Time Saving Tips for Course Creation

Below are some time saving tips to help you become more efficient when setting up your Moodle courses, whether multiple courses each term or creating ongoing content from year-to-year.

Configuring the Gradebook

  • Set up your gradebook before starting to add activities. Doing this eliminates having to organize them all into categories later. Instead, set it up first and align your activities to the gradebook as you build each one.
  • If you’ve already created a course and need to organize the gradebook, select multiple activities at once in the Categories and Items tab by using the checkboxes and then use the Move drop-down menu to select the appropriate category.

Working with Files

  • Bulk upload resources (PDFs, word docs, graphics, etc.)  into your Private files area using a .zip folder of files.
  • Drag and drop files into the Files area rather than using the Add button.
  • To access your private files to add additional content, click the Private Files button in the Navigation drawer on the left side of your course.
  • Make use of Private Files and Recent files repositories to reuse content you use frequently.

Configuring Completion Tracking

  • Determine if you will track completion of activities before building the course. If you will use it, then enable it within the course settings before adding items to the course.
  • As you create items configure the activity completion settings.

Creating Content

  • If creating a series of courses consider creating a course template outlining your course framework.
  • Duplicate activities with similar settings. When building a course, we often use similar settings for an activity in order to maintain consistency in the user experience and grading strategies. This is when the Duplicate feature comes in handy. Simply create the activity/resource once, duplicate it, customize it, and move it. For example create a Quiz resource and configure all of your desired settings. Duplicate that Quiz for the given number of quizzes in your course. Then go into each quiz individually and configure the question bank. See Also Save Default Quiz Settings
  • Drag and drop items onto your course front page. You can add File resources quickly by dragging and dropping files from your computer onto the front page of the course. Drag and drop a .zip folder of files to the desktop to create a Folder resource. (In lieu of drag/drop, you can also utilize the Private files or Recent Files Repositories)
  • Utilize the Page or Book resource for large amounts of content. The content is easily transferable to another course and helps reduce scroll fatigue for students.
  • Create advanced grading forms for assignments and reuse your own forms for new ones.