Checklist: Start of Semester [Faculty]


At the beginning of each term, there are several items to think about as you prepare to teach using Moodle ISU. We have put together a list of questions to help guide you through the initial steps of setting up your Moodle ISU course.

This Guide Will Help You to answer the following:

When will I be able to start work on my Moodle ISU course?

Moodle ISU courses become available as the course schedule is created at the Registrar's office and faculty are assigned. In General:

  • February 1st, Summer courses are available.
  • April 1st, Fall courses are available
  • November 1st, Spring courses are available.

If the expected day falls under a weekend or holiday, the process to make the courses available in Moodle will be completed on the next business day. A delay is also plausible if there are frequent amendments that happen between the course schedule and Moodle courses. 

Courses that you have access to will appear in your Course Overview list. Using the Courses tab, courses are divided by In progress, Future, and Past. Once the semester begins, your current courses can be located in the In progress area.

[Note: Courses from previous semesters will be located in the Course tab under the Past area. They will appear with gray lettering to indicate that they are not available to students. The ITRC holds on to courses for two years and four weeks i.e Fall 2016 courses will no longer be available after the fourth week of the Fall 2018 term].

For more information, contact ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

How do I request a course prior to the scheduled course offering?

If you want to begin developing your course before the Moodle ISU courses have been created, you may want to request a development course. A development course allows you to work on the content of your course, but will not enroll students.

To request a development course, see Special Course Request Form

When your moodle course is automatically created at the beginning of the term, you will need to move the content to the course where the students are enrolled.

For more information, see Backing up and Restoring a Moodle ISU Course [Faculty] and Importing Content into a New Moodle ISU Course [Faculty]

Do you need a metacourse?

A metacourse combines several sections of the same course into one Moodle ISU course. This is helpful for instructors teaching multiple sections of the same course, cross-listed courses, and combined undergraduate/graduate courses.

For more information contact ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

To request a metacourse, see Metacourse Request Form

Do you want to use content from a previous course?

Once you have set up a Moodle course, you may reuse the content in future courses using the Backup/Restore process.

It is recommended that you create a backup of your course content at the end of each term.  This backup can be restored into future courses as needed. For more information regarding the Moodle course archive policy for previous semester courses, see Archive Policies.

The restore process will import components from another Moodle ISU course into an existing course on the same instance of Moodle. This process is helpful for transferring content from a previous course into your current course.

For more information, see Backing up and Restoring a Moodle ISU Course [Faculty]

Do you have a video or distance class, and would like to have the lectures from that class encoded and linked in your Moodle ISU course?

Classes taught in video classrooms may be encoded (recorded) and added to your Google Drive.

For more information about this process, see Access Video Classroom Recording form

Do you have older media from the video classrooms that you still need?

Media files, such as previous semester encoded lectures, narrated presentations, podcasts and similar files have been relocated to the Google Drive .

To gain access to these files, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

Do you have any media files that you would like to use in your Moodle ISU course?

Media files, such as podcasts and similar files are large files and can make restoring course content cumbersome, as well as making your Moodle ISU course slow for your students.

Media files should be placed on Google Drive to streamline your course. For assistance in linking your Google Drive videos to your course, see Linking videos from Google Drive to Moodle ISU.

Media files can also be place on external video storage sites such as YouTube or Vimeo.  For more information regarding YouTube uploading, see Upload videos

For more information about these options, contact ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

For Copyright Policy information, see our Copyright Policy

Does your content need updating?

Once your content has been moved to your new course, you will want to do the following:

Are you ready to add another component to your Moodle ISU course? Is there an activity or assignment that doesn't quite work the way you would like?

Check out the On-Demand Training to schedule a workshop offered by the ITRC, or Schedule an appointment, or stop by our drop-in lab in room B17 in the Library.

For more information, see Moodle ISU Guides

Seek Further Assistance

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


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