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Using Moodle to facilitate learning

Concordia currently supports Moodle as its Learning Management System (LMS) to enhance a face-to-face class or as an integral part of blended or online classes. This is a secure online space to post content, engage in learning activities and facilitate class communications. 


For technical support using Moodle, contact the Moodle team at:

Concordia Moodle Help for Instructors (Moodle login required) 

For advice on how best to use Moodle for your course, contact the CTL at:

Moodle was last updated in July 2020 from version 3.5 to 3.9 Find out What's new in Moodle 3.9?


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Getting started with Moodle

What Moodle can do

Moodle can enhance any course whether it's online, blended or face-to-face by offering:

  • Anytime, anywhere access to course content and activities
  • More accessible format for those with learning disabilities and language barriers
  • Facilitation of course communications
  • Facilitation of group activities
  • Facilitation and management of assessment activities (including assignments and quizzes)
  • Effective means of getting feedback on student learning

Regardless of how little or much you use Moodle , it is clear that it can be a very powerful tool to help students achieve learning objectives, facilitate course work and communications, and improve accessibility. 



Setting up your Moodle course


Accessing the Moodle learning management system (LMS)

Moodle courses are automatically created several weeks before the beginning of a semester. Instructors and students are added to the sites by an automatic process. There are two ways to access Moodle:

1) Carrefour or




Setting up your Moodle course: Technical step-by-step instructions

Although Moodle has many features available, this page has some of the basic tasks you will need to do in order to get your Moodle course ready for students. This includes: 

  • Setting up your course 
  • Making your course visible to students
  • Adding your TA to your Moodle Course
  • Uploading & organizing files and links in your Moodle Course
  • Hiding parts of your course from students
  • Setting up Blocks


Promoting student engagement in Moodle

Moodle offers a variety of functionality for instructors to display content such as documents and media. However, it has much more to offer than being a repository for content. Instructors can also use the space to facilitate a number of course activities including, assignment submission and grading, discussion forums, peer editing, and collaborative spaces, such as wikis.  However, the most popular uses of Moodle are:

  • sharing content
  • collecting and grading assignments
  • administering and grading quizzes
  • using discussion forums

For more refer to this list of Moodle Activities and Resources to get an overview of what learning activities you can do with Moodle.


Discussion Forums & Groups


Using Discussion Forums

Online discussion forums, also known as discussion boards, are an environment in Moodle where students have the opportunity to engage with their classmates on course content in a series of messages that are visible to everyone in their class or group. Here you will find information on:

  • How to set up forums
  • Moodle forum types 
  • Tips on using forums with your class. 



Planning online group work (webinar recording)


Providing and collecting feedback


Providing online feedback to students

There are two basic types of feedback you can provide to students, 

1) Formal feedback: the feedback you give on a graded (summative) assessment,  and 

2) Informal feedback: ongoing feedback with the purpose of improving learning.



Using Moodle to collect feedback from students

You can use the Moodle Feedback activity to conduct surveys for the purpose of collecting feedback and information from students. These surveys can be done anonymously or can be attributed depending on the purpose. 

Assessments: Assignments & Quizzes



Using Assignments in Moodle

Moodle is a very efficient way of collecting and facilitating the grading of assignments. This page Includes information on assignment submission types, grading & feedback and tips on accessibility.  




Using Quizzes in Moodle

Online quizzes are an efficient way of testing student knowledge and understanding. Quizzes can include various types of questions including: multiple choice, true/false, short answer, essay, cloze (fill in the blanks), and more.



Uploading quiz questions in bulk

Adding questions in bulk can be a time-saving way to populate quizzes. However, please note it is only possible to upload multiple choice questions.


Quiz vs. Assignment


Administering online exams in Moodle: Quiz or Assignment?

The choice depends on the type of assessment. Assignment is appropriate for written assessment such as essays, learning journals and final papers, while Quiz is better suited for closed-book tests, supports a variety of question types, and grades automatically. This web page includes a summary table of key differences between Assignment and Quiz. 

Managing your course & communications

Within these videos you will find organizational strategies and recommendations on how to effectivity manage your Moodle course. 


Managing communications

Within Moodle there are three methods of communication:  

1) Announcement Forum, which is an easy way for instructors to send a message to all students in a course  

2) Private messaging system that allows direct communication with individual or groups of students without needing their email address.

3) Chat is a very basic text-based communication tool that can be used to hold office hours, Q & A Sessions or impromptu discussions with a student or group of students via Moodle. Note that once a chat is added to the course, it can be accessed by anyone in the class. It is not recommended for private conversations.

Student resources

You may provide the following information to students in your courses as required.


IITS Moodle help for students

IITS offers a a range of support materials for students in this Moodle course. Log in required to access.


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