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Moodle: Creating Courses and Importing Content 19-20

  • If you are teaching on modules starting in 2019-20, the instructions below will walk you through how to set these up.
  • If your module has already ran once, and you are keeping the module content roughly the same, then you can simply import across the module content from your 2018/19 course as long as you have kept and used the same headings in the 2018-19 template. See the Importing Content guide below.
  • To keep your course hidden from students while it is under construction, go to Course Management > Edit course settings and under ‘course visibility’ in the General section you can choose the option to ‘Hide’ the course. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Save and display to enable these changes.
  • Please contact the TEL Team at tel@yorksj.ac.uk if you need any assistance or you are unsure which course to activate. It is difficult to rectify mistakes after a course has been activated.

Activating Your 2019/20 Course Area(s) In Moodle

Before the start of each academic year, we need information about which credit bearing modules require corresponding spaces in Moodle. We use a system called Moodle Modules to capture this information. Moodle Modules is a web application which allows us to gather information about which credit bearing modules require corresponding spaces in our Learning Management System, Moodle.

In other words, it lets you tell us whether or not you want a module space setup in Moodle. It’s clever too! It knows who you are and who the students taking your module are, so it will automatically make sure all participants, whether staff or student, have access to the module spaces they need.

Please note:  Module Directors should take responsibility for making your module selections in Moodle; otherwise you will be without a Moodle course for the start of the academic year, 2019/20. If you are unsure about the type of course you need to create for a module in Moodle then please contact a member of the TEL team – we’re happy to help!

Quick Guide For Creating Moodle Courses

Follow these condensed instructions for creating Moodle courses:
Step 1: Log in to Moodle Modules (https://intranet.yorksj.ac.uk/moodlemodules2019-20/) with your YSJ username and password.
Step 2: On the All Modules page (found on the top menu bar next to My Modules) you’ll find a long list of modules. Either scroll down the page, or use Ctrl+F on your keyboard to quickly find the module code you need to activate. Once you’ve located the module, click on the module code to get to the next screen.
Step 3: Activate the module in Moodle by:

  • clicking on Select by the course type you wish to activate and then Update details when you are happy with the choice you have made You can use the Course Type descriptions to guide your decision. If in doubt about the type of course you want in Moodle, contact the TEL team.
  • adding yourself to a module by clicking Add Tutor in the Tutors field – DO NOT add administrative staff to the list of tutors. They have a different way of accessing modules in Moodle.

If you can’t find your module in the list, the Add Module page lets you add a module code to the list of modules which requires a space in Moodle. Only official credit bearing module codes will lead to courses automatically being generated in Moodle.

It’s really that simple. This gives us the information needed to automatically create new courses in Moodle and to ensure that all your students are enrolled on them, ready for the 2019/20 academic year.

Please note: Moodle Modules syncs with Moodle twice every day, at midday (12.00pm) and midnight (12.00am). If you went into Moodle Modules at 9am to activate your modules, they would appear in Moodle if you logged in after midday, but not before. If your modules are showing in the ‘My Modules’ page in Moodle Modules but not on your ‘Home’ page in Moodle itself, it may be that you need to wait for the systems to sync up before they appear.

Detailed Step-By-Step Guide For Creating Moodle Courses

If you require more step-by-step guidance, you can find it in the video and clickable link below:

The Creating Moodle Courses step-by-step guide will also take you through the necessary steps.

For further help or support when setting up your modules, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the TEL team

Importing Content

Once you have created your new modules for the 19-20 academic year, your attention will turn to creating course content. Moodle allows you to import course content from other courses, where you have editing permissions, so you can re-use activities and resources.

Please note:

  • Importing content does not include historical data such as any student data and forum posts.
  • It’s also good practice not to import old assignments and do not import Turnitin submission points. They will contain out of date information and settings and will cause problems when it comes to students submitting work. It is best to set up all assignment and Turnitin submission points from scratch in each module.

The course template for 2019-20 is slightly different to the template from 2018-19 courses.

Although it looks different to last year, we have maintained the same or similar headings, so if you used the structured template in 2018-19, you can simply import one course into another without having to make any amendments.

However, if your course is structured differently to the 2018-19 template, you may need to set some time aside to reorganise your course before or after the import process to ensure your headings are in the correct places and where you want them to be.

you can find step-by-step guidance on importing content in the video and clickable link below:

The Importing 2019-20 Guide will also take you through the necessary steps of how to import from one course into another.

If you require any help or support when importing course content or creating Moodle courses, please contact a member of the TEL team at TEL@yorksj.ac.uk.


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