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Basic information

ICT Competency Moodle is a learning management system (LMS) designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised and collaborative learning environments.
Educational application and relevance Moodle provides and on-line platform for collaborative learning. It empowers teachers to set-up courses, provide learning resources and activities for the course and assess learners. Teachers and learners can share ideas and experiences using the on-line discussion forums in Moodle.
Version Currently using 4.2.2
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The application on mobiles and tablets It is a web based application, and can be accessed through a browser on any device supporting browsing.

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Install Moodle app on your phone

Since Moodle is an Free and Open source application and it is available for smart phone, download Moodle mobile app from google play store.

  • After downloading the "Application" just you need to follow the steps & install the Moodle App in your smartphone.
  • When the installation is complete login to the "App" through the "Moodle ID" & "Password" provided.

Working with Moodle

Moodle is a free and open Learning Management System (LMS). You can configure any number of courses on Moodle. You can categorise courses as required.

Logging in from Web browser

Make sure you have received your credentials before you try to login to your moodle account. If you have the credentials, then on top right as mentioned in the above image (Karnataka Education server Moodle main page) --> click 'login'.

It shows the "Moodle login screen". Give your credentials here and click 'Login'. Once you login, you can access the list of enrolled courses and you will see your initials on the top right corner of the screen.

Watch this below animation to know detailed steps to login to Moodle course page

Configure your Moodle app

First you need to Install the Moodle Mobile App from the Apple App (Phone user) Store OR the Google Play Store (Android user).

  1. In the first Welcome to the Moodle app! screen you need to click on I'M A LEARNER.
  2. You will need to enter in the Moodle website address: https://karnatakaeducation.org.in/lms/, click on "connect".
  3. In next screen, enter your moodle username and password (which shared from course faculty).

After logging in to Moodle App, we can find the home screen as shown in screenshot 1, to access the courses we're enrolled to click on the NAVIGATION button. The list if the courses enrolled will be displayed as shown in Screenshot 2, if we want to download courses to our storage. We can even download the courses from Moodle to phone storage by clicking the Settings/Options on top of the Smartphone screen.

Above screenshot shows on steps to access to BigBlueButton through Moodle App.

How to reset your Moodle ID and password on Phone

When you forget your Moodle ID or Password, it can be reset by following the below steps as shown in screenshots.

How to reset your Moodle ID and password on browser

If you have forgot your password or simply if you want to reset your password, then in the login screen you can click on the option "Lost password?". This gets you to another page where it asks for either username or email address (the one that has been given while creating your moodle account). Once you either of this, you can reset the password.

Moodle Home page

As we can see in the above image, Moodle contains the following options,

  • Home, the home screen of Moodle https://karnatakaeducation.org.in/lms
  • Dashboard, shows the recently accessed courses, timeline and calendar
  • My courses, shows the list of courses the user is enrolled for.
  • Site administration, shows the options to administer the settings in moodle

A course is a space on a Moodle site where teachers can add the content (learning materials) and activities (pedagogy) for their students. A teacher may be a faculty for more than one course, a course may include more than one teacher and more than one group of learners.

Both teachers and students have to be 'registered' for a course (as 'teacher' or as 'student'), this role configuration is done by the Moodle administrator.

Faculty view in Moodle

Since the moodle is a participant-faculty course transaction platform both of them will have separate rights in terms of technical features. Faculty would have more options to edit the course in variety of ways whereas a participant will have limited rights over any kind of modification.

Editing sections

Once you have a new blank course or once you have enrolled as teacher for any course, you can start working on it by turning on the 'edit' button enabled on top right of your screen. Only faculty will have rights to edit the course contents, including adding resources and activities. This option is not available for students. This is the key to edit the entire course. Once you hit this 'edit' option, it takes a second of time to refresh the page and enables all the other editing afterwards.

The course could contain a number of units or topics or sections. By default the course could contain a few. Later, the faculty can add or remove the required and unnecessary sections respectively. If you click on three vertical dots on a topic it shows the following options:

  • Edit topic : Allows to edit the topic
  • Highlight : Highlighted topic gets attention among the number of topics
  • Hide topic : The topic gets hidden to students
  • Move : Moves the topic to the some other position
  • Delete topic : Deletes the entire topic

You can embed your files, images or videos by dragging and dropping the file to the summary section. You can also adjust the size of the file.

A topic or section can have some set of related materials. To edit the topic, click on three dots on right side of the topic --> Click "Edit topic".

You will get another screen. By default it shows some topic name. To edit the topic heading, check mark "Custom" to give your custom heading for your section.

Start adding section summary under the summary box (you can copy paste from an existing text document also). Use the top 'basic formatting' toolbar to format your text, you can bold or italicize your text and perform basic text editing functions.

