.
  3. Enter how much the question is worth in the Default mark box.


Multiple choice questions

You can choose to have multiple correct answers, shuffle the answer choices, and how you want the answers to be listed:

  1. Enter the answer choices in the choice boxes.
  2. For the choice that is the correct answer, change Grade from None to 100%.
  3. Click Save Changes to save the question.

True/False questions: Select the correct answer (True or False), Save Changes.

Short answer questions: Short answer questions will be automatically graded by Moodle based on keyword answers. In the answer box, list any possible correct answers, and change the grade from None to 100%. Save changes. If there are a variety of correct answers, it is recommended to set up short answer questions as Essay Questions.

Numerical questions: Supply any possible answers in the answer field and change grade from None to 100%. You can select whether units are required or options. Save changes.

Calculated questions(more info on this question type here: Use calculated questions when you want students to recall formulas. Moodle will generate questions based on the formula so all students see different numbers. In the correct answer formula= box, put the formula, with wildcards. Above, in the Question text box, your question must include the formula. Hit save changes, and you will be taken to a wildcards page. Click New page. If you have never used this option, you will need update that dataset to your preferences, then click Add, then Save Changes.

Essay questions: Change input box size for longer questions. The maximum is 40 lines. If students will be writing more than 40 lines, change allow attachments to “Yes.” Save changes. Essay questions must be graded manually. Matching: For each question, provide the “Match” in the answer box. Save changes. 

Final Steps: verify grade settings

  1. The Maximum grade default is 10 points. Change by typing over the 10; hit the save button below.
  2. The default point value per question is one point. Change and hit the save button for each question.
  3. Rearrange questions by using the arrows to the right of each question.
  4. Preview the quiz to ensure settings are correct and questions are shuffling (or not shuffling) like you want.


Grading quizzes

  1. In your course in Moodle, click the name of the quiz
  2. If students have taken the quiz, there will be a blue attempts button:
  3. Click on Attempts to grade the quiz.
  4. You will see a table with your student’s names and the quiz questions
  5. Moodle will automatically grade multiple choice and true/false questions. Essay questions you will grade manually.  
  6. Click Review attempt under a student’s name to grade essay questions. Click Next at the bottom of the screen to move between questions.
  7. For Essay questions, under the student’s answer, click the “Make comment or override mark” to grade.
  8. A new window will pop up with a place to add a grade and feedback.
  9. When done, hit save.
  10. For auto-graded question types (multiple choice, matching, etc), you may want to override the grade. You do this by accessing the same “Make comment” link shown in step 7, altering the grade, and saving.
  11. To go on to the next question, hit “Next” at the bottom of the page, or choose the Show all questions on one page option under the Quiz Navigation header.
  12. When you are done grading that student’s quiz, click Finish review, which will take you back to the main quiz screen (step 2).


Creating Moodle Mahara Assignments

1. Enter course, turn editing on

2. From the “Add and activity” menu, select “Upload to Mahara.”

3. Add assignment name, description, and change other settings as you would with other assignment types. Hit save.

4. When the student uploads a file, s/he will be required to add tagsbefore the file will submit. The file and the tags will transferautomatically to Mahara.

5. Access and grade assignments as you would normally: Click the name of the assignment, then the “view submissions” link.


Create Tunitin assignment

1. Login to the course and Turn editing on

2. Under the day or week for which you'd like to create the assignment, click "Add an activity"

3. Select "Turnitin"

2. Select Paper Assignment by clicking on the radio button next to it and then click on the Next Step button

3. On the assignment creation page, enter the following: the assignment title and point value for the assignment 

4. Select start and due dates for the assignment. Specific times are also selected. Students are only able to submit once the start date and time has passed. After the due date and time, students will be blocked unless late submissions are enabled.  GradeMark and Peer Review users must select a post date for the assignment. The post date comes after the due date and determines when marked papers or grades will be available for student view

5. Continue to the Turnitin assignment options

6. To see more options for the assignment click on the more options link

7. Choose whether or not students are allowed to view Originality Reports for their submissions by selecting yes or no from the Allow students to see Originality Reports option

8. Modify any other assignment options

9. Click submit to add the Turnitin assignment to the course


More advanced instructor information for Turnitin is available here:


Creating checkboxes for completion in Moodle:

  1. Go to your Moodle course, and choose “Edit settings” from the Course Administration menu on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of page and click the Completion Tracking heading.  Change no to yes.
  3. Save changes at the bottom of the page. This will bring you back to the front page for your course:
  4. Click the edit button next to any assignments or activities you want to add a check box:
  5. Scroll down to the Activity completion heading
  6. Select your preferred method of completion tracking (the “student can manually mark the activity” setting is recommended).
  7. Save and return to course. Repeat for each check box.
  8. Assignment with box!


