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Moodle Help

This guide is designed to assist Earlham faculty with Moodle questions. Moodle 3.8 is Earlham's learning management system that assists with teaching and learning.


All students are automatically subscribed to the Announcements (formerly News Forum) in your course, so it is an easy way to communicate with your whole class. Students will receive Announcements posts as an email, and will also be able to view them within Moodle.

Note: Students are unable to post or reply to Announcements posts.  If you would like for them to be able to do so, create a separate Forum under Add an activity. 

  1. Click Announcements on your course homepage. 

  2. Click Add a new topic. Fill out the information on the page and select Post to forum. Note: There is a 30 minute delay before the post will be sent out.  Click Advanced and Select Send forum post notifications with no time-editing delay if you prefer that the post be shared immediately.


The Forum activity enables asynchronous threaded discussion between students and faculty. In a Forum, participants can post comments and share content (files, videos, links, etc). New in Moodle 3.8: Forums can be graded, making it easy to award points/credit for student participation.

Consider these online discussion strategies in our Tips for Teaching Online.

  1. In the Top Right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select Turn editing on.
  2. From the drop-down option, Add an activity or resource, click on Forum.
  3. On the Adding a new Forum page, add an Forum name (required).
  4. Choose a Forum type. Most will use "Standard forum for general use." Description of Forum types.
  5. You can add a description, additional files, minimum word count, and dates the forum is available. Use Groups if you wish students to have discussions in smaller groups.
  6. Forums can be graded by changing the settings under Whole forum grading from None to Scale/Point.
  7. Select all of the options for your Forum, and then click Save and display.  

To monitor individual student participation in Forums, go to your list of Participants in the course, and click on a student's name. Under Reports, you can view their Forum participation in the Complete Report. For courses with very active Forum discussion, this may prove easier than going through each Forum to track individual engagement.



Some faculty prefer to use Quickmail. With Quickmail you can send messages to one or many students. 

Note: Students are unable to send messages through Quickmail.  

  1. In the Top Right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select Turn editing on.
  2. Under the Add a Block block (bottom left), select Quickmail.
  3. Choose individuals or groups to receive your message.


Moodle Chat allows for text-based synchronous chats with others in the course. (Contrast this with Moodle Forums, which offer text-based asynchronous chats with others in the course.) Potential uses: hosting scheduled office hours, or meeting real-time with your class when not everyone has broadband internet access to support video conferencing.
  1. In the Top Right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select Turn editing on.

  2. Click Add an activity or resource and choose Activity - Chat.
  3. From this page, you can change the Name of the chat room. Access can be limited to certain dates/times, and whether you want students to be able to view past chat sessions. Description of Chat settings and options.
  4. After you have edited the chat activity, click Save and display.


Teachers, students, and other users can use Messages to send and receive private messages within Moodle. Teachers have the ability to send group messages to multiple participants in their courses.

There are several ways to access Messages:

  1. In the Top Right corner of your course, click the word bubble icon to view your Message drawer and send Messages.
  2. As a Teacher, you can send Messages to individual or multiple users from within your list of Participants. Select the checkbox next to the name(s) of user(s). Using the With selected users dropdown, select Send a message.

Profile Picture

To change your picture, log into Moodle then click your name in the top right of the screen → Profile → Edit Profile (from the gear icon) and scroll down to the User Picture area.  Drag your desired image file into the New Picture  box.  The file should be a .jpg or .png file format and will be cropped and resized to a 100x100 pixel square automatically.  

User pictures are periodically uploaded from Banner.  If you have loaded a different picture into Moodle it won't be overwritten, but if you have deleted your picture from Moodle, your Banner ID picture will be re-uploaded in the next sync. 

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