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Moodle Help Guide

Course Organization Options

For each of your course sites, you can choose to organize the course outline with a weekly format, or a topics format.

  • With the default weekly format, your course will automatically have a section for each week of the term. Relevant readings, assignments, etc. can be placed together within each week's section.
  • Switching to a topics format offers more flexibility about how to group your materials. You can group them by theme or topic, or group them by type of activity (readings, forums, assignments, etc.) No matter which way you choose to organize your course, make sure you make it easy for students to relate the different modules of the course to the overall schedule for the term.

No matter which format you use, you can re-title the sections by clicking on the pencil icon to the right of the current title when editing is turned on.

To change from weekly format to topics format, or vice versa:

  1. Click on "Edit Settings" under the Gear Icon (to the right of the course title)
  2. Scroll down to and click on the "Course Format" section.  In the list of options that appears, find and click on the "Format" drop-down menu to select the course format that you'd like.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Save Changes"

Adding Resources and Activities

If you're new to Moodle, it may not be immediately clear to you how to add resources or set up coursework. To get started with the activity selector, view the quick video below:

Moving, Renaming, Hiding and Restricting Access to Individual Items

Moving Items: To move any item in your course, first turn on editing in the upper left corner, and then use the crosshairs icon to the left of the title of the item to drag and drop it to the correct location.

Renaming Items: To rename an item, first turn on editing in the upper left corner, and use the pencil item to the right of the title of the item to rename it. You may occasionally have to explicitly save your changes, depending on what you are editing.

Hiding Items: To hide an item, first turn on editing in the upper left corner. Click on "Edit" to the right of the title of the item, and choose "Hide" from the dropdown menu.  The title of the item will be colored a lighter grey, and you'll see a label that says "Hidden from Students".

Restricting Access to Items: You can also restrict access to items depending on certain factors, including a delay by date or time, student group membership, student name, or course completion progress.  To set up an access restriction, first turn on editing in the upper left corner. Click on "Edit" to the right of the title of the item, then choose "Edit Settings" from the dropdown menu.  On the settings page, scroll down to the "Restrict Access" section, and use the "Add Restriction" prompt to set up the appropriate conditions.

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