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

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.  

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

  • Choice- Allows instructors to ask a question and set up a radio button in which students will make a selection based on the available options. 

  • Curriculum Builder- Allows instructors 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. Questions regarding Curriculum Builder can be sent to

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

  • External tool- 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.

  • 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- This allows teachers to create content like interactive videos, quizzes, and presentations.

  • 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 understanding.

  • 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 which 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 gradebook. [Third-Party] 

  • Wiki- This is a web page (or series of webpages) 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. Toggle editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview


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

  2. Click Add an activity or resource.


  1. In the pop-up, you can choose to filter content by Activities or Resources. Select the Activities tab to view activities. Click on the activity you want to add. 


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

Edit an activity

  1. Toggle 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 an activity by clicking on the activity and clicking Settings in the Activity Navigation.

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 return to the course to be taken to the course homepage.

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

  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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