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Moodle Help

This guide is designed to assist with Moodle 4.1 questions.

What's New with Moodle 4.1?

What's New with Moodle 4.1?

During the summer, we shifted from Moodle 3.11 to Moodle 4.1. Keep reading or watch the video at the bottom of this section to learn about the most important changes.


My Courses

Moodle redesigned the dashboard to help students focus on time management. The Dashboard focuses on a Timeline and Calendar highlighting upcoming deadlines. Courses are now accessed under my courses at the top of the page.


Edit Mode

You now toggle edit mode on and off with the click of a button at the top right of the screen. You no longer have to scroll to the top of the page to edit your course.

Use edit mode to edit your course. Located in upper right side of screen.


Course Formats

Spacing within Moodle has changed considerably. If you have a course with lots of content, consider using collapsed topics or tiles formats. Access this via course settings. Click here for further instruction.

Use tiles or collapsed topics format.


Course Reuse

Access the course reuse button to backup and restore courses or import material from other courses. Click more, followed by course reuse. After clicking this button, you will arrive at the appropriate menu. Scroll to the bottom of this section to access links on the different ways to reuse your courses.

Click More, followed by course reuse to access import and backup options.


Notifying Learners of Changes

Any time you edit an activity, you can now inform learners of the change by selecting the check next to “select content change notification” at the bottom of the page, as shown below.

Click the check to notify users of a change in content.



Blocks are now accessed by clicking an arrow on the right side of the dashboard.

Access blocks by clicking the arrow on the right of the screen.


Text and Media Area

The text and media area (formerly known as label) can be used to add text, image, and code to your course. This is accessed via activities and resources. 

Where's My Old Course?

Old courses were not migrated to Moodle 4.1. To find your old courses, click hereAfter finding the course, you may use the course reuse button to backup and restore the course yourself, using these instructions to do so. Some non-curricular Moodle courses (example: Registrar’s Corner or Animal User Guide) were moved over to the new Moodle site. If you do not see your non-curricular course in the new Moodle, but would like it to be there, please email with details.

More Help

More Help with Moodle

You can contact an Earlham librarian for support at In addition, you can go to to explore documentation, user forums, example videos, and more. Finally, you can work with the instructional designer.

Shannon Barnes is Earlham’s Instructional Designer, and has been working for the college since 2022. As the Instructional Designer, she supports faculty by:

  • Identifying technological tools that align with course objectives.
  • Discussing ways to engage students in and out of the classroom.
  • Providing tutorials on Moodle Gradebook usage.
  • Hosting professional development workshops on topics such as accessibility and general Moodle usage.
  • Resolving Moodle queries

Shannon hosts open office hours Mondays from 9-10:30 and Thursdays from 10-11.

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