Add an Image

Add with drag-and-drop uploading

One way to add an image to the main moodle page for your course is to use drag and drop uploading (when Editing is turned on). However, if you use this method, make sure the image is properly sized beforehand! A safe size is 500 pixels wide or smaller.  

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Upon dragging and dropping the image, Moodle will ask if you want to add the image to the course page or create a file resource. Choose Add image to course page. 

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This will create a "label" on your page containing the image. As with any Moodle resource, you can move it around using the crosshair icon to the left, and edit or delete it using the menu to the right. 

Please be sure to click edit and Add Alt-Text to the image, to ensure accessibilty for all students. 

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Add image using the text editor

Whenever you add or edit text in Moodle, you can also insert an image. To begin with this method you will need to edit a section header, add a label, or add a page. Once you have a text editor open, you will see icons to insert images or media. 

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On the next screen you have the option to add an image via URL, or upload one from your computer. To upload an image, click the Browse Repositories button. 

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Then, click Upload a file and then choose file. 

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Find the file on your computer, and back in Moodle click upload this file. 

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Please be sure to add descriptive text ("alt-text") in the box that says "describe this image".

Depending on the size of the image, you may need to resize it so it will fit on the screen. A safe bet is to check the "Auto size" button which will set the image to match the width of the browser.

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After clicking the Save Image button, you will see your image in your text box. To edit it further, click the add/edit image icon again. 

Be sure to click Save and Return to Course when you are done!

Sending Email to Class

Faculty can email students in their classes through the Quickmail Block or Participants List in Moodle.

Quickmail Block

Look for your Quickmail Block to the lower right-hand side of your course site. Click "Compose New Message" and see below for continued instructions. 

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Participants List

The list has been highly modified by Amherst and these instructions will not work on other Moodle installations.

Access the participants list by going to the Navigation > My courses > Course Name > Participants. This will bring up the course roster.

There are four ways to send email from the roster.

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1. Emailing the entire class

Click on the Email this course button. This will email everyone included in the course. This can include librarians, course coordinators and TAs.

2. Emailing every class member with a particular role(s)

Click on the Email By Role line near the top of the page. Then click on the roles that should receive the email. Finally click on the Submit button. The All Students role includes everyone with a student or petitioner role.

3. Emailing a group of individuals

Click the checkbox beneath the name of every person to receive the email. Above the list of participants, click on the Send an email link after the With selected users... prompt.

4. Emailing an Individual

To send email to a single individual, simply click on their email address.

The Quickmail Interface

Choose who you'd like to send the message to. If you've arrived here through the Participants list you will have this set already. 
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Fill out the subject and message body...
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The “Supported user data fields” is an optional but interesting feature that lets you make your messages more personalized, similar to a Mail Merge. For example, if you add the text “Hi [:firstname:]” to the message body, each student will get an email with their own first name in the message body (ie “Hi Joe”). 
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At the bottom you can add attachments (see below), set an email signature, or choose to send the message at a later time. If you want to get a copy of the email, be sure to select “Yes” for “Receive a send report”.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"full","fid":"406595","attributes":{"alt":"quickmail interface","class":"image-original-click adaptive-image media-image","desc":"quickmail interface","media-element":"1","mm_media_outlined":"1","style":"border: 1px solid black;","title":""}}]]

Click "Send Message" when you are ready!

A Note About Attachments

  • In the new Quickmail, the email recipient will receive links to the attached files instead of traditional attachments. All the recipient has to do is click the link to download the attachment.
  • An email with multiple attachments will contain a link to a ZIP file containing all the attachments. Simply click the link to download the zip file, unzip it, and you will have a folder on your computer with all the files. 

Sent Messages in Gmail

  • After sending a message through Moodle, you will see one message for each recipient in your Gmail sent messages folder. 
  • This provides added verification for you that messages were sent, and lets you follow up as needed outside of Moodle. 
  • If a message is sent to a large number of recipients (ie 30+), you may only see sent messages for some of the recipients. Be assured that all recipients will have received the message, this is just due to how Moodle batch-processes the messages. You can always check your email history in Moodle to double check. 
  • It is possible to set a filter in Gmail to remove these messages from your Sent folder. Contact for help with this. 



