Creating Course Content

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Content area of your Moodle course is divided into modules. Content is created by adding resources and activities to these modules. Modules serve as clusters of related course material. Every module should be clearly labeled by the topic and/or dates it applies to.

The module displayed at the top of your course page (called the introductory module) does not have a name at its left and is optimally reserved for the course title, generic course information and documents (e.g. syllabus, course policies, course schedule, grading rubrics, etc.). It includes the News Forum by default.

Changing the Title or Name of a Module (Topic)


 

Important Note: Please do not copy text directly from Microsoft Word into a title or label.

  1. Log in to your course and click the Turn editing on button. NUM1
  2. Click on the Edit summary (edit) icon underneath the name of the topic.  NUM2
  3. Uncheck the Use default section name checkbox. NUM3
  4. In the Section name box enter the name of the module.
  5. In the Summary box you may optionally enter a summary of the module that will be displayed along with the name.
  6. Click on Save-Changes.
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Inserting a Label


 

Add a short piece of text to the front page of your Moodle course. You can add additional labels throughout the course whenever you wish to add text, images, or videos directly to the course homepage. If you want to add a large amount of text, consider the Compose a Page option to avoid a wall of text.

Important Note: Please do not copy text directly from Microsoft Word into a label.

  1. Click the Turn Editing On button. NUM1
  2. Click on the Add a Resource drop-down menu in the specific module and select Insert a LabelNUM2
  3. Type in the Label text to be displayed on the page. NUM3
  4. Click on Save-and-Return-to-Course.
  5. The label will appear in the content area.
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Composing a Page


 

Select this option if you want to add a web page that can contain images, tables, and other enhanced layout elements. This type of resource is also good for a large amount of text.

  1. Click the Turn Editing On button. NUM1
  2. Click on the Add a Resource drop-down menu in the specific module and select Compose a Page. NUM2
  3. Type in a Name for the page. You may leave the description box empty. NUM3
  4. Type or paste in the information in the Page content box.  Use the formatting toolbar to achieve the layout of the text. NUM4
  5. Click on Save-and-Return-to-Course.
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Link to a File (Drag and Drop Method)


 

Add documents (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, PDF, etc.) to your Moodle course from your computer.Note: The browser will need to be restored down for this process to properly work. Click on the “Restore down” button on the top right corner of your browser. 11-RestoreDown

  1. Click the Turn Editing On button. NUM1
  2. Locate the file on your computer.
  3. Left click to select the file (icon will turn blue when selected), then left click and hold to drag the document. NUM2
  4. Slowly drag the file onto Moodle and place it into the preferred module.
  5. A dotted line box will appear around the module. Let go of the button to allow the file to be uploaded. NUM3
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 Link to a File (File Selection Method)


 

A second method of adding documents to your Moodle course from your computer; use this option if drag and drop does not work, or if it is not suited to meet your needs.

  1. Click the Turn Editing On button. NUM1
  2. Click on the Add a Resource drop-down menu in the specific module and select Link to a File. NUM2
  3. Type in a Name for the file you are uploading. You may leave the description box empty. NUM3Note: you may drag and drop files to the ‘You can drag and drop files here to add them’ section if you feel comfortable doing so. Otherwise, please continue following these steps.
  4. Scroll down and click on the Add… button. NUM4
  5. From the list of options on the left of the File picker, select Upload a FileNUM5
  6. Select Browse and locate the file on your computer. Click OK.
  7. Click on Upload this file.
  8. Click on Save-and-Return-to-Course
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Display a Directory of Items (Drag and Drop Method)


 

Add a collection of documents (i.e., a directory) to your Moodle course from your computer.

  1. Locate the folder you would like to upload to Moodle.
  2. Select the folder by left clicking on it once.
  3. Right click on the folder to open the context menu. Select Send To and then Compressed (zipped) Folder. Click Yes to continue. NUM1
  4. A zipped version of your folder will appear.
  5. In Moodle: Click the Turn editing on button. NUM2
  6. Left click to select the zipped folder (icon will turn blue when selected), then left click and hold to drag the document. NUM3
  7. Slowly drag the file onto Moodle and place it into the preferred module.
  8. A dotted line box will appear around the module. Let go of the button to allow the file to be uploaded. NUM4
  9. Select Unzip files and create folder and click Upload to create a folder onto your Moodle. NUM5
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Display a Directory of Items (File Selection Method)


 

A second method to add a collection of documents to your Moodle course from your computer; use this option if drag and drop does not work, or if it is not suited to meet your needs.

  1. Click the Turn Editing On button. NUM1
  2. Click on the Add a Resource drop-down menu in the specific module and select Display a DirectoryNUM2
  3. Type in a Name for the documents you are uploading. NUM3
  4. Scroll down to the Content area and click on Create FolderNUM4
  5. Enter a name for your folder and press Create folder to confirm. NUM5
  6. Click on the folder you just created.
  7. Click on the Add… button.
  8. From the list of options on the left of the File picker, select Upload a FileNUM6
  9. Select Browse and locate the file on your computer. Click OK. Continue this for each additional file.
  10. Click on Upload this file.
  11. Click on Save-and-Return-to-Course
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Link to an External Website


 

Add a link to an external website to your Moodle course; websites can be displayed in a number of ways, but by default links will open in a new window and will not close Moodle. Other display options are available.

  1. Click the Turn Editing On button. NUM1
  2. Click on the Add a Resource drop-down menu in the specific module and select Link to a WebsiteNUM2
  3. Type in a Name for the website you are linking to. NUM3
  4. Locate the specific web site you want to send students to. Use Google for help if you are uncertain of the website address (URL).
  5. Copy and Paste the web site address (URL) into the External URL box. NUM4
  6. Click on Save-and-Return-to-Course.
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Adding a Small Image to your Course Homepage


Add a small image or banner to the front page of your Moodle course.

  1. Click the Turn Editing On button. NUM1
  2. Click on the Add a Resource drop-down menu in the specific module and select Insert a LabelNUM2
  3. In the Label text box click on the Insert/Edit Image (22-insert-image-icon) icon. NUM3
  4. In the Insert Moodle Media window click Find or upload an image… NUM4
  5. From the list of options on the left of the File picker, select Upload a File#5
  6. Select Browse… and locate the file on your computer. Click OK.
  7. Click on Upload this file.
  8. Enter an Image description.
  9. Click on insert
  10. Click on Save-and-Return-to-Course
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Adding a YouTube Video to your Course Homepage or Other Resource


 

The following steps use a Label to display a video on the homepage of your course. However, these steps can be used in any resource. For example, you may embed a video in a Discussion Forum with a prompt for student reaction.

  1. Click the Turn Editing On button. NUM1
  2. Click on the Add a Resource drop-down menu in the specific module and select Insert a LabelNUM2
  3. In the Label text box click on the Insert Moodle Media (22-insert-media-icon) icon. NUM3
  4. In the Insert Moodle Media window click Find or upload a sound, video or applet… NUM4
  5. From the left hand side of the File Picker click on YouTube VideosNUM5
  6. Search for the video in the Search Videos box. Click on the thumbnail of the video and click 22-SelectFileto confirm your choice.
  7. Click on insert in the Insert Moodle Media window.Note: you may drag and drop files to the ‘You can drag and drop files here to add them’ section if you feel comfortable doing so. Otherwise, please continue following these steps.
  8. Click on Save-and-Return-to-Course
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