• Moodle for Faculty

    This course is designed to introduce you to Moodle and its basic features and functionalities. This course is arranged by topic and includes both text and video tutorials in each section. If you need additional help or resources, please start with the FAQs listed below. Happy Moodling!

    Moodle Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Getting Started

  • Adding Content

  • Assignment Activity

  • Turnitin Assignments

    Turnitin Assignment 2 is now Feedback Studio, which includes both Originality Checking and GradeMark. To get started, do the following: 

    • Click Add an activity or resource
    • Select Turnitin Assignment on the left and then Add
    • Add a name and summary for assignment
    • Select your preferences for Turnitin Advanced Options
    • Click Save and return to course

    For more information on how to use Turnitin, please review the link below or email instructionalservices@chatham.edu.

  • Forums Activity

  • Media Forums and VoiceThread

    VoiceThread is a totally web-based application that allows you to place collections of medial like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation.  VoiceThread allows people to make comments using any mix of annotations, text, audio and video. Below is an example.

    How to Use VoiceThread 

  • Quiz Activity

  • Additional Activities

    An activity is a general name for a group of features in a Moodle course. Usually an activity is something that a student will do that interacts with other students and or the teacher. There are 14 different types of activities in the standard Moodle that can be found on the "add an activity" drop down menu. Below are directions and examples of additional Moodle activities.

  • Gradebook

    The Gradebook in Moodle can help you organize and manage information about the students in your course. For example:

    • Students can view their own grades in individualized reports that protect student privacy.
    • You control which grades are visible to students, and when.
    • Course members with Teaching-Assistant (Non-editing Teacher) level access are considered graders and can enter scores.
    • When grades are awarded from within a Moodle activity, scores are automatically added to the gradebook.
    • Scores can also be manually added or edited (Overridden) in the gradebook.
    • Scores in the gradebook can be imported and exported. 
    • Moodle records a history of changes made in the gradebook allowing you to audit who made changes and when.

    How Grading Works in Moodle

    In order for Moodle to easily aggregate scores automatically, entries in the gradebook are numeric by default. (Letter grades can be displayed based on percentage using a grading scale you set up). The default score for each activity is 100. You can then control the weights of individual activities, or categories of activities, to aggregate a final score for the class. 

  • Course Organization

    There are two standard blocks on every page - the Navigation block and the Administration block. 

    The Navigation block provide easy access to view various sections of the Moodle site and includes

    • Dashboard- a personalized home page displaying links to the courses a user is associated with and activity information (such as unread forum posts and upcoming assignments)
    • My courses - expands to show courses the user is enrolled in.

    The Administration block provides you with easy access to change various settings of a Moodle site. It is the first place to look and trying to find a setting. Below are additional instructions on how to navigate in Moodle.  

  • Importing Content

    Course activities and resources may be imported from any other course that the teacher has editing permissions in. This will allow teachers to re-use instead of re-creating one or more activities or resources. Faculty should use the Import option in the Administration block if the material currently resides in Moodle. If you have a backup file (.mbz), you should use the Restore option in the Administration block. 

  • Creating Course Backups

    Courses are saving in Moodle for one full academic year. After the academic year, courses are removed from Moodle and stored on a backup system, however faculty are responsible for their own course backups. Directions are sent out each term to remind faculty to backup their courses. Please refer to the directions below on backing up the entire course, as well as exporting a copy of your gradebook. 

  • Technology Tutorials

    Hoonuit is an online software training resource for Chatham faculty, staff and students. Hoonuit provides training on over 250 of the most commonly used software applications, such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Moodle and many more. The site breaks down each application into manageable tasks and explains each task through a one- to three-minute tutorial. To access the site, first login to my.Chatham then look for Technology Tutorials (Hoonuit) in Quick Links under the calendar on the left. If prompted, please use your Chatham username and password.


  • McGraw Hill Connect

  • Panopto: Video Capture

    Panopto provides integrated video recording, live streaming, video management, and inside-video search. Panopto can be added to any Moodle course and can be accessed by going to http://chatham.hosted.panopto.com.