Moodle supports a range of different resource types that allow you to insert almost any kind of web content into your courses.
Creating a text page
This type of resource is a simple page written using plain text. Text pages aren't pretty, but they're a good place to put some information or instructions.
Here's how to add a text page resource:
- From the course main page, click the Add a resource... pull-down menu within the topic you wish to add a text page.
- You'll be taken to a page labeled "Adding a new Resource to topic x."
- You must type a Name for the text page. This is what your students will click on, so have it make some sense.
- You can add a Summary, but you don't have to.
- Type your text in the Full text box. You also paste text from MS Word or any other location.
- Choose whether you want this resource to open in the same window or a new one. If you choose New Window, you can choose what attributes the new window will have. Make sure you allow the window to be resized and scrolled, otherwise your students might not be able to read the bottom of the page!
- Once you've made your choices, click on the save Changes button. You will be see a preview of what your new resource looks like.
A number of formatting types are available to help turn your plain text into nice-looking web pages. More about these text formats
Creating a web page
This sort of resource makes it easy to develop a complete single web page within Moodle, especially when you are using Moodle's WYSIWYG HTML editor.
Linking to a file or web site
This resource type allows you to link to any web page or other file on the public web. It also allows you to link to any web page or other file that you have uploaded into your course files area from your own desktop computer.
Normal web pages are simply displayed as they are, while multimedia files are dealt with more intelligently and may be embedded within a web page. For example, MP3 files will be displayed using a built-in streaming player, as will movie files, flash animations and so on.
There are many options for displaying your content in popup windows, framed windows and so on.
In particular, if your resource is a web application or other type of content able to accept parameters, you can choose to send information to your resource such as the user's name, their email, the course they are currently in, and so on.
Displaying a directory
The directory resource can display a whole directory (and its subdirectories) from your course files area. Students can then browse and view all those files.
Inserting a label
A label is a way to add text to the content area of your course. Labels can be used to give a quick instruction or for telling users what to click on next. Usually labels should be short and to the point. Don't put in course content...use web pages or text pages for that.
- Turn editing on by clicking the Turn editing on button.
- In the content area in which you wish to put the label, click the Add a resource... drop-down menu. choose Insert a label.
A new window will appear where you can type your label.
Quick Tip: Before entering any text hit the Enter key on your keyboard to skip to the second line. This will prevent labels and resources from bunching up together.
When you're finished be sure to click the Save changes button.