Start of Semester Checklist  Moodle ISU


At the beginning of each term, there are several items to think about as you prepare to teach using Moodle ISU. We have put together a list of questions to help guide you through the initial steps of setting up your Moodle ISU course.

Did you request a Moodle ISU course when the course schedule was created?                

Moodle sections are created based on information provided to the ISU Registrar during the class schedule process. Your department course scheduler must indicate the need for a Moodle course by marking Moodle Required in the course request form in ISU BengalWeb.                        

If the course scheduler did not include Moodle Required, contact your department course scheduler to update the information for your course(s).        

When will I be able to start work on my Moodle ISU course?                

Moodle ISU courses become available as the course schedule is created at the Registrar's office and faculty are assigned. Courses that you have access to will appear in your My courses list. Courses for the current semester that are available to students will appear in bold lettering at the top of your My courses list.

Note: Courses from previous semesters will remain listed in your My courses list so that you may access them, but they appear in gray lettering to indicate that they are not available to students.

Note: For Fall 2016, previous courses will not be shown in your My courses list because they are on a different server.

For more information, contact ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

If you want to begin developing your course before the Moodle ISU courses have been created, you may want to request a development course. A development course allows you to work on the content of your course, but will not enroll students.

To request a development course, see Development Course Request Form

When your section is automatically created at the beginning of the term, you will need to move the content to the course where the students are enrolled.

For more information, see Restoring Course Data From Moodle ISU and Importing Course Content        

Do you need a metacourse?

A metacourse combines several sections of the same course into one Moodle ISU course. This is helpful for instructors teaching multiple sections of the same course, cross-listed courses, and combined undergraduate/graduate courses.

For more information contact ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

To request a metacourse, see Metacourse Request Form                 

Do you want to use content from a previous course?

Once you have set up a Moodle course, you may reuse the content in future courses using the Backup/Restore process.

It is recommended that you create a backup of your course content at the end of each term.  This backup can be restored into future courses as needed.

The restore process will import components from another Moodle ISU course into an existing course on the same instance of Moodle. This process is helpful for transferring content from a previous course into your current course.

For more information, see Restoring Course Data From Moodle ISU

Do you have a video or distance class, and would like to have the lectures from that class encoded and placed in your Moodle ISU course?

Classes taught in video classrooms may be encoded (recorded) and the links placed within your Moodle ISU course.

For more information about this process, see Video Encoding/Posting Request Form        

Do you have older media that you still need?

Media files, such as encoded lectures, narrated presentations, podcasts and similar files located on the ISU Media server or are removed periodically. You can also store media files on YouTube.

To keep these files, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

Files may be kept on the ISU Media server for use in your current Moodle ISU course or copied onto a disk for your own archive.

For more information, see Archive Policies

Do you have any media files that should be transferred to the ISU Media server?

Media files, such as podcasts and similar files are large files and can make restoring course content cumbersome, as well as making your Moodle ISU course slow for your students.

Media files can be placed on the ISU Media server to streamline your course.

Contact ITRC about transferring your media files.

For Copyright Policy information, see our Copyright Policy

Media files can also be place on external video storage sites such as YouTube or Vimeo.  For more information regarding YouTube uploading, see Web: Uploading and Sharing YouTube Videos

For more information about these options, contact ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

Does your content need updating?

Once your content has been moved to your new course, you will want to do the following:

Are you ready to add another component to your Moodle ISU course? Is there an activity or assignment that doesn't quite work the way you would like?

Check out the workshops offered by ITRC, set up an appointment by calling (208) 282-5880, or stop by our drop-in lab in room B17 in the Library.

For more information, see Moodle ISU Resources

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