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 http://moodle.org 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: http://moodle.amherst.edu. 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
- How do I log into Moodle?
- How do I access my Moodle courses?
- How do I access a course I'm not in?
- How does the editor work?
- How can I get help?
- How do I get a list of my students?
- How do I send email to my class?
- How do I email a course section?
- How do I email a co-requisite course?
- Why can't a 5-college student registered for my course access course material?
- What are Moodle groups? (moodle.org documentation)
- Can I organize my students into groups?
- How do I add a student to my course?
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.
- How do I add my syllabus (or any other file) to the course?
- What are print reserves?
- How do I let my students share papers/files?
- Is there a drop box in Moodle?
- How do I change a section header?
- How do I use the Virtual Classroom with a guest lecturer?
- Why can't I (or some of my students) see the e-reserves?
- How do I modify content after I add it to the course?
- What are the icons I see after content items when editing?
- How do I prevent students from starting forum discussions?
- How do I record audio or video?
- How do I get a copy of a forum outside of Moodle?
- How do groups work with forums?
- How do I print a forum?
- How do I create a link to a YouTube video without having a player appear on the page?
- Who can access my course material?
- How do I make a course available to my students?
- How do I use the Quicksets block?
- How do I allow/prevent people not in my course from having access?
- How do I stop guests from accessing selected content?
- How Can I Limit Access to My Course to the Amherst College Community
- How do I restrict access to the gradebook?
- What formats are available for my course?
- How can I change the look of my course using themes?
- How do I add a TA to my course?
- How can I change my courses settings?
- How do I copy the contents from one course to another?
- Can I track what my students do in my course?
- Can I combine weekly and topics course formats?
- How can I tell if my students see what I want them to see?
- How can I copy content from one course to another?
- What are blocks and how do I use them?
- What does "docking a block" do?
- How does the gradebook work?
- With rubrics, why doesn't the gradebook show the rubric points?
- What are badges?
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.