Moodle Mayhem

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On this page, you'll find some presentations I've prepared, links to articles, Moodle tips, and notes from conference/workshop sessions I've attended regarding Moodle. All is shared under CC-NC-SA-Attrib copyright.Subscribe via RSS to this Page - external image rss.gif

Moodle Setup Video Tutorials

Note: Videos are in MP4 format; I'll be adding more as time allows. Don't expect perfection, these are rough but capture the main thrust. Please feel free to download and load these up in different places, remix, etc. Shared under CC-NC-SA-Attrib copyright.

Windows Computer

  1. Setup of XAMPP on Windows
  2. Getting ready for Moodle - Create the database, user account who will access it.
  3. Install Moodle - Copying files to the appropriate location
  4. Install Moodle - Web installation
  5. Part 1 - Add themes
  6. Part 2 - Adding Themes
  7. Add courses you get from others
  8. Backing Up Your Moodle Installation - Folders and Database (w/SQLYog)

Moodle Tips Videos
  1. Embedding Animoto Video in Moodle - Read Moodle Tip

Videos of Moodle in Education

These videos were either created by folks sharing about Moodle.
  1. Mary "MoodleFairy" Cooch
  2. Moodle in San Antonio ISD
  3. Look-n-See: Moodle in SAISD

Sample Moodle Courses

Note that the backed up courses listed first below have been graciously shared by San Antonio ISD Office of Instructional Technology & Learning Services (ITLS) at under Creative Commons Copyright SA-NC-Attribution. You can restore them by first saving them to your computer, then clicking RESTORE from within a Moodle course.

Moodle Workshop Sessions

  1. How to Setup Your Own Moodle (BYOL) - Participants will learn how-to setup a server for Moodle use, discuss best case scenarios and more. In this bring your own laptop session, you'll learn 2 things: 1) how to install Moodle from scratch and 2) organize your Moodle implementation to accommodate future growth. This is a hands-on session you can do with the facilitator or follow along with to gain a better understanding of how easy it is to use Moodle. You will also explore organization of your Moodle so as to avoid mistakes first-timers make when setting up Moodle for their school district.
  2. Exploring Possibilities for Moodle and Adult Learners: In this 45-minute session, you get to walkthrough what is possible in using Moodle for online professional learning. You will have the opportunity to discuss how to best organize online learning for adult learners, discuss Moodle can enhance online learning, criteria for an online course, and receive a template for professional learning. Includes Online Learning Course Design Checklist.
  3. Moodle and Multimedia: Learn how you can use multimedia resources--including Web 2.0--to enhance your Moodle's virtual teaching and learning environment. Participants will see 3 ways in which multimedia can be enabled for Moodle and learn how to 1) add audio/video to their Moodle for playback; 2) Add cartoons to their Moodle; 3) Embed external content from popular web sites like, for audio slideshows and/or digital stories, as well as GoogleDocs for surveys and charts.
  4. Create Questionnaires and Task-based Activities with Hot Potatoes - This session introduces you to TWO fantastic tools--1) Questionnaire Module and 2) Hot Potatoes. If you've ever wondered how to quickly conduct surveys, Moodle's questionnaire module enables you to quickly design a survey, share it with others, and then graphs the data for you with horizontal, multi-colored bar charts. What's more, if you want to download the data for further number crunching in Excel--which is great for students to work with--you and/or your students can save the raw data to open in popular spreadsheet programs.Using Half Baked Software's Hot Potatoes tool (which is free and available for Windows and Macintosh), teachers can design multiple-choice quizzes, text-entry quizzes, jumbled-word exercises, crosswords, fill in the blank exercises, and matching exercises quickly and easily. These activities are automatically scored in Moodle--saving the teacher the effort--and grades put into the gradebook.
  5. Practical Moodle Tips for Technology Administrators: Participants will learn practical tips for enhancing their Moodle for K-12 district use. This hands-on workshop will involve customization of a Moodle on the administrative side.
  6. 8 Tips for Successful Online Course Facilitation: Participants will learn about and prepare an online Moodle course that encompasses the 8 tips to successful online course facilitation. A sample Moodle course--exemplifying the tips--will be shared with participants.
  7. Wikis in Moodle: Participants will have a hands-on introduction to wikis and Moodle, as well as how wikis might be used successfully with students.
  8. Learning the Moodle Mambo - Constructing Online Learning Environments for K-12 Learners: Participants will be introduced to Moodle and how to best setup a Moodle course for use with students. In this introductory course to facilitating online learning, teachers will 1) learn the nuts and bolts of Moodle, an online course management system; 2) Learn how to engage students with discussions, games, quizzes, movies and podcasts; 3) Use Moodle to put lessons online and grade them from anywhere, anytime; 4) Turn Moodle into your very own one-stop shopping spot for your lessons.
  9. Podcast Panopoly
  10. Interactive Learning Tools

Published Articles/Blog Entries

  1. How to Manage Your District's Online Learning Opportunities (Education World)
  2. 5 Essential Technology Tools for Administrators (Education World)
  3. Doing the Moodle Mambo
  4. Moodle Habitudes: Constructing Online Learning Environments
  5. Book Review - Moodle 1.9: E-Learning Course Development by William Rice
  6. Why Moodle? A few reasons culled from around the Web using Google
  7. Moodle-izing Your Education Enterprise (Education World 03/2009)
  8. Practical Moodle Tips for Technology Administrators (Education World, 05/2009)
  9. Part 2 - Engaging Learners Online: Building Online Professional Learning Environments (MassCUE, Fall, 2009)
  10. Part 1 - Engaging Learners Online: Picking the Lock on the Classroom Door (MassCUE, Spring, 2009)
  11. 8 Tips for Successful Online Course Facilitation (TechEdge, Summer, 2009)

