Add an Activity to Your Course Moodle ISU


A number of different types of activities can be added to your Moodle ISU course.  Activities generally require an action from the student, such as submitting an assignment, completing a survey or taking a quiz.  Most activities also have grading functionality.

This guide will help you to:

Available Activities

Activities that can be added to your course include:

Activity Name:



The assignment activity feature enables the instructor of the course to communicate tasks, collect work, and provide grades and feedback. Please see the Assignment handout for information about the different settings of assignments and instructions on how to set them up.


Allows instructors to track students who are present, late, tardy, excused, or any other attendance criteria.  Please see the Attendance Handout for more information.

Blackboard Collaborate

The Blackboard Collaborate module gives teachers and students the ability to meet online in a virtual classroom.


Allows participants to have a real-time discussion via the web. Please see the Chat handout for more information.


Allows faculty poll to the students. Please see the Choice handout for more information.


Allows faculty and/or students to build, display and search a bank of record entries. Please see the database handout for more information.

External Tools

The external tool allows Moodle ISU 2 users to interact with LTI-compliant learning resources and activities on other web sites. Please see the External Tool Handout for more information.


Allows faculty to survey student responses to a set of questions. Please see the feedback handout for more information.


Allows students and faculty to exchange ideas by having an asynchronous discussion. Please see the forum handout for more information.


Allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions. Please see the glossary handout for more information.


Can be used to create a learning module with a linear or branched path through the content.  Questions can be added along the way to assess student understanding. Please see the lesson handout for more information.


Allows faculty to create online tests using a large variety of question types. Please see the quiz handout for more information.

SCORM Package

Allows faculty to upload any SCORM or AICC package to include in the course. (for more detail about SCORM, please visit:


Provides a number of verified survey instruments which can be used to collect student responses. Please see the survey handout for more information.

Voice Tools

Collaborate Voice Tools let instructors create audio recordings right into moodle.  There are various voice tools in Moodle.

Voice Authoring

This will allow an instructor to individually add audio recordings throughout Moodle.

Voice Boards

An audio discussion board that allows both students and instructors post recordings which link together in a discussion thread

Voice Podcaster

Teachers can deliver podcasts and students can download a series of recordings to their mp3 players.

Video Presentation

Instructors can post web content with an associated recording, and students can post audio comments.


This is a web page (or series of webpages) that the class can create together. Please see the wiki handout for more information.


A peer assessment activity with many options. There are two grades for a student: their own work and their peer assessments of other students' work. Please see the workshop handout for more information.

Adding an Activity

  1. Turn Editing On. For more information please see Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. Choose the Week/Topic block in which you wish to add the activity.
  3. Click on the Add an Activity or Resource link.  A box will appear showing you all activities and resources.

  1. Choose the activity by selecting the corresponding radio button and Click Add.  

  1. You will be taken to the setup page for the activity.
  2. Type in a name for the activity in the name box. This is the label that will appear on the course page.
  3. In the Description box type in a description. (This is a required box.) If you would like this description displayed on the course page click the Display description on course page box.

Editing an Activity

  1. Turn Editing On. For more information please see Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. From the Week/Topic block, Click on the Gear next to the activity that you wish to edit.


  1. The original setup page will appear with the options that were previously selected. Scroll down and alter any settings that you wish to change.
  2. Once you have everything set:
  1. Click the Save and Display button to view the choice.
  2. Click the Save and Return to Course button to be taken back to the main course page.

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