Top 10 Moodle Skills Every Faculty Member Needs to Know

These are the top 10 skills every faculty member need to know, along with links to tutorials for each of them.   Each item contains links to both written documentation and video tutorials, when both exist.

Top 10 #1

Post a document for students to access

M3.1 Drag File

Learn how to drag files into Moodle, how to create folders to orgranize documents or link files from Google Drive.

You can also watch a portion of the March 2015 Moodle Essentials presentation on Posting Resources to Moodle.

Top 10 #2
Communicate with students via the Announcements forum (formerly News Forum) or Quickmail

Learn to use the Announcements forum to contact your class, or add the Quickmail block to send individual or group emails.

You can also watch a portion of the March 2015 Moodle Essentials presentation on Communicating with Students through Moodle.

Top 10 #3
Show/hide entire course or specific activities

Show your entire course by using the "Show course to students" link in the Administration block.

Any item or sectin can be hidden from students by clicking "Edit" menu to the right and then selecting "Hide".

M31_HideWeek.png  M31_HideItem.png

Learn how to show or hide other items in this video from

Top 10 #4
Organize Moodle content in a coherent and easy-to-use manner

Check out the different Course Formats available to organize your course page effectively, and learn about how to use Blocks on your course page.

Watch a portion of the March 2015 Moodle Essentials presentation about different ways to format your Moodle page.

Top 10 #5
Migrate material from one Moodle site to another

These resources from the Moodle Documentation will walk you through the process:

Top 10 #6

Grant access to auditors, support staff or colleagues to their Moodle page

See our page on Adding Students, Graders, etc in our Moodle Documentation site.

Also, see how off-campus collaborators can access our Moodle server!

If you like video tutorials, watch this Lynda video to learn how to add new users to your Moodle site.

Top 10 #7
Create an assignment where students submit their work

Read about creating an Assignment, grading assignments or granting extensions!

This Lynda video demonstrates how to create an assignment.

M3.1 Assignment Grading Download Submissions 

Top 10 #8
Create a discussion forum for students to use

Check out this Moodle Documentation on Creating and using forums! Forums can be used for out-of-class discussions, having students share their work, peer review exercises or individual journal activities.

Button for adding a new topic to a forum 

Top 10 #9
Create an online sign-up that students can use to schedule appointments with the instructor, TA or support staff

Google Appointment Slots are the best way to create a schedule of appointments for students to sign-up on, check out the Google Help documentation on using Appointment Slots, or this video on how they work.

Moodle Scheduler is still available and still the only way to allow students to schedule appointments in groups.  

Top 10 #10
Configure the Gradebook to calculate course grades using weighted categories.

Check out the help pages on using the new "Natural" aggregation method, the only one you'll ever need!

M3.1 Gradebook Editing On