Moodle Quick Start Instructions for Faculty

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Note: These Getting Started Instructions are linked from Moodle course shells.

  1. Turn Editing On to start building your course. Do this via the course administration menu (Gear icon, indicating settings menu) and select the Turn editing on drop-down option, as illustrated.white spaceIllustration Moodle "turn editing on" in course administration
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  2. If desired, you can edit your course and week/topic headings. Click on the edit drop-down menus.
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  3. Drag-and-drop files from your drive into desired week or topic area to add materials to your course. Then use the pencil shaped quick edit icon (illustration of Moodle quick edit pencil icon) to rename your file, if desired. Alternately, select Add an activity or resource to add content to this course.
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  4. Move items up and down with the arrow icons.
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  5. Illustration of "Switch role to..." optionSwitch your role to view your course as your students see it. Click on your icon (often a picture of yourself) next to your name in the upper right corner of your browser window. Select Switch role to…  the “registered student” role from the drop-down menu, as illustrated on the right.white space
  6. Once your course is ready for students, you need to make your course Visible. Go to the course administration menu (Gear icon, indicating settings menu) and select edit settings.
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  7. Change the visible setting to Show and then click the Save button.
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  8. For more information on building courses, see the Moodle Help Page.
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Note about Course Format:

There are two options for course layout. Your course now uses the Weekly Format. This format provides a different section for each week, and highlights the current week. By default, it also puts the dates for each week at the top of each section.

If you prefer, you can use a Topics format.  To switch to a topicsgo to the Course Administration setting > Edit Settingsdrop-down, as illustrated here.
Illustration of "edit settings" in course adminstration

For more information about selecting and changing a format, see Course Design and Settings.