Setting up your course

Moodle course shells contain several default features. Below is a screen shot (with added notes) of the page you are given when you request a course.

If you are already familiar with the basic set up of the Moodle course shell, click here to customize the look of your course

Before you begin, click on the gear icon in the upper right hand corner of your course (1) and Turn Editing On (2).

Your course page will then resemble this:

Once you are familiar with the default home page, you can begin to make changes at the course administration level. To Edit the course settings, click on the gear icon at the top of the page and then click Edit Settings.


Link to Edit Course Settings – This link will take you through the edit course settings step-by-step. For some common answers to course changes, please see the list below.

Customize the look of your course

>Hide entire course from your students

  • Click on the gear icon upper right
  • Click Edit settings
  • Under General > Visible
  • Select Hide from the drop down list

>Change course sections to weekly format

  • Click on the gear icon upper right
  • Click Edit settings
  • Under Course format > Format
  • Select Weekly format from drop down list
  • Enter the number of sections or weeks the course will last.
    • The first week starts on the Course start date

>Display one section per page

  • Click on the gear icon upper right
  • Click Edit settings
  • Under Course format > Course layout
  • Select Show one section per page

The following actions must be done with course editing turned on:

 >Move sections

  • Position mouse cursor over
  • Mouse becomes a four-headed arrow
  • Drag and drop section to new location

>Hiding & unhiding sections from students

  • In the Edit drop down menu to the right of the section you want to hide, click  to hide a section
  • Click  to unhide a section

>Highlight a section for your students

  • In the Edit drop down menu to the right of the section you want to highlight, click  to highlight a section

>Add or remove sections

  • Click the plus or minus buttons   at the bottom of the page. Note: if there are resources in the section you are deleting, Moodle will “orphan” them, making them not visible to students. Adding a section will undo this.

>Add sidebar blocks

  • Click the drop down list under the Add a block sidebar block located at the bottom of My courses on the left sidebar.

Add a block tool in left sidebar

>Move blocks

  • Place mouse cursor over block move button Move block button
  • Mouse becomes a four-headed arrow
  • Drag and drop the block to a new location. In Moodle 3.2, the left sidebar cannot be changed. All new blocks will be added to the right sidebar.

>Edit course header
The default header for a new course is General. Old courses reset may have the course number and name. With Moodle 3.2, the course number and name are redundant. To change the header to something that makes sense for your course, click on the faded pencil icon arrow pointing to the faded pencil icon next to the word GENERAL in a new courseto the right of the word, General. Enter your desired Section title and press enter. As in the older Moodle versions, the first topic section remains constant and should only contain the course basics, i.e., your office hours, attendance, course announcements and other policies you want students to see.

>Adding an image to your header section

Click on the edit drop down menu to the right of the Header title line. Click on Edit section.

Click on the Expand Menu

Click on the image icon in the tool bar.

Click on Find or upload an image. In the next window, several options appear that allow you to select a file picker or post an image URL.

image of adding images

Clicking on Find or upload an image will open up the File Picker window, giving you choices on where to locate the image.


image of the file picker, giving choices of accessing the Google Drive or uploading a file from your computer

Once the file is uploaded or linked, click Insert. If you have not added an Image description, the file picker will prompt you to add one. Click Save changes.

>Adding a syllabus to your Moodle course page

The easiest document to add to your Moodle course page is a link to a Google Document in your Google Drive. Doing so allows you to update directly in the document and have the changes immediately reflected on your Moodle course page. You can also upload Word documents as well, but any changes will need to be uploaded to replace the older document.

To add a syllabus to the General Section of your Moodle page (the first section at the top of the page) click Add an activity or resource.

Scroll down and select the option that best fits your document. If you are linking a Google Doc, select URL. If you are uploading a pdf or Word document, choose File.

Selecting URL

Select URL and click on ADD

On the next window, type in the description to be displayed on the home page and paste the Google Document link. Be sure the document’s sharing attributes allow for those outside the network to view the document. Otherwise, students will have to request access when logging in from email sources other than UNCA.EDU.

To complete the step, click on Save and return to course.

To check, click on the new link in your Moodle course page.

To upload a document, click on Add an activity or resource, choose File, Add. In the new window, add a name and then drag/drop the file into the space provided. Be sure to save.