What does a course look like?

Each course homepage generally has a three-column layout, visually organized with blocks on the left and right sides and with a center column containing the course content.

Course Content will appear in the middle section, usually broken down into Weeks or Topics. Every Week/Topic might have some content and matching activities, like discussion forums, quizzes or assignments.

The right and left columns of the course homepage will have blocks with additional tools and features, such as calendar block, course administration, my courses, etc. Particular blocks and their location on the Course Homepage may vary from course to course, since blocks may be added, hidden, deleted, and moved up, down and left/right by the instructor.

Features include:

  • Choice of course formats such as by week, by topic or a discussion-focused social format
  • Flexible array of course activities - Forums, Quizzes, Glossaries, Resources, Choices, Surveys, Assignments, Chats
  • Ability to publish any kind of digital content
  • Built-in WYSIWYG HTML editor for easy creation of webpages and editing of text entry areas (journals, forum postings etc)
  • Submission of written assignments for instructor evaluation
  • Self- and peer-evaluation of submitted work
  • Online weekly journals
  • Student/group wikis
  • Discussion forums with multiple settings
  • Ratings of forum posts
  • Email integration - copies of forum posts, instructor feedback etc can be mailed in HTML or plain text.
  • Polls - single-question voting tools
  • Glossaries that can allow student entries, evaluation and commenting
  • Custom grading scales - instructors can define their own scales to be used for grading forums and assignments
  • Courses can be packaged as a single zip file using the Backup function. These can be downloaded to a local computer and restored later on any Moodle server.
  • Personal blogging
  • SCORM support
  • Full user logging and tracking
  • Connection to the University registration system for automatic student enrollment

Please note that not all of the Moodle tools will be available in all courses, since instructors may decide not to utilize some of them.