Managing activities

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.3. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Managing activities.

Location: Site Administration > Plugins > Activities modules > Manage activities

Activity modules administration

The manage activities page enables the administrator to manage Moodle's activity modules for the entire site. This includes standard modules and contributed modules that have been added by the site administrator.

Number of activities

The activities column lists how many activities for each module there are on your Moodle site. If you click on a number, the list of courses containing that activity will be displayed.


The numbers against the modules tell you the version (or age) of the module. It is useful to know how up to date each module is and, particularly with contributed modules, it is important to ensure you have the most up to date version that matches your version of Moodle. The first four digits relate to the year of the module.

Hiding a module

The hide/show column allows selected modules to be hidden i.e. they do not appear in any course "Add an activity" dropdown menu and cannot be used in any course. To hide a module, click the eye icon so that it changes to a closed eye.

The Feedback module (which will eventually be replaced by a newer survey module) is hidden by default.

Module deletion

Apart from the Forum module, any module can be deleted using the link in the delete column. There is no reason for standard modules to be deleted, however contributed modules may need to be deleted before upgrading.

Note: To delete a module completely, in addition to deleting it on the manage activities page, you also need to remove/delete the actual module folder from the moodle/mod folder, otherwise Moodle will reinstall it next time you access the site administration.

Module settings

Many of the modules have additional settings, mostly enabling default values to be set, which can be accessed via the links in the settings column.

Contributed modules

In addition to using the wide variety of modules included in the standard download, you can download and install contributed modules and plugins from the Modules and plugins database.

Warning: Be aware that contributed modules may have quality issues, may not work correctly, and may not work when you upgrade Moodle. You should test them thoroughly before using them and be prepared to uninstall them before upgrading.

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