Moodle Tips Series

Moodle Tips Roundup - a list of tips I've picked up in my Moodle journey. Here's the list organized by Administration or Instructional Applications of Moodle:


  1. Session Cookies - Have more than one moodle on your server? here's how to keep them from fighting over the cookies!
  2. Adding a Photo Gallery - Walks through adding a photo gallery to your Moodle. Quite easy to use and impressive tool available.
  3. Removing "Topic Outline" and "Available Courses" from your Moodle - It can be annoying to see these words appear where you don't want them. Here are several approaches.
  4. Empowering Teachers to Create/Delete Users - Give teachers the authority only administrators have to create and remove students from their course, without giving them full admin rights.
  5. Quick Backup of a Moodle Database - Some tips on backing up your Moodle, especially on a Mac, using no-cost tools.
  6. Keeping Moodle Safe - Some accumulated tips on how to protect your Moodle against spam, etc.
  7. Moodle Cron Job Automation - Cron jobs make Moodle go. Find out how here.
  8. Handling Student Accounts and Email - Here are some suggestions on what to do about managing student accounts and email.
  9. 3 Tips for RSS Feeds - Want RSS feeds for your discussion forums? Want to remix Moodle Feeds or pull in remote RSS feeds? This is the entry to read!
  10. Moodle-Google Integration - Find out about how to integrate Moodle and Google, to simplify account management for students and educators using GoogleApps for Education.
  11. Finding Moodle Hosts - Can't host Moodle on your own server? Use one on the web.
  12. Copying Content from One Course to Another - A walkthrough of how to import content from one course to another. Saves time and energy to do it this way!
  13. Reducing Spam Risk with reCaptcha and Spam Domain list - Some things you can do to protect against spam if you have to do email authentication/self-registration in Moodle.
  14. Free Themes for Moodle - As soon as I installed Moodle, I started looking for ways to "liven" it up and found a treasure trove of free themes.
  15. Enabling Embedding of Video Playlists - This upcoming tutorial shows you where to click to enable TeacherTube, YouTube videos, etc. and videos from various providers in your Moodle sidebar (or anywhere).
  16. RSS Feed Consolidation - This tip shows you how to take multiple Moodle Forum RSS feeds and consolidate them into one using free services, either as a new RSS feed to share or to display content.
  17. Embedding FLV Videos in Moodle Labels, HTML Pages - This tip documents how to enable the multimedia filter so that FLVs can be embedded in Labels and HTML Resources.
  18. Print from Any Page in Moodle - This tip documents how to set it up so you can print from various Moodle pages. It all depends on how much trouble you want to go through when updating Moodle.
  19. Optimizing Your Moodle MySQL Tables - Ever notice Moodle running slow? Maybe it's your Moodle's MySQL database need to be optimized. This tip walks you through the process.
  20. Turning Off Moodle's Messaging Service - Sometimes, messaging can be a distraction in Moodle. Learn how to turn it off.
  21. Changing from User Authentication settings--from External DBase to Manual--en masse - This tip allows you to bulk-change user authentication settings that may need changing.
  22. Top Moodle Blocks, Filters, and Modules - Enhancing Moodle is all well and good but how do you know what enhancements to make? Here are a few that I prefer and I'm open to suggestions.
  23. Embedding Animoto Video in Your Moodle - A quick tutorial on how to embed video from Animoto into Moodle, including screenshots as well.


  1. 10 Instructional Use Scenarios for Moodle - The following is a list of some of what you can do with Moodle, the free, open source course management system.
  2. Timed Posts in Moodle Discussion Forums - This tip shares how to mark a discussion forum post so that it appears at a specific future date rather than immediately.
  3. The Value of Separate Groups in Moodle Course Organization - This tip shows you how to use Separate Groups feature with their own enrollment key to teach multiple classes using ONE course, rather than backing up and restoring courses for each class.
  4. Recording Audio into Moodle Discussion Posts - Learn how to record audio into discussion forum postings using specialized module.
  5. Learn How to Import ExamView Test Questions into Moodle Quiz Activity - This tip allows you to easily import ExamView content into Moodle Quiz Activity, great for working with prepackaged assessments. Includes video and screenshots.

More are being added, so be sure to visit the Moodle Tips Roundup web site


Moodle Habitudes

This presentation was shared at Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA2009) and ESC-20's TechFiesta2009.

School District Affiliated Presentation Resources

San Antonio ISD

This presentation was shared at the April, 2009 Regional Technology Directors' Meeting in San Antonio, Tx

Presentation Notes from Moodle Sessions I've Attended

Other Awesome Moodle Resources

That said, my list of paltry offerings is far from complete. To accomplish a complete list, it is important to consider the work of folks who have been using Moodle for many years. Here are a few of them:

Moodle Bloggers

Moodle Videos (Tutorials and Positive Stories)

Examples Of Moodle Web Sites

Video Tutorials on Moodle

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