Getting Started in Moodle

Below is a list of resources you may use to build your face-to-face course in Moodle in the event your course needs to be moved online. Many of the resources include links to Learn@Illinois Moodle – Instructor Help with directions for how to implement these items in your course site. If any of the links below do not answer your question, ATLAS IT Services is an excellent place to turn to in addition to Moodle Docs. You may also reach out to ATLAS (Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts & Sciences) at

Announcements Forum

The Moodle Announcements forum is a great way to get time-sensitive information to students. Review the links below for resources on how to create, send, and edit important announcements and information to your students.


File Uploads (Word, PPT, PDF)

There are a number of reasons you may want to share files with your students. Depending on the file type and the reason for sharing, there are a few ways you can add files to your course site in an accessible and easily navigable way.

Video File Uploads/Mashups/Kaltura/Illinois Media Space

If you plan to upload a video you own or created to your course, we recommend using the Mashup tool to add a video via Kaltura/Illinois Media Space. Read more information on uploading videos to Kaltura/Illinois Media Space.

  • Save PowerPoint Presentation as a Video – NOTE: Although you can attach a recorded PPT as a video, we recommend using the Mashup tool to add video to your course site. For directions on how to do this, see the Creating a Mashup Item Using the Text Editor link.

Live Sessions and Virtual Office

Using Zoom you can hold live, synchronous sessions online, manage your students during sessions, and record class participation. 

In addition to Zoom, campus has access to Collaborate Ultra (until June 2020). You can add both Zoom and Collaborate Ultra as Tool links in your navigation menu. For directions on how to do this, see the link below.

Assignments, Quizzes/Tests, Discussion Boards


If you need to add grades that were previously tracked elsewhere for your face-to-face course, we recommend that you add a single column and enter all of the previous points as one score in that column. If you have weighted grades, you can add multiple manual columns and set the weighted percentages for each.

Additional Assistance

Additional online tutorials and dates for training workshops can be found on the Training and Support pages. For further support in this area, contact