Moodle Help for Faculty

Moodle is a web-based course management system which allows faculty to easily set up interactive online spaces for their courses without having to know how to create web pages. Faculty can upload syllabi, host discussions, accept assignments electronically, send email to their students, give quizzes, and much more. Moodle is also used by many departments, organizations and committees on campus.

This page contains links to all the documentation we have prepared for faculty members.  For a selected list of those question that we are most frequently asked, see the FAQ page. Additionally you can go to for official Moodle documentation but be aware that the official documentation may not be complete, may include information on versions we aren't running or describe an interface that looks significantly different that which we have at Amherst.

Each page should include the version of Moodle that was current when the page was written or last updated. We are currently running version 2.8. Documentation for older versions will probably work but the look of the interface may be significantly different. When we go to a major new version we make an effort to check and update all relevant documentation.

To connect to Moodle, go to:  Enter your Amherst username and password in the login box.

To search for Moodle help, use the site search box and append Moodle to your search string, i.e., Moodle video.

These instructions will show faculty members how to complete common Moodle tasks. Unless otherwise noted, all of the following instructions assume that you have logged into Moodle and are looking at one of your courses.

Table of Contents


Student management (student lists, registration, groups)

Working with Course Content (activities and resources)

Moodle allows you to add two basic types of content to your course site.

Resources: These are content items that the student is expected to read, watch, or listen to.

Activities: These content items require that active participation of the student and involve them in writing or recording something.  What they produce may be either exchanged with just the instructor or with the entire class depending on the nature of the activity.

A demo course that shows you most of the different types of activities and resources is available. You are limited to student level access.

Moodle also gives you two different ways to select which kind of content you want to add.

Access Control

Course management (course format, course settings, gradebook, course copying)

User Profile

Please note that this page does not cover all possible ways of accomplish any tasks or discuss all possible options but it will provide all the information needed for most faculty members in most situations. For more information or to suggest other questions that should be answered here please contact Academic Technology Services. Also, please let us know if you spot content that is either difficult to understand, obsolete or incorrect.