Under the restrict section, you can restrict the access to the page as in the screen shot below.

Once you have completed your editing and added the text, images, videos in the section, you should click on "save changes" button to save your content under that section.

Adding the resources

A resource is an item that a teacher can use to support learning, such as a file or web link.

There are two ways you can add resources to the course page. Either embedding the resource directly to the section or adding the resources to the course section.

Embedding the resource directly in the section

In the topic 'edit' mode, you will be seen variety of resources such as image, video, recording an audio, links etc that gets directly embedded to the page itself.
For example, web links can be provided directly in the section itself. You can give the link directly or 'embed' the link to existing text (which will show as a hyperlink). You can also embed images and videos directly on the section page, by providing the URL where the image or video file is stored (using the Insert -> Media option).

By selecting the words highlighted in the above screenshot & clicking the 'link' symbol, one more ‘pop – window’ will appear where you can paste the website link for quick access while reading a particular paragraph, for the students. Above is the screenshot on how to add the “hyperlink” to particular section of "text" by adding the Moodle LMS hyperlink.

In addition to this, you can also embed other multimedia resources such as image, audio, video etc. To embed any content first it should be uploaded to the moodle server. To do that, click on the element to be added. It shows a page where there will be an option named "Browse repositories". Click that. It further shows another window to 'upload a file', click browse. Choose the file in your local system. Click 'upload this file' option.

Adding resource to the course main page

The resources can also be added to the course main page. To add resources like files, folder, URLs or to create a book, assignment submission, choose the section in your course homepage where you would like it to appear and click on the "Add an activity or resource" available in that section and then select the type of resources you are going to add, from the list. This can be any file you have, which you will upload to Moodle and provide as a resource in this section.

Click on the type of resource you want to add to the page, it will be redirected to the corresponding resource page.

You can also search for the particular kind of activity or resource to the page. A resource could be any kind of 'material' that the faculty wants to share with the students where as activity is the methods to conduct the assessments.

Adding Activities

Moodle supports a range of different activities that allow you to insert to any section. You can add interactive exercises for your students.

To add a activities like quiz, discussion forum, attendances, forms and surveys turn on your editing. Choose the section in your course homepage where you'd like it to appear and click on the "Add an activity or resource" then select the type of activities you are going to add into section from the list (for example: Quiz).


Once you click on any activity, you will be redirected to the settings of that activity as shown in the above screenshot.

  • General
    • Name : Type the name for your activity link, it will create a link which students will click on to view the file. It will be helpful to give it a name that suggests its purpose / contents.
    • Description : Add a description of your activity if required.
    • Display description on the course page : If this box is ticked, the description will appear on the course page just below the name of the activity.
  • Timing
    • Open the quiz and Close the quiz : Students can only start their attempt(s) after the open time and they must complete their attempts before the close time.
    • Time limit : If enabled, the time limit is stated on the initial quiz page and a countdown timer is displayed in the quiz navigation block.

Once the all the settings have been filled out as required and saved, the activity will appear at the bottom of the section.

You can move any activity around in the course with the move buttons while in 'edit' mode. In the 'Question behaviour', you can shuffle the questions. You will also find variety of options in 'Review options' to customize the quiz according to your choice.

Moodle supports a range of different activities that allow you to insert to any section. You can add interactive questions for the other students in the course. Once done, you can click on 'Save and return to course'. You can 'Add question', in the 'Quiz' option. In the new page, 'Add a new question'. You can select the question type. Click 'Add'.

Question category is a collection of questions belonging to the some group, question name is a unique identifier to define a question, question text is the place where faculty could add the actual question and format the text using tools if required. This section is followed by number of choices. The general settings vary as per the question type the faculty selects.


Assignment helps course creators to give assignments to course participants. The participants can submit assignments in the form of text by typing in text editor or by they can upload their digitally created content. Creators can download the submissions.

Assignment can be made available till a particular date by using the section 'Availability' section in the settings. Faculty can set due date, cut off date, reminder etc.

'Submission type' specifies what kind of submission the faculty is expecting. It could be either online text where student might enter some descriptive answer or share the public link of their assignment or may be it is the submission of file or document or may be even both.


The forum activity allows students and teachers to exchange ideas by having discussions on any topic. Any teacher or student registered for the course can initiate a new topic, can post comments or respond to available discussions on any topic. The discussions for a topic are automatically shown as as part of a 'thread' by Moodle.

There are several forum types to choose from, such as a standard forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time; a forum where each student can post exactly one discussion; or a question and answer forum where students must first post before being able to view other students' posts. A teacher can allow files to be attached to forum posts. Any images attached in the forum post are displayed.

