Topic outline

  • Moodle Logo101
    • Moodle, or Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, is an online Learning Management System (LMS) similar to WebCT and BlackBoard. Moodle allows for the design and delivery of Internet-based courses and web sites. Moodle can also be used to compliment your in class materials for your face-to-face courses.

      Below you will find the Instructor Guide. This document should give you a good overview of how to navigate Moodle and how to set up a basic course space. The rest of this Moodle space is dedicated to giving you more detailed step-by-step instructions, video tutorials and demos of all the resources and activities that are available to you in Moodle. Can't find what your looking for? Visit Moodle Docs at or contact


      Instructor Guide

  • Resources

    What are Moodle resources?

    A resource in Moodle is an item that facilitates learning.

    • Books
      Books are created using the Book module.  This module allows the creation of multi-page content laid out in a book style format.  Ideal for course outlines where you can have several diverse topics (ie. course introduction, assignment timeline, grading, etc) that you would like to seperate with a clean and easy to read format.
    • Files
      Files include images, documents (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, PDF, etc), audio and video.
    • Folders
      Folders create a directory for organizing files or other folders.  Files can be added one at a time or by uploading a *.zip file containing multiple files which will then be unzipped.
    • IMS Content Package
      The IMS Content Package allows for the uploading and use of IMS content.  It might help to know that IMS is a set of standards for e-learning materials for the easy transfer from one system to another.
    • Labels
      A label is used to seperate activities or resources.  Labels can contain text, images and other media.  They can be as long or as brief as you want them to be.
    • Example label

      GPRC logo

      The GPRC is located in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

    • Pages
      Pages are single page, scrollable and contain your course content using HTML.  The majority of assignments contained in your online course will be displayed using pages.
    • URL
      A URL, Universal Resource Locator, allows you to provide your students with a link to another webpage on the Internet.
  • Activities

    What are Moodle activities?

    An activity in Moodle is used to add interaction between students or with the instructor.

    • Assignments
      Assignments allow for instructors to grade students and give feedback on submitted materials.  Students can upload files, compose online text or do activities offline.
    • Lessons
      Lessons consist of a collection of question and content pages.  The lesson differs from other activities because it is adaptive.  Different instructor responses can be given based on student answers or a branching model can be used to redirect students to different content.  This allows for creating self directed lessons.
    • Quizzes
      Online quizzes offer the instructor the ability to create quizzes and store a question bank. Once all the questions are entered into the system Moodle can then be used to randomly select questions to be used, or the instructor can select them themselves.  Instructors chooses quiz accessibility, marking, number of attempts, etc.
    • SCORM Packages
      The SCORM Package allows the instructor to upload SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) packages into their courses.
    • Collaborative/Building Activities
    • Glossaries
      Glossaries are similar to dictionaries.  Create terms with definitions and the glossary organizes it all alphabetically.  A glossary can be instructor created or a collaborative effort by a group of participants.
    • Databases
      Databases allow users to push, browse and pull entries from created database tables.
    • Wikis
      A wiki is a shared document that all students can contribute to.  This can be used to allow students to help with the creation of course materials, and who knows, within a few years your contributing students may have created a free online textbook tailored specifically for your course.

      Wikis in Plain English by leelefever

    • Opinion Activities
    • Choice
      A choice is a single multiple choice question.  Primarily useful as a polling utility.
    • Feedback
      The Feedback module allows the instructor to create a survey for their class.  The main difference between Feedback and Survey modules is that the instructor can create the questions in a Feedback.  Ideal for class evaluations.
    • Survey
      Surveys provide instructors with a way to assess the online learning environment.  They include several different formats including COLLES (Constructivist On-Line Learning Environment Survey) and ATTLS (Attitudes to Thinking and Learning Survey)
    • Communication in Moodle
    • Synchronous
    • Chats
      Chats allow for real time text conversations within a chat window.
    • Elluminate Live!
      Elluminate Live! is web conferencing software.  Features include VOIP, teleconferencing, chat, quizzing, webcam, whiteboard, application sharing, file transfer and allows for recording for future watching. Please visit the Elluminate Live! Support Page in Moodle for more information and for the Participant and Moderator Guides.
    • Asynchronous
    • Quickmail
      Quickmail is a block that needs to be added on a per course basis.  It provides the ability to email students in the class or conversely have the students email the instructor easily from within the course.  Emails go to the student/instructor's email on record.
    • Forums
      A forum consists of topics and posts which is collectively called a thread.  This allows students to post questions or help answer other students questions in an asynchronous environment.
  • Other Important Areas

    • Gradebook
      The Gradebook automatically populates itself by collecting items that have been selected to be graded. These include but are not limited to assignments, lessons and quizzes.
      You can categorize the Gradebook and change how it calculates the final grade.
    • Reports
      Consist of five reporting features:
      * Logs
      * Activity Reports
      * Participation Reports
      * Statistics
      * Activity Completion
  • Topic 5

    • Moodle has additional functionality not covered in this guide.

      For additional information or troubleshooting contact the Educational Technologies Centre at