How Do I Set Standard Activity Options

Valid for Moodle 2.5.  Updated on 1/27/2014.Whenever you create a new activity of any type there are a variety of options.  Many of these options are shared with most, if not all, other activity  types.  Some of the options have advanced features, indicated by a green asterisk and a button you can use to hide or show these advanced features.

Common Module Settings

Common Module Settings

The Visible options determines whether anybody (other than the instructor) can see the activity.

The ID number is used for complex gradebook calculations.  If you don't know you need this, you don't.

For  Group mode if you select No Group then all students use a single instance of the activity, i.e. all students participate in the same forum. If the selection is Visible groups then each group has a separate activity but any student can see any activity. Separate groups means that each group has a separate and private activity. You can use the pull-down menu to select a grouping that will restrict access to individuals who are members of a group within the grouping.  Groupings are a form of super-group consisting of one or more group.

Restrict Access

restrict access interface

Moodle allows you to control access to the activity in a variety of ways.

To control by date, specify the start and end time when the activity will be available.  First click the Enable box and then set the date.  If only the from is set then there is no end point.  If only the until is set then the activity is immediately available.

Note that some activities have a second date control for when the activity can be performed. These fields control when the activity can be seen.

You can prevent a student from accessing an activity until they have scored a certain value in one or more graded items.  For instance, you can prevent them from proceeding until they score at least a 70 on a quiz.  Or you could make a review activity available if they score below a specified value. Initially you can select a single gradable item, but by using the Add 2 grade conditions to formto specify additional conditions.

The final option determines how a restricted resource appears before it's available.  The default is that the text is printed in gray.  Alternatively, you can specify that the resource is completely hidden.