Create your own course

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.2. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Create your own course.

To create a new course you will need to be set up as a Course Creator by the Moodle administrator. However if you are an assigned teacher of the course you can edit the existing course settings.

Starting out

Log in to Moodle and go to the section you would like the new course to appear in.

In the Course categories section choose the 'Add a new course' button


Give your course a title.

Give your course a short name. This will be the name that appears on the button to bring students back to your course main page. It will also appear in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

The summary appears on the list of courses.


Course Format defines the type of course you have.

Social Format creates a course based on a message forum on the main page.

Topics format creates a number of sections that can contain resources and activities that make up the course.

Weekly format is similar to topics but creates a separate section for each week beginning with the course start date.

You can swap back and forward between the different types of formats to see how they work. In an existing course you have access to the same settings you have here when you create a course.

For this course we are choosing Topics format as we want a number of sections to put content in.

Dates & Times

You can select the start date for a course.

By default, the course start is the day after you create the course.

You can also select the period of time you would like students to be enrolled on this course. Note that is you set this to 14 days, students will be removed from the course 14 days after they enroll.

Access Control

You can set up groups in your course and there is a separate topic dealing with how to do this.

Because it will take a week or two to get all the resources and activities set up, it is worth hiding it from students until it is ready.

The Enrolment key is given to control access to courses. It is a one time password given to students. If you use Groups in a course, you will also need to set a different Enrolment key for each of the groups. There is more information in the Groups information about this.

If your students are being automatically enrolled onto courses using the correct course number they will not need to be given the Enrolment key, although it is still set to keep the 'lost' out of your course.

Allowing guest access will let people come in and view your course. You could allow guest access using the Enrolment key, but generally we would expect to restrict guest access.

Other Settings

There are a number of other options you can choose.

You can hide sections from students, this option defines how they appear.

You can choose to show or hide grades from students.

There is also the option of showing reports of all Activity in the course.

You can define the words you use in the course for teachers and students

When you have set the options, clicking 'Save changes' will create your new course.

Remember that you can access all these setting again from your course administration panel.

Your course & Default Blocks


This is a new blank course

This course has 4 empty topics.

You get a Latest News block. These are items from the News forum of your course

You also get Upcoming Events block, with a link to the Calendar

The '[[Recent Activity] block]' is a list of changes and additions to the course

Clicking on 'Paricipants' will show a list of participants.

Remember, this link could be called Students if you did not change it in your course settings.

There is also a tool to search messages in forums within your course.

The Administration block contains a number of tools for making the most of your course.

Administration tools are covered in a separate topic.

This is the button to turn editing on in your course. You need to be in 'edit mode' to change or added activities and resources in your course.

There is a separate topic covering editing your course.

By default, courses are created with a list of the course categories.

Students will see a list of the other courses they are enrolled in.

This concludes the overview of setting up a course.

It is easy and safe to do.