Adding iPad videos to your Moodle course

You will need to have a YouTube account. You can create one for free, or log in with your gmail/google account login and password.

Part 1: Move the video to YouTube

  1. Create and save your video to your iPad.
  2. In the top right-hand corner of the video, click the “open in” link, and select the YouTube option
  3. Log in with your YouTube username and password
  4. Give the video a title and description
    1. In the privacy settings, you can choose public, private, or unlisted. To ensure your students can view the video, select Public (anyone can view) or Unlisted (anyone with a link can view)
  5. In a few minutes, your video will be availabe on YouTube!
  6. Go to, and view your video.
  7. Underneath the video, click the Share tab.
    1. If you want to provide a link to your video, copy the URL (
    2. If you want the video to be embedded in your Moodle course, click the Embed tab, and copy the code (seen below):

Part 2: Add the video to your Moodle class

  1. In Moodle, go to your course and Turn Editing On.
  2. Option one: add a link to your video (step 7a above):

a. Click “Add an activity or Resource.”

b. Select URL (the very last item on the list)

c. Give the link a name

d. Paste the link to your YouTube video in the Content box.

e. (optional) You can also paste the link into a Book.

   10.  Option two: embed the video in your class (step 7b above):

a. In the topic area you would like to add the video, click the edit pencil   


b. In the text box, click where you would like the video to appear

c. Click the HTML button from the editing options:


d. Paste in the Embed code from YouTube, retrieved in step 7b.    

e. Save by clicking the Update button.

f.  The video is now viewable in your Moodle course!


Adding comments to grade items
This handout refers to grade items that are NOT in your Moodle course as assignments or tests – for example, weekly participation grades.

  1. Go to your course in Moodle
  2. Enter Grade book
  3. in the top right-hand corner, Turn Editing On
  4. A tiny edit gear will appear above each grade box.  Click on it. 
  5. Enter the student's grade in the box labelled final grade.  In the feedback box, type your comments
  6. Save changes

Grades not adding correctly in the Grade Book

If a student's grades are not adding up correctly in the grade book, it is because the student's grade was set to override, which means that any new grades that get added will not be calculated into the total.  You can tell if override has been triggered if in the category or course totals the grade boxes have a yellow/orange shade.
To remove the override setting, do the following:

 1. Go to gradebook
2. Turn Editing On
3. Find the problem grade box, and click the small edit pencil

4. In the settings page that appears, uncheck the override box


5. Save your changes
6. Click Update under the gradebook to see the recalculated grade


Orphaned Activities

Orphaned activities are items in a course that aren’t associated with a topic. They are visible to you, but not to your students.

  1. Go to your course and turn editing on
  2. Move items and activities you want to be orphaned to the bottom of your course page.
  3. In the Administration block, choose Edit settings:
  4. Scroll down and click on “course format.”
    1. Next to “Number of Sections,” change the number to show only the sections you want students to see. For example, if you choose 2, items in topic 3 and following will become orphaned. You may also select whether hidden sections are invisible or collapsed
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and Save Changes.
  1. An orphaned activity is not viewable by students. To un-orphan items, drag and drop them into a visible topic, or repeat steps 4-5 and increase the number of topics showing.
  2. Note: If an orphaned item is hidden from your view (with the eye closed), you will need to make it visible by clicking on the closed eye and causing it to open.


Deleting an assignment for resubmission
1) The student may be able to delete the file by returning to the page where the file was submitted. There may be a red X where the student can delete the file.

2) The instructor can usually delete the file. Follow these steps:
a) Click on the assignment title.
b) Click on the link, "View submitted assignments" - this is the place where you go to view the Turnitin results.
c) Click the "Grade" button (right side of page) for the student whose submission you want to delete.
d) In the window that opens, click the red X beside the title of the submitted paper.
e) Click "Save changes"
f) Return to the course.


Setting up and using the Turnitin App for iPad

Set up: To set up the Turnitin App you will need an iPad, a computer, and a Turnitin assignment in your class that has an assignment submitted.

You will need to complete these steps one time per class. If you include both Turnitin & Turnitin/Mahara assignments, you will need to complete these steps one time per assignment type for each class.

