Add an Activity in Moodle ISU [Faculty]


A number of different types of activities can be added to your Moodle ISU course. Activities generally require an action from the student, such as submitting an assignment, completing a survey, or taking a quiz. Most activities also have grading functionality.

This Guide Will Help You to:

  • Identify types of activities

  • Add an Activity

  • Seek further assistance

Identify types of activities

Activities that can be added to your course include:

  • Assignments- Allows instructors to communicate tasks, collect work, and provide grades and feedback.

  • Attendance- Allows instructors to track students who are present, late, absent, excused, or any other attendance criteria.  

  • Book-The Book resource makes it easy to create multi-page resources with a book-like format.

  • Chat- Allows participants to have a real-time discussion via the web.

  • Choice- The Choice activity allows you to ask a question and set up radio buttons that learners can click to make a selection from a number of possible responses. 

  • Curriculum Builder- This allows you to easily create custom reading lists for your Moodle courses by simply searching for the journal articles that you would like and adding them to a list. [Third-Party]

  • Database- Allows faculty and/or students to build, display and search a bank of record entries.

  • External Tools- Allows users to interact with LTI-compliant learning resources and activities on other websites.

  • Feedback- Allows faculty to survey student responses to a set of questions.

  • File- Allows an easy way for a teacher to present materials to their students such as word-processed documents or slideshow presentations.

  • Forum- Allows students and faculty to exchange ideas by having an asynchronous discussion.

  • Glossary- Allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions.

  • H5P-Allows faculty access to lots of different interactive content types

  • IMS content package stores chunks of material in a standard format which can be re-used in different systems, without having to convert the material into new formats.

  • Label- A label serves as a spacer on a Moodle course page. It can be used to add text, images, multimedia, or code in between other resources in the different sections. understanding.

  • Lesson- Can be used to create a learning module with a linear or branched path through the content. Questions can be added along the way to assess student

  • Page-A page resource creates a link to a screen that displays the content created by the faculty.

  • Quiz- Allows faculty to create online tests using a large variety of question types.

  • SCORM Package- Allows faculty to upload any SCORM or AICC package to include in the course.

  • Survey- Provides a number of verified survey instruments that can be used to collect student responses.

  • Turnitin- instructors to create an assignment and evaluate the originality of student's submitted work. A grade for each student will be automatically passed back to the Moodle grade book. [Third-Party]

  • URL-Faculty can use the URL resource to provide their students with web links for research, saving the student time and effort in manually typing out the address.

  • Wiki- This is a web page (or series of web pages) that can be created individually or collaboratively.

  • Workshop- A peer assessment activity with many options. There are two grade options for a student: their own work and their peer assessments of other students' work.

  • Zoom Meeting- Allows teachers and students to engage in a live synchronous online environment using a variety of tools. [Third-Party]

Add an activity

  1. Locate the Week or section in which you wish to add the activity.

  2. Click Add an activity or resource.


  1. Select the activity you wish to add.


You will be taken to the setup page for the activity that you choose. Settings vary for each activity.  

Edit an activity

  1. Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview

  2. From the Edit dropdown menu next to the activity, select Edit settings.


Note: You can also edit the settings for activity by clicking on the activity and clicking Edit settings in the Admin Gear Menu.

The original setup page will appear with the options that were previously selected. Scroll down and alter any settings that you wish to change.

To save:

  1. Click Save and display to be taken to the activity.

  2. Click Save and return to the course to be taken to the course homepage.

  3. Click Cancel to not save any changes.


Seek Further Assistance

For additional assistance please contact, ITRC at (208) 282 5880 or

For more information please visit,  Activities

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