Create a Moodle Course 

Build your Moodle course to support your learning outcomes and allow enrolled students central access to your course materials, linked resources, learning activities and assignments. Be sure to have your course map and all course materials prepared before you get started

On this page we will walk you step-by-step through the basic components of setting up your page. There are some videos embedded in the page and links to other videos so you can learn at your own pace. Additionally you can get hands on experience by exploring the Moodle demo site called Mount Orange School. 

Note: This site was written for faculty and doesn’t cover the system administration aspects of Moodle. If you do not have access to a Moodle shell contact your systems administrator to create or copy one for you.

STEP 1: Moodle Course Settings

Start with a blank Moodle course shell and configure your course layout and any desired settings.  Go to the course. Select "Settings" at the top of the course page. Review settings and make sure they support your goals. Here are some recommendations: 

Note: Keep in mind that some Moodle applications (i.e., attendance) will not work until the course has "started". 

STEP 2: Set up your Moodle Gradebook

If you are new to Moodle or teaching, I highly recommend you watch Moodle gradebook essentials for everyone, a free webinar by Ryan Hazen. He reviews the basic components of the gradebook and provides insights on how to use it to reinforce what the students should be learning rather than just covering chapters or doing homework. He further explains by using backward design the grade book can actually inform the student every time they look at their grades what their objectives are in the course.

First let's get familiar with how the gradebook functions. Navigate to your gradebook by selecting the Grades tab in your Moodle shell. A drop down menu allows access to the various reports and settings

Setting up your Gradebook

Anatomy of a Gradebook


By default Moodle uses the natural aggregation method for calculating grades.

Access Gradebook Reports

Navigate to the gradebook and use the dropdown menu to access your reports. You can export the data in PDF, CSV or Excel format. Some commonly used reports are: 

For in-depth information on the mechanics of how the Gradebook works, consult 

Moodledocs Grading quick guide or watch videos on the How to ...  page.

STEP 3: Add Course Materials

Incorporate best practices for online course design and facilitation. You can add content to your course by Selecting "Edit" (upper right in Moodle 4.0) then selecting "Add Activity or Resource" (bottom of any section). Here are some considerations: 

Course Copier

You can also add course materials by copying content from a Moodle Course Shell by using Course Copier.  

To copy the content from another Moodle space (a previous course or file) into your new Moodle shell, select the desired course from the drop-down menu. Only course content (no student data) will be copied over.

Note: Work with your Moodle Site Administrator to create or copy a Moodle shell. It may take up to an hour for a new Moodle shell to be created, and using the Course Copier may increase the time required, depending on the size of the class and how many courses are currently also being copied by other instructors.

Other considerations 

Cool Tone - No make-up exams will be allowed without documentation of illness, death in the family or other suitably traumatic event.

Warm Tone - Illnesses, death in the family or other traumatic events unfortunately are part of life. A make-up exam will be given if you contact me within 24 hours and provide documentation.

Find details and videos on how to add or edit activities and resources on the How to... page.