How to Set Up a Moodle Site

Just like any other softwares, you need to know how to set up a Moodle site if you deal with e-learning. Moodle or a Moodle site is basically an online learning platform. It is the acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It is a free online e-learning software that is basically termed as a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or a Learning Management System.

How to Set Up a Moodle Site

It is easy to set up a Moodle course or site that will offer learning information to students.

• Request for a Moodle Site/Course

If you are in an institution, you will need to request the admin panel for a course, which is normally available each semester. You must be a primary instructor for you to qualify for a Moodle course.

• Log in to the system

Having received a notification that the course you requested is ready, you will log into Moodle and log in using the ID and Password of your account given in your institution or business. The home page of Moodle will alter in order to give out the announcements at the center of the page while the left side will be the navigation panel.

• Edit Your Configurations

Every user has a profile page in Moodle, which is flexible in letting you manage the way it will notify you on email notifications. You can upload a picture for your profile that will appear when you post content in Moodle. Navigate to the Settings panel and Click on My profile Settings, then Edit Profile if you want to change anything.

• Find Your Course

In your Moodle account, at the top-left of the home page, there is the My Courses section which contains all the available courses. To open a course, you will need to click a course link. New courses are usually hidden to students, but an instructor can view them by clicking on Show hidden courses.

• Customize the Course Settings

Having opened the new course, it will have a default theme, have default sections in the page and use a Collapsed topics plan. You will need to configure it according to your likes by navigating to Settings, then select Course Administration then Edit Settings.

• Edit Your Course Page and Section Names

You will need to click on Turn Edit On in order to work on your course. Here, you will be able to add Activities, Resources, add Blocks or remove them or rearrange content on your course page. Small icons will appear on the page if the Edit is on, which will allow you to edit your course items.

For the Section Names, they will be named in Topic Numbers depending on the format chosen in the course Settings. Click on the update icon at the top-left of the page to give your section a relevant name.

• Add Resources

Turn Edit on for you to add resources, then navigate to the Sections that you need to place your resources. Click on Add Activity at the bottom right then select a resource from the right screen that has links for further details. Click on Add when you have selected and then on Save to complete the process.

You can drag-drop files with the use of the Drag and Drop option. To edit an uploaded resource, you click on the Update icon or rename it by clicking on the Edit icon. You can also move a resource up or down by using the move/drag icon.

• Add Activities

These are interactive tools which can be used by an instructor to connect students in learning and monitor their progress in the system. Some of the Activities tools that enhance the learning process are Assignments, Quizzes, Database, Glossary and Forums.

In order to add an activity to your Moodle site, you will have to activate the Edit option by clicking on Turn editing on. Then navigate to the Section that you need to include your activity and click on Add an Activity or Resource at the bottom right of the page. When you choose your desired activity, a description will pop at the right side that has links to assist you with any problem. When you select the activity and click on Add, a page will open that lets you customize the settings then finish by clicking on Save.

You can edit the added activity by clicking on the Update icon and you can list them accordingly by moving them using the Move icon. There are some activities like Glossaries, Databases, Quizzes and Attendance which need further setup from the activity panel. To do so, you will click on the link in order to open the Activity and not the Update icon.

• Set-up Blocks

Blocks help in managing the course and the student activities on the site. For you to change the blocks that appear in the course been designed, and where they should appear, you will first need to click on Turn on Editing.

To add a new block, you will need to use the Add a Block button. It is on the drop-down menu at the bottom right of the page.

To remove a block, click on the X icon that is in the Heading of the given block. Place your cursor over the block Heading in order to rearrange the blocks. You will then simply move the block to a position that you desire.

• Make it Available

Having completed the site entirely, the last on how to set up a Moodle site is by publishing it. Once you have all the Moodle courses created in your site, you will need to publish them to the students since they are still hidden. Many of learning institutions release courses to their students 3 days before the classes can start. If therefore you have requested a course past the release date, you will be forced to release it by yourself.

If you’re wondering how to setup a Moodle Site, it’s easy if you follow the steps and arrange the content systematically in order to come up with a comprehensive learning tool.

Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.