Adding a Link to an External Website in Your Course  Moodle ISU

You can add links to external websites as a way to include online articles, videos, podcasts and other resources in your course.

This guide will help you to:

Add a URL to Your Course

  1. Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. Locate the week/topic in which you wish to add the resource.
  3. Click Add an activity or resource.

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  1. Select URL.
  2. Click Add.

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Note: You can drag and drop URL links, files, and folders into your Moodle ISU course homepage. Turn editing on and Click and hold the URL link, file, or folder to drag the item over to your Moodle ISU page. You can drop the item at the bottom of any week/topic of your choosing, then use the arrows to move the item to the desired location.


  1. In the Name box, Type the name of the web link. This will show to the students on the course homepage.
  2. In the Description box, Type in a description.
  1. If you would like this description displayed on the course page, Check the Display description on course page checkbox.



  1. In the External URL box, Paste the entire URL beginning with http(s).

Note: To select an entire URL, right click on the URL in the address bar of the browser and Select Copy.


  1. From the Display dropdown menu, Select the setting for how the URL will be displayed.
  1. Automatic - selects the best display option.
  2. Embed - displays the URL within the webpage with the name and description (if checked).
  3. New Window - displays the URL in a new window
  4. Open - displays the description with a link to the URL  in the browser window.
  5. In pop-up - displays the URL  in a pop-up window
  1. Display URL description will show the description of the resource if the URL is embedded.


Note: This box will only be accessible if you have selected Embed.

URL Variables

This section affects the parameters of a website. For more information regarding URL variables, contact ITRC - (208)-282-5880 or email

Common Module Settings

For more information on groups and groupings, see Groups and Groupings.

Restrict Access

For more information on restricting access, see Conditional Release

To save:

  1. Click Save and display to view the file.  
  2. Click Save and return to course to be taken back to the course homepage.
  3. Click Cancel to delete the link to the external website.


Note: The new resource will always appear at the bottom of the list within the week/topic you have chosen.

For more information, see URL resource.

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

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