Topic outline

  • Welcome

    Welcome to Basic Moodle Training

    This introductory course is designed to help you become familiar with the basic features of Moodle. You will enjoy using Moodle to share information with your classes, discuss topics, record grades, receive and assign assignments/tests/quizzes, and much more.

    Please note that this course includes "completion tracking" for your convenience. To the right of activities and resources you will see a box. You may check off the box to show that you have completed the activity or viewed the resource. I hope you enjoy this feature!

    Instructor:  Pam Jimison              Email:

    Phone:  ext. 2347 or SMS 916-337-5360

  • Topic 1: Introduction and 21st Century Learning

    Moodle is a learning management system. It has essential tools such as discussion forums, file sharing, gradebook, attendance, and much more. As a teacher, you are able to extend your course outside the confines of your classroom walls. 

    What is "21st century learning" and why do we need to be concerned with it? 21st century learning is generally described as certain core competencies that help students thrive in today's world such as collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and creativity. Please note that these skills do not replace skills students need to know in core subjects. As our perspectives of life have changed from the 20th to the 21st century, our curricular vision must fit the changing demands. As Christian educators, we need to weave together our foundational Christian school education with the new demands of the decade in order to reach the world for Christ.

    Van Brummelen (2009) states that educating students involves deliberately stimulating and developing their perceptions, insights, and abilities. We are reminded in Ephesians 4:1-16 that God calls us to use our unique talents in service to the whole Body. As we consider learners of the 21st century, we need to reach out to them in ways in which they can relate. Moodle helps connect teachers and learners in ways that will enrich and broaden their classroom experience.

  • Topic 2: Layout

    The first thing you will want to do is learn about the general layout of Moodle. Please watch this video:

    Resource:  Basic editing

  • Topic 3: Editing My Profile

    Now that you understand the basic layout, you are ready to update your own profile. This is important so that students know how to reach you. This also determines how you receive email - and how often! As you consider your profile, please have a photo in .jpg form that you can upload to your own profile. It is nice to match a name with a face.

  • Topic 4: What You See is What You Get Editor

    Creating your Moodle page is easy! WYSIWYG means: What you see is what you get! You may type directly into the editor just as you would type into a Word document. Adding pictures, changing font size, etc. is quick and easy.

    • Topic 5: Editing Your Outline

      Begin thinking about your course weeks/modules. You will now be organizing your course into Moodle. It will help if you have it planned out on paper first. However, if at any time you need to reorganize your course, it is as easy as drag and drop!

      • Topic 6: Private Files/Adding a Resource or Activity

        Using My Private Files

        You may store some of your private files in your own file storage area. They are accessible to you on any computer. Please note that there is a 100 mg limit. To upload a file:

        • Click "My Home"
        • Click "My Private File"
        • Click "Manage my private files"
        • Click "Add"
        • Upload, browse your computer for the file, choose, and upload
        Remember that Google Drive is an excellent place to store documents. You can access them from any computer. If you need help in this area, please contact Pam at

        Adding a Resource or Activity

        Resources: files, pages, links to websites, etc. These are resources that you would like a student to view, click, or download.

        Activity: something a student does such as an assignment, chat, quiz, turnitin, etc.

        Important Note: When you add resources and activities, they will "congregate" at the bottom of your block. In order to group them, you may create a "label" by clicking add a resource. Name the label, and then you may place items underneath it. For example, you may want a label that states "Student Resources" and place any files you want students to read underneath that tag. Please see the end of this block/module for an example.

        You may also restrict access to activities. 

        Please click the folder below if you would like to read more about editing your course. 

        • Topic 7: Tools to Promote Community

          Be Connected to Your Students

          Moodle allows many ways to stay connected to students outside of the classroom. Creating relationships is vital. Philippians 2:1-5 states

          Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

          In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

          Use the tools on Moodle to help build and maintain, discussion forums, and chat. Often times discussion forums can be used not only as assignments, but ways to give the quieter student an outlet for sharing. For further information on using a discussion board, please click on these links:

          Using Online Discussion Boards to Enhance Learning

          Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation

          Generating and Facilitating Engaging and Effective Online Discussions

        • Topic 8: Tools to Promote Practice & Access Learning

          Your Moodle course will be the area where students may turn in all assignments. As an instructor, you decide how you want this to happen. Students may type directly into Moodle for an assignment, attach a file/paper/activity, or participate in a graded offline activity such as participation points in class.

          Online Text Assignment:  allows the student to type directly into Moodle for the assignment.

          Advanced File Upload:  allows students to upload multiple files (ex. PowerPoint, research paper, and photos)

          Single File Upload: allows the students to upload one file per assignment

          Offline Activity:  Allows you to grade students for completing an activity offline suc as participation grade in class, during an online session, pariticipating in a chat session, or discussion board forum.

          Steps to take:

          • Click navigation block
          • Choose your course
          • Turn editing on
          • Go to the unit outline
          • Press add activity

        • Topic 9: Gradebook and Reports

          Our final course overview topic is Gradebook and Reports. Please note that as you have entered student activities into your course, the activities have generated themselves automatically into the gradebook. Let's look at some gradebook basics:

          Here is a short clip on how to aggregate only non-empty grades:

          Would you like to create a rubric to use and save for future use? Please view this video:

          One final note about entering grades: If a student does not complete an assignment and you do not enter a grade, the points will not be factored into the grading. In order to have the points be factored as an assignment, you will need to enter a score of "0" points.

        • Mini Training Sessions

          Here are a few of the mini-training sessions that have been recorded in the past. You will enjoy them!

          Mini Training Sessions