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Editing content

The Editing function within Moodle allows you to edit content and organize the units and activities within your course. To change or update your course you need to be in editing mode, which means you have to turn editing on.

Enter editing mode by clicking the Gear Icon located in the upper right part of the screen, then click on Turn editing on from the drop down menu.

Edit Options

Once you have turned editing on, existing resources and activities display a dropdown menu with the following options:

This icon is a 3-way toggle switch and indicates the resource/activity group mode. Click it to cycle through the settings:

  •  No Groups
  • Groups
  • Visible Groups

Edit settings - opens the settings window where you can edit the activity or resource.

Move right - indents the resource or activity to the right; if the activity is already indented, a move left icon appears.

Hide - this option means that the activity/resource is currently visible to students; choosing it will hide the activity from student view.

Show - this means the activity is currently hidden from student view; choosing it will make it visible to students.

Duplicate - choose duplicate to make a copy of the resource/activity. You will be able to edit the duplicated item.

Assign roles - this option enables you to change the permission of the resource/activity.

Delete - choosing this option will remove the resource/activity from the course. Note: A warning message will appear when you attempt to delete content.

Edit title

Clicking on the icon next to an activity or resource title allows you to edit the title without opening edit settings.

Question marks

help question mark As you navigate around Moodle you will find question marks next to settings and other tools. Click on the question mark to find out more information.

Add an activity or resource

Clicking add an activity or resource opens this menu.  To see a description of an activity or resource, click on the radio button next to the activity or resource. Click Add at the bottom of the menu when you are ready to add the selected activity or resource to your course.

Note: Whenever you add a resource or activity to a section, it will appear at the bottom of the section block. To move it, grab the move icon move up-down next to the item and move it to a new location in the course.

Text Editor

The text editor has many icons to assist the user in entering content.

Many of these icons and functions will be similar to using a word processor. The text editor is used to edit content in resources and activities.

Insert table

When you click on the insert table button in the text editor, there will be a number of options to configure when creating a new table. There are at least four basic settings that you will want to consider when creating a table:

  • Caption: the title of your table
  • Caption position: where on the table your caption will appear (top or bottom)
  • Define headers on: which axis of the table will appear bolded
  • Number of columns: The number of columns in the table
  • Number of rows: The number of rows in the the table

Upload File Using Drag & Drop And File Picker

Uploading files

When you want to upload a file to a resource or activity that accepts file uploads you have the option to use drag and drop or the File picker. Usually the file is copied into Moodle from wherever you have chosen it (e.g., a repository or your computer).

If the file is accessible from your desktop, you can simply drag and drop it into the rectangular box and then click the save button.

If you do not want to drag and drop a file you can open the File picker by clicking on the Add icon shown in the image above.

After clicking the Add button the File picker screen appears. There are a number of links listed down the side. These are links to Repositories that hold files you may want to use. The most common repositories in use are Server files and Private files, but there could be additional repositories depending on where in the course you are accessing the File picker. There is also an Upload a file link, which you would click on to upload a file located on your computer.

Recent files

This takes you to other areas of Moodle where files have been uploaded and to which you have access. You will only see files and folders for the courses you have permission to access.

To select a file, navigate to the file, click on the file, and click the Select this file button.

Private files

This is a private file storage area for each user. You can add frequently used files to your Private files and then use them in more than one course in Moodle. To select a private file, click on the file and then click on the Select this file button.

To add, delete, download, move, or update files in your private file area, click on the settings button that looks like a gear:

Clicking the settings button will take you to the usual upload file window. From here you can upload a file or you can click on a file to download, delete, rename, move, or update it:

Creating an alias/shortcut

When an uploaded file (or a file from the Private files or other installed repository) is re-used elsewhere on Moodle, you have the option to make a copy (a new, unconnected version) or to create a shortcut or alias. If an alias is created, then when the original file is updated, it will change in all instances of the alias. So you might add a file called 'course notes' to your private files, for example, and then add the file into a number of courses. When you make a change in the 'course notes' file in your private files, this change will be reflected in all instances of the course notes.

An alias can be recognized by its thumbnail. See the difference in the screenshot below between a file alias on the left and a regular file on the right:

Organizing the sections

In Edit mode, you can re-arrange the sequence of your course, resources and activities by using the move icon next to each item.

To begin, you need to be in Edit mode. Click Turn editing on.

Move an Activity or Resource within a section or to a new course section

Drag a resource or activity using the  tool to shift the activity or resource up or down within this section or to a different section in the course.

Move your mouse pointer over the move icon next to the item you want to move, the pointer changes into the move icon which you can use to drag the item to a new location.

Working with sections/topics

Activities and resources are located in sections in your course. Course sections can be moved within the course, which will re-order the sections. When you move a section all of the content within it moves to the new location. Each course section has a default name, Week 1, Week 2, etc.. Section names can be renamed by clicking Edit and then Edit topic as shown below:

When you move a section, the name changes to match the new destination. For example, if you move Week 4 above Week 2, Week 4 will now be called Week 2, Week 2 becomes Week 3, and Week 3 becomes Week 4, etc. Note: if you have renamed a section, the title will not change if it is moved to a new location in the course.

Sections can be hidden from student view or highlighted by clicking on Highlight or Hide topic in the Edit menu.