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:

Types of Activities

Activities that can be added to your course include:

Activity Name:                                        

Assignments- Allows instructors 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.        

Attendance- 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 synchronously online in a virtual classroom. Please see the ITRC link to Collaborate handouts for more information.

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

Choice- A survey can be conducted by the faculty for the students. Please see the Choice handout for more information.

Database- 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- Allows users to interact with LTI-compliant learning resources and activities on other web sites. Please see the External Tool Handout for more information.

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

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

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

Lesson- 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.

Quiz- 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:

Survey- 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 directly in Moodle.  There are various voice tools in Moodle.

Wiki- This is a web page (or series of webpages) that can be created individually or collaboratively. Please see the wiki handout for more information.

Workshop- 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.
  2. Click on Add.


  1. You will be taken to the setup page for the activity.

Note: For more information regarding setting up activities please see the handout for the desired activity.

Editing an Activity

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

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The original setup page will appear with the options that were previously selected. Scroll down and alter any settings that you wish to change.

  1. 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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