  1. On your iPad, go to the Apple Store and download the Turnitin App.
  2. When the app has finished installing, tap on it to open
  3. A pop-up box with instructions will appear. Read them, or hit “skip” in the top right corner to move on.
  4. From the home screen, hit Access Code (it will turn blue once selected):
  5. On a computer, go to your course in Moodle.
  6. Click the name of a Turnitin Assignment that has student work submitted
  7. From the Submission Inbox, click the tiny pencil to the right of the grade to access Grademark.
  8. In the bottom left corner of Grademark click the Tablet icon, then Generate code:
  9. Go back to your iPad, and type the code in and hit Add (it is not case sensitive, and you do not need the spaces).

Note: these are one time use, unique codes. If you need to share one with another user, you will need to generate a 2nd, different code.

   10. To add more courses, tap the Profile icon in the top right corner:

   11. Repeat the process until all your courses have been added to the App!

NOTE: You only need to do this once per class, unless your class contains both Turnitin and Turnitin/Mahara assignments. In that case, you need to provide an access code for each assignment type. Accessing assignments:

  1. Under Accounts, select Goshen College
  2. A list of courses you’ve added to the app will appear:
  3. Tap a class to access the assignments for that course.
  4. All your Turnitin assignments for that course should appear. Select the one you want to grade.
  5. Tap on an assignment to grade.
  6. Select “Sync Papers” – this downloads all the papers to you iPad, giving you access even when offline (so be sure to download the papers BEFORE you hop on a plane!)
  7. After the papers have synced, tap the assignment again. The paper selected will open.

Commenting & Grading:

  1. To add comments directly to the paper, tap on the screen.
  2. These options will appear (image right).
    1. QM stands for QuickMark. These are commonly used phrases when grading.
    2. The speech bubble allows you to add a lot of text using only a small amount of space, but students cannot view these comments on the iPad.
    3. The T is for “Text.” These comments can be viewed by students on iPad, but take up more space than the bubble comments.
  3. Type your comment then tap elsewhere on the paper to save.
  4. To delete or edit, tap the comment and select the trashcan icon.
  5. To add general comments on the whole paper, click the edit pencil in the top right hand corner. (Note: Once you have graded the paper, the icon changes from a pencil to the grade).
  1. To record a grade, click Edit Grade, and type the grade in the pop up box.
  2. To save, click elsewhere on the screen.

    9. The grade & comments sync automatically to Moodle!

   10. To get to the next paper, click back (top left), then Assignment (top left), and select the next paper from the list.

Note: For students who did not submit an assignment, you will need to go into your Moodle grade book and manually enter a zero.


Importing into your new course

  1. Go into your new course
  1. From the settings block, select Import (image right):

  1. Find your old course. You may need the entire course name to find it!
    1. Select the correct course
    2. Click Continue (see image below)
  1. Select the items you wish to import, and follow the prompts!


  1. It will take anywhere from 1-5 minutes to complete the importing process, depending on how much material you are moving.


  1. Remember that you will still need to go into individual items to change access settings and due dates!


  1. Complete the importing process described in steps 1-6.
  1. Your Turnitin assignments will have transferred over (hooray!). But with the import, students and submission from the previous course will have transferred too (boo!). You will see this error:
  2. To fix, on the right-hand side, choose reset from the settings box:
  3. You don’t need to change any options! Under Turnitin, the correct option (Copy) should already be selected.
  4. Hit the purple Reset Course button.


Moving Courses from the Moodle Archive

  1. In the Moodle archive, go to the class you want to move.
  1. In the settings block, select “Backup.”
  2. You will be taken to a backup settings page. (image below) Click next.
  1. From the list that loads, uncheck any items you do not wish to move. Click next.
  1. Hit Perform Backup.
  2. Hit Continue
  3. You will see a set of back up data. You need to download that file. Find the appropriate file name and click “Download”.
    1. In Firefox, your file will save automatically to your download folder.
    2. Google Chrome you will need to right-click and say “save link as.” Save to your desktop or somewhere easy to navigate to.
  1. In regular Moodle, go to the class you want to import into.
  1. From the settings block, select Restore
  2. Select “Choose a file.” And then “choose file.” Navigate to where you save the backed up file in step 7.  If using Mozilla Firefox, the file will be in your downloads folder:
  3. Click Restore
  4. Scroll down and click Continue.
  5. Scroll down to the “Restore into this course” option. Click continue under that heading.
  6. Scroll to bottom, click Next
  7. Scroll to bottom, click Next (Ignore settings like course name & start date – they will not impact your course)
  8. Scroll to bottom, click Perform Restore
  9. Click Continue to be taken back to your course.



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