Getting Started - Course Editors FAQ

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The Getting Started - Course Editors FAQ is a place for collecting information helpful for anyone interested in learning how to create/edit a MIIS elearning course space. Relevant topics include: how to request a new course space, how to turn editing on, how to edit section text, how to add links and upload resources, and other basic steps in adding resources and forums to a course space.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I log into Moodle?

Go to and log in using your First Class username and password. For assistance with logging in please contact the Information Technology Services Help Desk at 831-647-6656. More about logging in to Moodle

How do I request a Moodle site for a new course or group?

First watch the Requesting A Site Instructions video. Then follow this course request link and complete the online form.

How do I change or update my basic course settings? (course title, number of weeks, format, etc)

Go to ADMIN panel (left-hand side of your course page), and click on SETTINGS. Be sure to SAVE at bottom of page. More about changing basic course settings

How do I use the text editor in Moodle?

Moodle uses a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor, with many icons that are very similar to text formatting icons in Microsoft Word. More about the WYSIWYG editor

How do I add titles to the main sections of my course?

Click the edit icon (a pencil) located at the top of each section of the course. More about adding titles to main sections

How do I add a link to another website?

Select "Link to a file or web site" under the "Add a resource" drop box located in each section of the course and enter the link to the website. More about adding a link to another website

How do I add a discussion forum?

Select "Forum" under the "Add an activity" drop box located in each section of the course. More about adding a discussion forum

How do I add resources (Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, audio files, etc.)?

Select "Link to a file or a web site" under the "Add a resource" drop box located in each section of the course and upload the file. More about adding resources

How do I use the blocks feature to supplement my course Moodle?

Turn editing on and select a block from the "Add" drop box located in the Blocks section on the right-hand side of the course. More about using blocks in Moodle

How do I give students access to my course Moodle?

Send an email to students in your course with the web address of your course Moodle and the enrollment key for them to self-enroll. More about giving students access to your course Moodle

How do I change the enrolment key for my course Moodle?

You can change the enrolment key in Administration --> Settings --> Availability --> Enrolment key. More about changing the enrolment key

Where can I find more online resources for learning about Moodle?

There are great resources housed at Carleton College, University of Minnesota and Humboldt College (click "Log in as a guest").