Standard tools

Want to get your course students engaging with a trending vote or poll? Want to get them to collaborate on or even rate each other on group-based research?

Your Moodle course is a dedicated space where you and other teachers can guide learners to complete their learning objectives through learning activities and materials.

Typically, a Moodle course contains a combination of

  • resources
  • activities
  • blocks.

Your Moodle for School site contains all of Moodle's standard toolkit of resources, activities and blocks,  plus our specially selected enhanced ones too.


What do we mean by a resource?

A resource is any static content that you might want your students to read, view, or listen to. You may have an interesting documentary or online article which you'd like to use to introduce a particular topic.

Standard resources:

  • Book - Multi-page resources in a book-like format (which can be printed as PDF files)
  • File - A picture, a pdf document, a spreadsheet, a sound file, a video file
  • Folder - A collection of files or folders containing other files
  • IMS content package -Static (ungraded) material from other sources in the standard IMS content package format 
  • Label - A blank, customisable area on the course page used to separate resources and activities in a topic section
  • Page -  A single page which can contain text, links, images or multimedia
  • URL - A link to a website or any online file


What do we mean by an activity?

The best part about Moodle is that it is designed specifically for students to be active in their learning. That's what the big list of Activity types is for.

With Moodle activities, students can interact with their teacher and each other, taking an active part in their learning, for example by posting in a forum, submitting an assignment or peer assessing with a workshop. Most activities can be graded or rated.

Standard activities:
  • Assignments - Enables you to grade and give comments on uploaded files and assignments created on and off line
  • Chat - Allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion
  • Choice - A teacher asks a question and specifies a choice of multiple responses
  • Database - Enables participants to create, maintain and search a bank of record entries
  • Feedback - For creating and conducting surveys to collect feedback
  • Forum - Allows participants to have asynchronous discussions
  • Glossary - Enables participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary
  • Lesson - For delivering content in flexible ways
  • External tool - Allows participants to interact with LTI-compliant learning resources and activities on other web sites.
  • Quiz - Allows you to design and set quiz tests, which may be automatically marked and feedback and/or to correct answers shown
  • SCORM - Enables SCORM packages to be included as course content
  • Survey - For gathering data from students to help teachers learn about their class and reflect on their own teaching
  • Wiki - A collection of web pages that anyone can add to or edit
  • Workshop - Enables peer assessment


What do we mean by a block?

Moodle blocks provide additional information and interaction, such as a calendar, activity results, RSS feeds, comments, upcoming events and more. You can easily add them to the sides of your course pages or inside resources and activities.

We have so many different blocks to choose from to fit many different needs, so for a complete listing of our standard blocks, please click here.

Last modified: Friday, 27 May 2016, 8:56 AM