Moodle Basics

What is Moodle?

Moodle is a course management system that allows faculty and students to interact outside the classroom via the web. Moodle is easy to use and can incorporate course materials in a variety of formats: PowerPoint presentations, Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, video/audio clips as well as HTML documents. In addition to downloading course materials, students can use Moodle to e-mail and participate in discussion boards. Students can take online quizzes, check grades, and collaborate online.

On this page, you will find many video tutorials and links to useful tips for managing your Moodle course.

As you know we upgraded to a newer version (3.2) and there are some changes in navigating Moodle that you need to know. Please watch this short video to familiarize yourself with the interface.

Click here for an instructor 101 Moodle course. You will have to login to our Moodle.

Click here for an instructor advanced 201 Moodle course. You will have to login to our Moodle.

Q: How do I login to Moodle?

A: Go to and use your Agnes Scott user ID and password to log in. If you have forgotten the password, you may be able to reset it using the Password Change Utility.

Q: Who do a I call or email if I have a question or need help with Moodle?

A: Please contact the help desk at ext. 5487 or email

Q: Why don’t I see some of my courses?

A: There are a few reasons why you may not see a course or courses.

If you’re a student:

  • Your professor may not be using Moodle or your professor hasn’t yet made the site available to her students.
  • Or, you are not enrolled in the course. If you recently added the course, Moodle will list your course about 24 hours after the Registrar’s office enrolled you in the course.

If you’re a faculty member:

  • You may not be listed as the instructor of record. Contact the Registrar’s office to ensure you’re listed as the instructor of record.
  • If your students mention they’re unable to see a course you’re teaching, it’s likely you need to make your Moodle course site visible.

Q: What classes are using Moodle?

A: A Moodle course site is created for all academic courses each of which is created hidden. It is up to the discretion of the instructor if they use Moodle for their courses.

Q: I’ve just added a course that uses Moodle; how long before I have access to it?

A: Drop/adds will be processed in the system within 24 hours of being submitted to the Registrar’s office. Once you are in the Registrar’s system your course will appear in Moodle after 3 a.m. the following day.

Q: How do I find my courses?

A: You can find your current and upcoming courses listed by semester in the Filtered Course list block found on the Moodle home page. You can also see all of your courses listed in the Course Overview block, also found on the Moodle home page by clicking on “Dashboard.“

Q: How do I add my profile picture?

A: Go to the “Editing your Moodle Profile video  for instructions on how to update your profile picture.

Q: Can I update my name and email address?

A: The fields First name, Last name, Email address are based on your Agnes Scott NetID, so these values match the values stored in AscAgnes. If any of these fields are inaccurate, students should contact the Registrar.

Q: How can I get more help?

A: Contact the Help Desk at or (40) 471-5487.

Q. When will fall and spring Moodle courses be available 

A: Fall courses will be available by the first week of August. Spring courses are available by the second week of January.

Course Structure

Edit Icons 

Uploading documents and adding links are two of the basic uses of Moodle. Below are two videos that will show you how.

Uploading documents and images

Inserting links

The flexibility inherent in Moodle allows for a teacher to become comfortable with building course content at their own pace.  Moodle offers a number of activities and resources for the teacher and multiple ways to incorporate content.  Usually, an activity is something that a student will do that interacts with other students and or the teacher – like participating in a forum, taking a survey, or adding to a glossary.  In contrast, a resource is something that supports learning – like a book, a URL, or a file.

How to create a survey

How to create a glossary

How to create a lesson
How to create a book 

The assignment activity module enables a teacher to communicate tasks, collect work, and provide grades and feedback.

Students can submit any digital content (files), such as word-processed documents, spreadsheets, images, or audio and video clips. Alternatively, or in addition, the assignment may require students to type text directly into the text editor.

When reviewing assignments, teachers can leave feedback comments and upload files, such as marked-up student submissions, documents with comments or spoken audio feedback.

Creating an Assignment

Grading an Assignment

Creating a Group Assignment

Moodle’s gradebook is a powerful tool for sharing grades and feedback with students and calculating  grades. The gradebook provides several different options for how to calculate and display grades. You may configure your gradebook before the start of the semester or build it as you teach.

Creating Categories and Items

How to Create Categories and Items

Aggregation Methods – How to Calculate Your Grades

The quiz activity enables a teacher to create quizzes comprising questions of various types, including multiple choice, matching, short-answer and numerical. The teacher can allow the quiz to be attempted multiple times, with the questions shuffled or randomly selected from the question bank. A time limit may be set.

Click here the Quick Quiz Guide

Creating quizzes using the Moodle quiz editor

Creating a quiz for Moodle with a text editor (much faster than the above)

Results & Reports

The forum activity module enables participants to have asynchronous discussions i.e. discussions that take place over an extended period of time.

There are several forum types to choose from, such as a standard forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time; a forum where each student can post exactly one discussion; or a question and answer forum where students must first post before being able to view other students’ posts. A teacher can allow files to be attached to forum posts. Attached images are displayed in the forum post.


Attendance is designed for teachers to be able take attendance during class, and for students to be able to view their own attendance record.

A teacher can mark the attendance status of a student as “Present”, “Absent”, “Late”, or “Excused”. These status descriptions are configurable, and more can be added. The teacher adds Attendance as an activity of a course, and then sets up the sessions whose attendance is to be tracked.

The Attendance activity can generate reports for either the entire class or for individual students. Students may also see their own attendance record if the activity is not hidden.

The course Import feature allows a user the ability to directly pull content from any other active course on their site, saving the instructor the time required to recreate this content from scratch.

The Importing Process

By default courses are hidden from student view to allow instructors to populate the course with content. This short video will show you how to make your course visible to students.

It is also a good idea to make the course hidden from view after the semester is over.