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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.0. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Tags.

From Moodle 1.9 onwards, users are able to tag themselves and create interest pages around those tags. Users can also edit tags in blog posts.

Describing your interests

Tags allows you to describe your interests in a way that is easy for people with similar interests to find you. To tell everyone what your interests are, go to your profile editing page and enter your interests/tags separated by commas. If a tag you entered already exists, you get associated to that tag. If it does not, a new tag will be created (if you have the capability to create new tags).

Blog post tags

After writing a blog post, users are allowed to add user defined tags about the post. These are usually keywords relevant to the post separated by commas. If a tag you entered already exists, you get associated to that tag. If it does not, a new tag will be created. If one tag is associated with interests and a blog post, the tag page will show both.


Tag pages

Each tag in moodle has a page associated with it. The tag page brings together users, information and resources related to that tag. A tag has a description, links to related tags, a list of users associated with that tag and moodle blocks with resources related to it.

moodle tag page.png

  • If the user has the capability to edit tags, a link "Edit this tag" will appear in the tag page. By clicking on it, you will get redirect to the tag editing page.
  • If the tag name or its content is inappropriate, a user may click on the "Flag as inappropriate" link to report that. This will allow those responsible for maintaining the good use of the tags functionality to take appropriate action, such as deleting the tag. See Managing tags.
  • If the user has the capability to edit blocks, he will be able to change the configuration of the blocks that appear on the tag page.

Tag Cloud

A very effective way of viewing all the tags is through a tag cloud. A tag cloud is a block that displays all the different tags. To enable a tag cloud, sign in as administrator, click "Turn editing on" on the home page, and find Tags in the Blocks pull-down menu.

A unique feature of tag clouds are that the size of each tag is related to the amount of items associated with it. The larger the tag, the more items associated with it.

Moodle.org Tag Cloud

Tags settings

By default, site-wide tags functionality is enabled. If this is not required, tags functionality may be disabled by an administrator by un-checking the usetags box in Administration > Security > Site policies.

See also