Moodle app

Have you told your students about the Moodle app? It’s free and allows them to access their course materials on the go.

When the student opens the app they need to enter the URL the app

 Enrolment Keys

Its soon time to enrol your students onto your Moodle pages! Here’s a reminder of where to look up the enrolment key for your page. Now that Moodle has been updated, the administration area looks slightly different.

  • Click the cogs to the left of the green button at the top
  • Click Enrolment methods on the right-hand side
  • Then the cog to the right of Self-enrolment (Student)
  • Click the eye icon to the right of Enrolment key to reveal the enrolment key

and the 3E Framework
Enhance Extend Empower

Some great ideas on how to use Moodle to effectively support learning, teaching and assessment.

Moodle and the 3E Framework

Click Here

(Big Blue Button is not available on Moodle @ Derby College)


Moodle will be upgraded to version 3.4 in July

Check out the new features – (video link)



Would you like to easily assess learners’ formative and/or summative knowledge using questions with specified answers?

Moodle’s powerful quiz feature enables you to do this by designing and building quizzes with a large variety of question types, including multiple choice, true-false, short answer and drag and drop images and text.

Moodle quizzes can be time-limited and configured to allow multiple or single attempts. Each attempt at a question can be automatically marked, and the teacher can choose whether to give feedback and/or show the correct answer.

Reuse them in a later quiz in the same course or in a different quiz.


click here to play the video


Give your students the opportunity to vote in their Moodle courses with the CHOICE activity.

Would you like to see how your students are progressing?
Or to gauge their opinions and needs?
You can at a glance with the choice activity!

The choice activity enables teachers to set up voting options with a radio/option button. A student can then choose a particular option.

The feature can be used in multiple ways; from facilitating student decision making, to testing a student’s understanding of a subject, or to take a poll to get students thinking.

How do you add a choice to your Moodle site?

Moodle Choice

Click here to see how to use Choice


Feedback Questionnaire

Moodle feedback questionnaireIt is important to allow your students to provide feedback at the end of a module or/and at the end of the course.

The Questionnaire activity in Moodle allows you to easily create and conduct surveys to collect feedback from students.

With the Moodle questionnaire, you can create questionnaire template that you can reuse in several modules or courses.


Turnitin: Improve Writing, Prevent Plagiarism


Feedback Studio is the simplified, intuitive new Turnitin interface, designed to make online assessment even easier!


Moodle Wiki

As you may already know, wikis are collaboratively created and edited. You can use a wiki in Moodle to help your learners build their knowledge together when they are working on a group project, contributing to research or writing a group essay.

Educators can also use a wiki in Moodle to plan a scheme of work, meeting or agenda.

Wikis in Moodle do not have to be used solely for group work.
Individual wikis can act as a personal journal for examination notes.

So how do you add a wiki to your Moodle site?


Click here to play the video


Making your Learning Content Interactive Using H5P

Create, share and reuse interactive HTML5 content in your Moodle course.

H5P empowers everyone to create rich and interactive web experiences more efficiently.

There are numerous features available through H5P: quizzes, presentations, drag and drop, flashcard … etc…and also the ability to embed a video from Youtube into your course page and then add in questions and overlay information on top of the video. This allows a lecturer to insert “engagement points” on the videos to check a student’s understanding or to supplement the content in the videos.

H5P content is responsive and mobile friendly, which means that users will experience the same rich, interactive content on computers, smartphones and tablets alike.


What our students think   Moodle

“It’s really useful! “

“ I like Moodle. The website is easy to navigate and I can find out more about my courses in a click of a finger. .…Moodle keeps me up to date with events and news at different centres and advertises work experience and seasonal jobs. Being able to have my own student email is essential, this gives me the opportunity to speak with my tutors in a professional manner. Overall, I think Moodle is perfect for students.”

“Moodle is really useful for the students because it gives all the information student required about the course “

“So much better!”

“Moodle is brilliant, I have been able to access information needed for my course and have been able to print out worksheets when needed. Fantastic “

“I find Moodle really helpful and useful, …my maths teacher set us some work to do through Moodle.”

“I really like it, I think it is very helpful for my studies and there is plenty of information on it. I use it on a daily basis for maths checking work and studying subjects within maths. I also log on most days to check my emails.”

Let’s Moodle!



The Gradebook allows teachers to manage grades for Moodle activities, such as assignments and quizzes in a course.

The Gradebook collects items that have been graded from various assessed activities in Moodle and allows you to view and change them.

When you add an assessed activity to a Moodle course, the Gradebook automatically creates space for the grades it will produce and then adds the grades as they are generated, either by the system (e.g. quizzes) or by you (e.g. assignments).


Moodle & Planet eStream

Planet eStream is the Derby College video platform. It is a video sharing platform and also records TV and radio broadcasts.

Planet eStream is available internally and externally and from a variety of mobile devices.

Planet eStream is also integrated in Moodle and you can for example embed videos from Planet eStream in a Moodle page or also use it for video assessment.

PeS tablet

For more info click here



Moodle for Assessments

Moodle offers many different styles of assessment.
Moodle assignments, Turnitin assignments and quizzes are the main ones.
After a submission, Teachers can leave a grade and some feedback.
Quizzes are graded automatically.
All the grades for each student can be found in the course gradebook.

To find out more about these please click here

Remember that Moodle is safe, secure and
that we keep archives of  previous academic years.


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.



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

Badges from licensed under Creative Commons


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.