How to Create Groups

Moodle allows you to divide your students into groups.  You can then use the groups to divide activities. For example, if you use groups with a forum each group would get a different copy of the same forum. You can set the forum to prevent or allow students in one group to see postings done by members of another group.

See the group documentation at for a discussion of the types of groups. You must adjust the course settings to all for groups before you can create any.

Add a Page

A page is new screen which you can use to add anything that the editor allows. If you are tempted to create a label but it's getting too large to display on the main course page, create a new page to hold the content. Rather than having the text appear on the Moodle page, only a link appears. Clicking on the link opens a new page containing the text.

  1. From your course page, turn editing on and go to the Topic or Week in which you want to add a resource.
  2. Click the Activity Chooser menu and, under Resources, select Page.
  3. Type in a name for your page; this name will be displayed on your course’s Moodle page.
  4. The Description field is optional.
  5. Enter the text for the page in the Content section (not in the Description section!). Note that you can use the text editor to insert images, media, links to files, URL's, etc!
  6. Click Save at the bottom.

Add a Folder

How to add a folder in moodle resource for a course.

Add a lightbox gallery

Creating the lightbox gallery

  1. From your course page, turn editing on and go to the Topic or Week in which you want to add the gallery.
  2. Click on the Add an activity or resource menu and select Lightbox gallery.
  3. Type in a name for your page.
  4. The Advanced section deals mostly with layout of the images. In general, the defaults are acceptable.
  5. Click Save at the bottom.

Adding images

Once the lightbox has been created, a link will appear in the course. Clicking on the link will bring up a largely empty page that displays the description and has an Add images button. Clicking on the image will bring up an interface where you can select files to add. Note that although it appears that you can upload multiple files at the same time, we've had problems attempting to do this with this version of the lightbox. The solution is either to go through the entire upload process one file at a time or to compress a series of images into a zip file and upload the zip file. Lightbox will upzip and use the individual files. The resulting lightbox display will show image thumbnails. Clicking on a thumbnail will bring up a full size version of the image.

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Add a video reserve

How to add a link to a video reserve to a course in moodle. See our About Video Reserves page for more information.

Create an email auto-reply or out-of-office message

How to create an email auto-reply message. Students can use auto-reply if you will be away from Amherst for a time or graduating seniors can use auto-reply to notify people about their new email addresses. Faculty and staff can use email auto-reply for when you are away, on vacation, out of the office, or otherwise unavailable by email. Anyone leaving Amherst can use auto-reply to notify people of your new or preferred email address.