Resources

A resource is an item that a teacher can use to support learning, such as a file or link. Moodle supports a range of resource types which teachers can add to their courses. In edit mode, a teacher can add resources via the 'Add an activity or resource' link. Resources appear as a single link with an icon in front of it that represents the type of resource.

Book

Multi-page resources with a book-like format. These can be downloaded as PDF format.

File

A picture, .pdf document, spreadsheet, sound file, or video file.

Folders

Organizes files and information just like any other folder would. Folders can also container other folders.

Pages

The student sees a single, scrollable screen that a teacher can create through an HTML editor.

Labels

A label can be a few displayed words, or an image used to separate resources and activities in a topic section. You might want to use them on lengthy descriptions or instruction guides.

Links (URLs)

You can send the student to any other place on the platform, or to another website entirely. For instance, to another course page or Wikipedia.

Activities

An activity is a general name for a group of features in a Moodle course. Usually an activity is something that a student will do that interacts with other students and or the teacher.

In Moodle terminology, an Activity, such as Forums or Quizzes, properly means something students can contribute to directly, and is often contrasted to a Resource such as a File or Page, which is presented by the teacher to them. However, the term activity is sometimes for convenience also used to refer to both Activities and Resources as a group.

There are 14 different types of activities in the standard Moodle that can be found when the editing is turned on and the link 'Add an activity or resource' is clicked.

Quizzes

Allows the teacher to design and set quiz tests, which can either be automatically or manually marked. Feedback can be given students can be allowed to view the correct answers.

Assignments

Enables teachers to grade and give comments on uploaded files and assignments created both on and offline.

Chat

Allows real-time discussion among participants.

Forums

Allows participants to post on a certain topic, as well as comment on other participants' posts. This kind of discussion is not in real-time.

Glossaries

Enables participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, sort of like a personal dictionary.

Wikis

A collection of pages that anyone can add to or edit.

Surveys

For gathering data from students. This helps teachers to learn about their class and reflect the data collected in their own teaching.

Workshops

Used for peer assessment.