Chapter 2. Moodle Basics

In this chapter, we’ll cover the basics of the Moodle interface and some of the options you have when setting up your course. Then we’ll start adding some content to your first Moodle course.

Getting Started

As mentioned in Chapter 1, Moodle is a web-based tool you can access through a web browser. This means that in order to use Moodle, you need a computer with a web browser installed and an Internet connection. You also need to have the web address (called a Uniform Resource Locator, or URL) of a server running Moodle. If your institution supports Moodle, it will have a server with Moodle up and running. You can then get the server address from the system administrator. If you don’t have access to a server with Moodle installed, and you’d like to set up your own, you can download a Moodle package from

The Moodle Interface

When you first visit your Moodle site, you’ll see the front page with the site news and the courses you are teaching or taking (see Figure 2-1).

Moodle front page
Figure 2-1. Moodle front page

Take a moment and familiarize yourself with the interface. Moodle uses a number of interface conventions throughout the system. Important information is usually presented in the middle of the screen. On the lefthand side of the screen you’ll see several blocks that list available courses and site news. There are a number of useful blocks installed by ...

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