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. From the Administration block, click Users, then Enrolled users.
  3. Click the Enroll Users button near the top of the page
  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. Click Enroll Users to save


Changing Notification settings in Moodle

  1. Log into Moodle
  2. Click on your profile icon in the top right corner, and select Preferences
  3. Choose Notification preferences and adjust accordingly
  4. Save

Setting up QuickMail so students can email each other

  1. From the Quickmail block, Click “Configuration.”  
  2. Change “No” to “Yes”
  3. Save Changes.
  4. Students in your class can now email each other through Moodle!


Messaging all class members

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. Note that attachments sent through quickmail will be converted to Zip files. Students receiving messages in their GC email account. 


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
  1. You will be taken to a page of assignment settings and options
  2. Under General, add a name of the assignment. In the description box put the instructions for the assignment.
  3. Availability settings allow you to control when students can submit homework. If you don’t want availability restricted, uncheck the box next to enable
  4. 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
  5. Grade: Select how many points you want the assignment to be worth. 1000 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

If you have never used Moodle quizzes before, attending a training session or reviewing the help resources is highly recommended. Contact for more information. 

  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).


Create Turnitin 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"

4. Adjust settings as desired. 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. The post date comes after the due date and determines when marked papers or grades will be available for student view


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. In the administration block, you will now see a link for "Course completion."
  4. Click that link, and then select Bulk edit activity completion
  5. Select all the items you want checkboxes next to, adjust the settings, and save. 


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 available 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!


Grades not adding correctly in the Grade Book

If a student's grades are not adding up correctly in the grade book, it is often 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 gear icon (image below is a pencil, but gear will be in similar location)

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


Deleting an assignment for resubmission

Note: Students cannot delete Turnitin submissions; the professor will need to do that. The instructions here are for Moodle assignments. 

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. 

  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

 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. QM stands for QuickMark. These are commonly used phrases when grading.
    1. 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.
    2. The T is for “Text.” These comments can be viewed by students on iPad, but take up more space than the bubble comments.These options will appear (image right).
  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

Note: you must be enrolled as a teacher or manager in the old course in order to import it. If you are importing another teacher's content, contact to gain access.

  1. Go into your new course
  1. From the settings block, select Import
  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!

 EM (7/10/19)

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