Add an Image

Add to main course page   ♦   Insert into a text area

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!

Moodle will automatically import directory photos for all users, but you can change your Moodle profile photo if desired. If you remove your profile picture and don't add a new one, your directory photo will come back in the next day.

Here's how to change your Moodle profile picture:

  1. Click the User menu in the upper right (where you see your picture) and select Profile.
  2. In the User Details area, click Edit profile.
  3. Scroll down to the User picture section.
  4. To delete the existing picture, click the box next to Delete.
  5. Drag and drop the new image file to the files block in the New picture section or click on the icon in the upper left of the New picture section to bring up the File picker. 
  6. Back in the Edit profile page, scroll down the bottom of the page and click on the button Update profile.


Manage Guest Access

Faculty can enable Guest Access to allow people not enrolled in their course to access their Moodle site.

  • 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.

Preview Page as Someone Else

This feature can be useful if you want to preview what your Moodle site will look like to students, for example. 

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 allow for groups before you can create any.

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 your course's Moodle site.
  2. Click the "Course Management" gear icon in the top menu bar. 
  3. Click "Backup"
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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","height":"19","media-element":"1","nid":"499850","title":"","width":"116"}}]] with the text varying according to the assignment.

  1. Click on the link for the assignment.
  2. Click Add Submission.
  3. Drag-and-drop your file into the upload box, or use the "Add file" button to choose it.
    [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"full","fid":"477390","attributes":{"alt":"upload assignment","class":"image-original-click adaptive-image media-image","desc":"upload assignment","media-element":"1","mm_media_outlined":"1","style":"border: 1px solid black;","title":""}}]]
  4. Once that is done, click on Save changes to actually upload the file.
  5. 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.