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Adding Activities & Resources

Activities and resources are the prime substance of a Moodle course. These course elements provide methods of exchanging information between the instructor and student. 

One of the significant changes you will observe is that the resource and activity pull down menus have now been combined in to a single selection menu. In Moodle, clicking the link below will open a new window detailing the activities and resources available.  Selecting a particular radio button will display a summary of the activity or resource. Double clicking the resource or activity will add it to a course.

The activity and resources pull-down menus have been replaced by a link to both.

    Common Activities


New in Moodle 2.5 - Assignments are created differently

Assignment creation details are now organized in one panel. Note that the submission types now available include: Online text; File submissions; and Submission comments. You may choose  both File submissions and Online text, for example, to give students multiple submission options. 

Checking Submission comments allows students to leave comments on their own submission(s). 

Offline activity is no longer available  (there are other methods to reproduce this assignment type). 

Submission Statements;;;;;;


The forum tool is a flexible activity that documents conversation on specific topics. There are several set-up options that govern both contextual display and conversation style:
  • A single simple discussion 
  • Each person posts one discussion 
  • Q and A forum 
  • Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format 
  • Standard forum for general use 

A forum can be used to ask students to weigh in on a particular question, topic or problem. Students can respond to posts, creating a "threaded" record of the discussion.


New in Moodle 2.5 - Essay has been added as a new quiz type. This allows students to write at length on a particular subject and must be manually graded.

The quiz activity enables an instructor to create quizzes comprising questions of various types. Questions must first be created before the quiz activity may be used. The question type (true false, multiple choice, etc.) is determined when the question is created. 

Choose Questions.

Choose Create a new question...

Then select the question type. Choose Next to supply options and define the question itself.

The instructor 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.

Each attempt is marked automatically, with the exception of essay questions, and the grade is recorded in the gradebook.

The instructor can choose when and if hints, feedback and correct answers are shown to students.


A wiki is an encyclopedic module. Terms and concepts can be defined much like a traditional encyclopedia. Cross-references within the wiki allow topics to be linked. The Moodle Wiki module provides options for using HTML, Creole and NWiki mark-up. These mark-up schemes are used to delineate content, highlight links and format text.

 A Wiki can be collaborative or individual. By choosing individual, each participant can generate their own encyclopedia. A collaborative wiki pools the efforts of the entire roster to create a knowledge base.

Less-frequently Used Activities

This tool creates a subject oriented chat room - a synchronous text-based communication method which emulates a spoken conversation.


This tool creates a question / response activity.

Enter a brief description or title.

Introduction text
The introduction text should contain the question that you want your students to answer.

Enabling this option allows you to limit the number of students who can select a particular choice. When that number has been reached, no one else can select that choice.

If you check this box but don't add a number, your students won't be able to select any choices.

Specify options that students have to choose from. They will become radio buttons when the choice is saved.


Create a simple yet useful database for datum. First define the title and description and any applicable options.

Click Save and Display at the bottom of the page. Once open, you can define fields, display templates and other organizational features. A good way to collate data from multiple students.

External Tool

The external tool is an activity module supporting LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability). It is similar to SCORM as a standard for educational objects, but instead of being a package of content that is uploaded to Moodle, LTI is a way of integrating the functionality provided by another system into your course. Please note that this feature is not well supported.


The glossary tool can be used to document terms, concepts and definitions. This tool also has the capability to automatically link terms to glossary entries. Multiple display types are available:
Simple, dictionary style - No authors are displayed and attachments are shown as links

Continuous without author
Entries are displayed one after another without any separation apart from the editing icons

Full with author
A forum-like display format showing the author's data and with attachments shown as links

Full without author
A forum-like display format without authors and with attachments shown as links

As for "Full with author" but attached images are shown inline

Entry list
Concepts are listed as links

The words QUESTION and ANSWER are appended to the concept and definition respectively

Note: The default glossary type is set to 'secondary glossary'. This is advised for most courses.


A lesson is an interactive tool for testing knowledge or providing an asynchronous lecture-type presentation using documents. A lesson can feature a question / answer component, display a PowerPoint presentation, a content page or a question page.

Lessons can be timed. Integrated grading is available.

SCORM package

SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) is a collection of specifications that enable interoperability, accessibility and reusability of web-based learning content. SCORM content can be delivered to learners via any SCORM-compliant Learning Management System (LMS) using the same version of SCORM.

SCORM 1.2 is supported in Moodle 2 but SCORM 2004 is not.


The Survey module queries student perceptions regarding their learning experiences in the target course. This module is not for creating surveys. The questions are pre-defined. Guests are not allowed to submit survey results.

There are three survey types:

Attitudes to Thinking and Learning Survey (ATTLS)
For measuring the extent to which a person is a 'connected knower' (tends to find learning more enjoyable, and is often more cooperative, congenial and more willing to build on the ideas of others) or a 'separate knower' (tends to take a more critical and argumentative stance to learning)

Critical incidents survey

Constructivist On-line Learning Environment Survey (COLLES)
For monitoring the extent to which the interactive capacity of the World Wide Web may be exploited for engaging students in dynamic learning practices.


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