Reset your course/s to remove old student data and enrolments

You can then modify the content of your course to reflect any changes in curriculum.

Please note: If you run a course that stretches over 2 years or more, then you probably shouldn’t reset your course. If you are unsure about what to do, please contact me before resetting your course.

Resetting your course will unenrol all existing students and remove all the student data from your course ( e.g. forum posts), but will leave the resources and activities in place for your new cohort to use.

To reset your course, do the following:

  1. Go into the course you wish to reset.
  2. In the ‘Administration Block’, under ‘Course Administration’ heading, click on “Reset”.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Select default” button. ( if you are unsure about the settings or if you have any queries about the default, please contact ILT)
  4. Scroll to the bottom again and click the “Reset course” button to start the reset process.
  5. Click “Continue” to return to your course home page.

Your Moodle course has now been reset.

Course Format

Does your Moodle course looks different since the update?

Moodle pages that used to display the Onetopic course format have temporarily reverted to displaying all resources in a long list. Until Onetopic format is reinstated, you can display your page/s using Collapsed* or grid format if you prefer. They have a clean, more modern appearance and load up onto the page faster. To do this go to:

  • Administration
  • Edit Settings
  • Course format
  • Format

Remember to check the Number of sections is correct and set Elements to no additions if using collapsed format.

NB some sections may show as “orphaned” in which case,  you need to increase the Number of sections in Administration/Edit Settings.

*To see an example of a collapsed topic page, click here

Book                                                              Book

Does your page have lots of information that you want learners to read?  

  • Display information in “chapters” within a book
  • Your page will look neater and more professional
  • Reduce scrolling
  • Improve Moodle’s response time

Click this link then FAQ to see Book in action



Insert content pages of information, links, pictures and short videos.

  • Follow content pages with quiz questions within the lesson.
  • Guide learners’ activity; wrong answers return the learner to a previous page to re-read and re-attempt the exercise.
  • Quiz questions within Lesson act like Moodle Quiz – they’re self-marking and can be saved as a spreadsheet.
  • Make this a Blended Learning activity – set it as homework or for Distance Learning then use class time to discuss the lesson.


Subpage                                     Subpage 

Use this to organise your Moodle page

  • Either move existing resources into a subpage to tidy your Moodle page or add new resources into it.
  • Add sections to the same subpage to categorise content.

This will

  • Speed up the loading time of your Moodle page.
  • Enhance your learners’ online learning experience by displaying resources logically and tidily

moodle-180x180 2 Moodle                                             Quiz                                       

Use Moodle in a more interactive way…

  • • Moodle quiz marks students’ work – no need to grade piles of papers.
    • Flip learning – gathers feedback from students after they access activities via Moodle.
    • Use to reinforce and revise learning.
    • Save the results in a spreadsheet.

No time? Send me your questions and I’ll create a quiz for you then show you how it works.


Do you have lots of individual files on your page?

You can tidy your page with a folder which displays your files with one click            folder


  • Save upload time
  • Preview files to find the one you need
  • Editing options on screen when you (teacher) open the folder
  • A neater page – no long list of links to scroll through
  • Improves Moodle’s response time
  • Order your resources more logically for your students to navigate

Instead of lots of individual links you could have one link which opens as a folder

feedback-180x180v 2                                             Comments

  • Teachers and students can leave messages on the side of your Moodle page.
  • Students can use this to leave comments on the course or resources.
  • Use on secondary pages – when a student opens a Moodle resource the comments relate to that resource.

team-work-180x180 2 moodle forum                                           Forum

 Allow your students to feedback on your resources

  • Send posts to students through a link on your Moodle page.
  • Students reply to your posts on Moodle.
  • Ask students to feedback on Moodle activities using the link.
  • Students can upload small videos, documents and photos to posts.

Moodle Page 40                                       Page

  • Have you got several paragraphs and images on Moodle that take up a lot of room?
  • The “Page” activity is a single link that opens as another page displaying your text and images.

Look for it under add an activity or resource

  • Display text and images that otherwise occupies a large area on the Moodle page.
  • Display several website links.


  • Your page will look neater.
  • Reduce scrolling.
  • Improve Moodle’s response time.
  • List multiple website links.

Vetlogic                   Have you seen the Vetlogic Moodle page?

The resources are listed by systems of the body, with lots of information supported by images, videos and quizzes.

Click here to access the page. To direct your students to the page, ask them to enter Vetlogic into the find courses box on Moodle. You could add a shortcut to Vetlogic from your Moodle page.

Kaltura                                                       Kaltura                                                                                                     

Have you seen Derby College’s media storage space, accessible from the staff portal?

  • Upload video footage to your storage area in Kaltura
  • Organise videos into channels
  • Allow others to view channels
  • Link to footage from Moodle.

You can also record straight into Kaltura, as well as using Kaltura to record using a webcam, and capture screen recordings

SMARTBoard                                                                            smartboards 2

  • Annotate your work on the board.
  • Create Notebooks on your PC to use in class.
  • Create Notebooks during lesson.
  • Upload Notebooks to your Moodle page.
  • Use interactive activities and games in Notebook.

Do you need to brush up on Moodlemoodle-180x180 2 Moodle

Would you like to learn some new features?

  • Get in touch with me to arrange a time to meet up.
  • I’m at Broomfield from Mondays to Thursdays.

Moodle Glossary

  • Teachers can upload definitions to this link.
  • Participants can create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary.
  • Add images, links or documents.
  • Learners can upload their own definitions.
  • Search alphabetically, by category, date or author.
  • Entries can be approved by default or require approval by a teacher before they are viewable by everyone.
  • Learners and teachers can comment on and rate entries. Aggregate ratings to form a final grade, recorded in the gradebook.
  • Glossaries have many uses, such as

    • A collaborative bank of key terms
    • A ‘getting to know you’ space where new students add their name and personal details
    • A ‘handy tips’ resource of best practice in a practical subject
    • A sharing area of useful videos, images or sound files
    • A revision resource of facts to remember

Moodle glossary

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