Course Formats

Faculty can change the look and feel of their Moodle site by choosing a different course format. Many of the course formats below have the advantage of providing a more compact interface for navigating a Moodle site, instead of having to scroll down (and down, and down...) one long page.  

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.

Upload a File

You can add any type of file to your Moodle site for students to download. 

Manage forum subscription

Whenever an instructor creates a forum, they make a basic decision on subscription. Forum subscription is the process of sending emails of postings to participants. The instructor has four options:

  • Optional subscription - Participants can choose whether to be subscribed
  • Forced subscription - Everyone is subscribed and cannot unsubscribe
  • Auto subscription - Everyone is subscribed initially but can choose to unsubscribe at any time
  • Subscription disabled - Subscriptions are not allowed

If the instructor chooses forced or subscription disabled there is nothing for a student to do.

With auto or optional subscription, students get to choose whether they want to get emails whenever someone posts a message to the forum. Just below the message field is a subscription option that controls the student's subscription for the entire forum. The default is to not subscribe. This is a recent change for the previous default which was to subscribe.

Assuming that they are allowed to, a user can change their subscription either by checking on unchecking the subscription box when creating a posting or, when in a forum, going to the Forum Administration block and clicking on the Subscribe to/Unsubscribe from this forum toggle. There is also an unsubscribe link at the bottom of the each email message you get from a forum that you are subscribed to.

Manage Guest Access

  1. For sites using the Amherst default theme: in the Administration block on the left, in the section Course administration, click on the link Users, and then on the link Enrollment methods and finally on Guest Access
  2. On the page Guest access, in the menu Allow guest access, select either Yes or No.
  3. Click on the button Save changes.

By default, courses are built with guest access turned off.

If you set guest access to Yes you can then attach a password. Only guests with the password will be allowed access.

Note that guests will have access to resources, but not to activities, E-Reserves or Video Reserves.

Add Text to a Section

  1. Turn editing on using the button in the upper right or the one in in the Course Administration section of the Administration block. 
  2. Pull down the Edit menu in the upper right of the section.  Click on Edit Section.
  3. If you'd like to rename the section, uncheck the Use default section name box and enter the new name.
  4. Add any text (or images, links or media) in the summary box. 
  5. Click the Save changes button.

If you are using the weekly course format, the section for the current week will be automatically highlighted even if you’ve renamed it. You can switch to a topics-based format in your Course settings.


Dock a Block

In the default configuration of Moodle, blocks occupy the left and right columns of the display.  This takes up space and can distract from the course material. Additionally, critical blocks can be hidden below the bottom of the display and require scrolling to reach.

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Moodle provides the ability to "dock" blocks. A docked block shows up as a label along the left edge of the display. To dock a block, click on the dock icon, [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"335275","attributes":{"alt":"block to dock icon","class":"media-image","desc":"block to dock icon","height":"12","media-element":"1","title":"","width":"12"}}]], in the upper right of the block. This will make lower blocks easier to get to. For example, docking the Navigation block moves the Administration block to the top. If you dock all the blocks in either the left or right column, you can widen the space available for course content. Additionally, unless you dock a lot of blocks, all the docked blogs will be available without scrolling.

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Blocks will appear top to bottom in the order they were docked.

To access the docked block, simply move your mouse over the block label in the docking area and the contents of the block will appear in a flyout format.

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Note that docking is controlled by individual users. An instructor can not dock the blocks in their course for the students.

To undock a block and return it to the default display location, either click on the undock icon, [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"335276","attributes":{"alt":"dock to block icon","class":"media-image","desc":"dock to block icon","height":"12","media-element":"1","title":"","width":"12"}}]], in the upper right of the flyout block, or click on the Undock icon at the bottom of the docking area to undock all the blocks.


Add a Block

Blocks are the smaller boxes that appear on the sides of your Moodle course page. Some of these are specified by Moodle (such as Navigation and Settings)  and some have been added here at Amherst (such as Need Help?). In addition you can add additional blocks to your course to show the information you want your students to see.