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.  

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"full","fid":"354170","attributes":{"alt":"drag image","class":"image-original-click adaptive-image media-image","desc":"drag image","media-element":"1","mm_media_outlined":"1","style":"border: 1px solid black;","title":""}}]]

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. 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"full","fid":"354171","attributes":{"alt":"add image to course page","class":"image-original-click adaptive-image media-image","desc":"add image to course page","media-element":"1","title":""}}]]


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. 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"full","fid":"354172","attributes":{"alt":"move or edit image","class":"image-original-click adaptive-image media-image","desc":"move or edit image","media-element":"1","mm_media_outlined":"1","style":"border: 1px solid black;","title":""}}]]

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. 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"full","fid":"364834","attributes":{"alt":"insert image","class":"image-original-click adaptive-image media-image","desc":"insert image","media-element":"1","mm_media_outlined":"1","style":"border: 1px solid black;","title":""}}]]


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. 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"full","fid":"364837","attributes":{"alt":"browse repositories","class":"image-original-click adaptive-image media-image","desc":"browse repositories","media-element":"1","mm_media_outlined":"1","style":"border: 1px solid black;","title":""}}]]

Then, click Upload a file and then choose file. 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"full","fid":"354175","attributes":{"alt":"upload file and choose file","class":"image-original-click adaptive-image media-image","desc":"upload file and choose file","media-element":"1","mm_media_outlined":"1","style":"border: 1px solid black;","title":""}}]]

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

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"full","fid":"354179","attributes":{"alt":"upload this file","class":"image-original-click adaptive-image media-image","desc":"upload this file","media-element":"1","mm_media_outlined":"1","style":"border: 1px solid black;","title":""}}]] 

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.

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"full","fid":"364836","attributes":{"alt":"image size","class":"image-original-click adaptive-image media-image","desc":"image size","media-element":"1","mm_media_outlined":"1","style":"border: 1px solid black;","title":""}}]]

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!

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.

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.

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"full","fid":"366744","attributes":{"alt":"blocks not docked","class":"image-original-click adaptive-image media-image","desc":"blocks not docked","media-element":"1","mm_media_outlined":"1","style":"border: 1px solid black;","title":""}}]]

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.

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"full","fid":"366745","attributes":{"alt":"All blocks docked","class":"image-original-click adaptive-image media-image","desc":"All blocks docked","media-element":"1","mm_media_outlined":"1","style":"border: 1px solid black;","title":""}}]]

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.

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"full","fid":"366746","attributes":{"alt":"nav block expanded","class":"image-original-click adaptive-image media-image","desc":"nav block expanded","media-element":"1","mm_media_outlined":"1","style":"border: 1px solid black;","title":""}}]]

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.

Back up Course Content

Backing up all or part of your Moodle course page

Moodle has a method for making a backup of an entire Moodle course page, or parts of a Moodle course page. This is useful for saving a backup copy of all of your materials or for moving your material to a completely different Moodle site.

Note that faculty do not have access to "Restore" a backup file into the Amherst Moodle themselves, please contact IT for assistance.

  1. Go to the course. In the Administration block (usually located on the lower left side of the course page), click on Course Administration > Backup.
  2. The next several pages allow you to select what parts of the site you want to back up. One inportant option on the first page allows you to anonymize user information. This keeps information about students, but removes their names. For instance, forum entries would be kept but no identification information would be kept with the posts.
  3. On the last page, the backup will actually created. This may take a minute. When the page is done loading, click Continue at the bottom.
  4. Your course data backup has now been created. Moodle will show you the backup files that it has. If you want you can click on download to make a copy on your computer. A copy will remain on the Moodle server.

Using the Quicksets Block

The Quicksets block - which is usually located in the right column and which is only visible to course instructors - allows you to change a couple of settings quickly and without having to go to the course settings page.

Upload File for an Assignment

The simplest assignment requires the upload of a single file. The assignment will appear in your Moodle course as [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"274353","attributes":{"alt":"Assignment image","class":"media-image","desc":"Assignment image","nid":"499850","title":"","height":"19","width":"116"}}]] with the text varying according to the assignment.

  1. Click on the assignment.
  2. Click on the Upload a file button to bring up the upload dialogue
  3. Click on the Choose a file button to bring up the File Picker that will allow you to select the file to upload.
  4. In the File Picker, select the source of the file.
  5. Use Upload a file to load a file from your computer's disk. Click on the Browse button to find the file and then click on the Upload this file button.
  6. Once that is done, click on Save changes to actually upload the file.
  7. Once you have the correct file loaded, click on the Save changes button. Your assignment interface will now show the name of the file you uploaded and, if the instructor has set the assignment to allow it, the Upload a file button will have changed to Update this file which allows you to replace the file with a new one.

Remember that Assignments pass information between you and the instructor. Uploaded assignment files are not visible to other students.