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Every course begins as a basic shell, divided into labeled sections (in the default course format). You can change section titles and add items like descriptions, assignments, or readings specific to the section or class session.

There is also a General section at the top of each Moodle course you can similarly populate with things like the syllabus, announcements, or any welcome messages.

In order to make changes to your course page, however, you must first turn on editing capabilities.

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Turning on Editing Mode

Moodle edit mode toggle

In the upper right corner beside your avatar, turn the Edit mode toggle on.

When you're finished making edits to your course page, you can turn edit mode off.

Editing Icons for Sections, Activities, and Resources

After you enable editing, there will be an Add an activity or resource button at the bottom of each section in your course.

Hovering over an existing activity will give you the familiar four-arrow icon for movement. Click-and-drag to move the activity.

Each activity and section will have a vertical ellipses "" menu of actions you can perform.

Activity editing actions in Moodle

Edit settings lets you change an activity's description, due dates, grading, & many other configuration choices.

Move opens up a dialog menu with an outline of your course, letting you choose where to place the activity, while Move Right lets you indent activities giving them the appearance of being nested underneath the ones that precede them. If an activity is already indenting, there will be a Move Left option to un-indent it one level.

Hide will hide the activity from your students. You can hide items even if your course is visible to students, letting you progressively develop your course without your students seeing everything. Select Show to make a hidden activity visible again.

Duplicate lets you copy an activity.

Assign roles is for overriding a user's role in the context of a specific activity. This is an advanced tool and will very rarely be relevant.

Delete removes the activity from your course, Note that it will also delete all associated information, such as forum posts or assignment submissions, so be careful when deleting.

There is also a Highlight option in the ellipsis menu for sections. Note that, if you are using a weeks-based format, the section that covers the current week will be automatically highlighted.

Finally, there is a pencil icon next to each activity that lets you quickly edit its name from the course home page without entering its settings menu.

Hidden Elements

Moodle forum that is hidden from students

As mentioned above, you can hide sections, activities, and resources by using the Hide option. Any hidden object will always be visible to instructors of the course, but a Hidden from students label will display below the hidden element.

When you hide a section, all activities and resources within that section will also be hidden by default. You can also hide activities or resources individually.

At the very bottom of your course page, there will be plus + and minus - buttons for adding or removing sections.

If your course format is weekly, then each new section added will automatically be labeled with the next week's dates.

To remove a section, click it vertical ellipsis button and then Delete.

Note: If you remove a section that has activities inside it, those activities will be deleted along with the section. Move any activities you'd like to keep into other sections!

Editing Blocks

Blocks are boxes of content that you add to the right sidebar of your course page. Note that you may need to click the arrow icon in the upper right corner to open the sidebar.

When you're in editing mode, there is an Add a block button at the top of the right sidebar which presents you with a list of possible blocks you can add to your course. Note that some blocks can only be added once, so if one is missing from this list, it may be because it's already been added.

Gear Icon

Block's have a gear icon for their options analogous to the vertical ellipsis menu for activities.

Configure [block name] in the block menu will open its settings page.

Hide works the same as hiding activities; they will not be visible to students but still present in the class.

There are a variety of options related to roles and permissions that are advanced usage and will rarely be relevant.

Directional Arrow

Functioning the same way as for sections and activities, click and drag the directional arrow icon to move a block on your Moodle page. Note that blocks occupy their own column (the rightmost column on the course page), and while you can reorder blocks within that column, you cannot move blocks into another column.

Text Blocks

Most blocks have few configuration options relative to activities because they do one thing only. The Text block's configuration, however, provides a rich text description field where you can place any content you would normally put in a Moodle text area: formatted text, hyperlinks, images, even videos embedded with Panopto or other services. You can have an unlimited number of text blocks. The Resources block that comes as part of CCA's Moodle starter course is a Text block with links to many of our most popular and useful services.