Teacher Faq - course editing

Frequently asked questions by course editors and quick videos about common administrative functions of Moodle

Basic Course Editing

How should I add text to the Course?


You can do this multiple ways. (do not forget to "Turn editing on" at the top right)


1.  Drag and Drop

You can use the same Drag and Drop method, as with the file upload. Select the text, hold the left mouse button, and move the cursor to the appropriate section of your course. You will see a box with the “add text here” appear. Release, and select “Insert as a label” and the text will appear on the page.


2. Use the menu/icons in Moodle

a) Summaries

The very top of your course (the General section) and every topic or week contains a summary. This is a default label which allows you to place brief information about the specific topic or week. It can be an introduction to the unit of study or a short summary of the weekly plan. Activities and resources are listed below this section. More information

You can start editing with the "Edit section summary" link. It is always located at the top of the section.

b) Label

Labels serve as "spacers" between resources and activities, for example you can use a label to add the Text "Required readings" before a set of PDF files.

You can open the activity chooser with the menu and select "LABEL". Type in the text and save.

After creation, you can move the label to the appropriate place with the Move Moodle move icon icon next to it.
Click and drag the Move icon (Moodle move icon) at the left of the item link. As you drag, Moodle will dim the items under the item you are dragging. Release the mouse to drop the item into a new location.
More information about labels

c) Page

The major difference between this resource and the label is that labels are always created on the main page of the course but web pages will appear as a link on the main page (and will be opened in a new window as a subpage). The creation process is the same, just select "PAGE" from the Activity chooser.


3. Important note about MS Word

Most of the time when you will copy / paste some text from a MS Word document to Moodle it will be done without any problems (label or page, etc.), as the editor try to clean the text.

But it is recommended to be cautious as sometimes a few formatting problems can happen as these documents have "hidden" formatting (and you copy this as well without knowing it). 

What can you do to prevent any possible problems?

a) Paste the text to Wordpad or Notepad first, and copy to Moodle from these editors

b) Use the "Paste from Word"  Paste from Word icon in the processor before pasting to clean the contents. 

Note: Some browsers does not allow you to use the "Paste" command with your mouse. Use the CTRL+V key combination instead.