The forums have many uses, such as

  • A social space for students to get to know each other
  • For course announcements (using a news forum with forced subscription, where only faculty can post)
  • For discussing course content or reading materials
  • For continuing on-line an issue raised previously in a face-to-face session

To add discussion topic click on the add "an activity or resource" option and select forum option from the activities list.

Under the "general" section type your discussion topic and under the "attachments and word count" you can limit the size of the attachment and word counts and number of attachments etc.

After you complete the editing, click on "Save and display" to display third discussion thread under your selected section. Once faculty clicks on 'Add discussion topic', you can type the 'Subject', 'Message' regarding the topic. Click 'Post of forum'. In the 'Forum' option you can find your topic, students will click on that topic, to initiate the discussion. In the 'Replies' option, faculty can see the number of replies. Students can start replying to a topic / discussion by simply clicking on the 'reply' option.

Also there is a control menu which enables users to participate in the forums with word count and attachment size. This will help maintain the course with optimum sized files.


Questionnaire module will help course creators to give quizzes, data collection etc.

To add a questionnaire, click on "Add an activity/resource" and select "Questionnaire".

You can control response actions and also activity completion which gives more control to the creator/moderators.

Once you create 'Questionnaire' activity, it shows faculty an option to 'Add questions'. By clicking on that they will be able to add different types of questions. The settings will vary according the type of question.

After you finish configuring your questionnaire, click on save and display to show the questionnaire or click on save and return to the course.

Tracking attendance

The Attendance module is designed for faculty to be able take attendance during class, and for students to be able to view their own attendance record.

A teacher can mark the attendance status of a student as "Present", "Absent", "Late", or "Excused". These status descriptions are configurable, and more can be added. The teacher adds Attendance as an activity of a course, and then sets up the sessions whose attendance is to be tracked. To create course attendance go to any section and click an "Add an activity or resource".

The sessions for the attendance activity could be flexible. As and when faculty starts the session also they can modify it according to the situation. It can even be created for the entire semester or year with a few clicks.

Once a session is created the session details will be shown, as shown in the above image. It will have the session date, time, type and description of the session. In addition, it will have a 'play' icon which shows the faculty student list along with the status of attendance. This icon is followed by a settings option and delete session option.

Advanced Activities


Multi-lingual offering of courses

The multi-language content filter enables resources to be created in multiple languages. Moodle by default will be in English and for running any local languages, language packages need to install in your server (This will be done by your web admin).

Login to your course and on the top right side of the screen your profile initial, it shows a list of options. Here, you can select the language which you want see your course.

How to add a new course

If a faculty wants to add/create a ‘New course’ to the Moodle page below are the steps:

  • Click on 'Site administration' in faculty login --> Courses --> Add a new course.
  • Course full name, short name, category, start date and end date can be added
  • Course format section specifies the kind of format faculty would like to have in their course.

Student view in Moodle

This page will help you to navigate around your course as student. Once the faculty enrolls you to a course, you can browse all the course content from the Moodle site.

Student/User information

Most courses will allow the student to see profile of the login user from the top right side. This block will allow the student to see information about themselves in the course.

Course navigation

In the main page, you can see "My courses" option. This list would contain the courses only that particular student have enrolled for. By clicking on any course that a student enrolled with, they could access the content.

Click here to see the tutorial on how access course content from Moodle mobile app.

Participating in activities

Under every section of the course, faculty will give some activities to be completed by students. Activities may be quizzes, assignments, checklists and also discussion topics. Click on the activity to participate in it.

Participating in discussion forum

Under the first general section you have to click on the "General discussion forum" link to see all the discussion topics. To reply to any topic, click on the topic and type your reply by clicking on the reply link under others replies. Under every reply text input box, also it will allow you to upload your files if needed.

In addition to responding to the existing topic, you can create new discussion topic by clicking on "Add a new discussion topic".
Also, click here to see the video tutorial on how to participate in discussion forum in mobile app.

Note: The discussion forum need not be in any particular place. It may be an activity under a particular unit also.

Participating in assignments activity

If the activity is assignments, you have click on the title of the activity to read the full assignment and click on "add submission" it will open "online text section" and "file submission" sections, under online text section directly you can give text input of your assignment. In file submission section you can upload any files like images, text files, audio’s etc.

In these courses you can upload files up to 500 KB size as assignment. If you want to upload files which are more than 500KB, you can use google drive to upload your files and give the link here under online text input section. Once you finish your inputs click on "Save changes" to submit your assignment.

Note : - If you want submit any of the video you have created, use YouTube to upload it and give the video link under online text input section.

Click here to see video about assignment submission on Moodle mobile app.

Accessing the resources

The students can access the resources which are posted by the teacher & given permission for downloading to the students.

Advanced features

  • Adding content in the course page

For adding other language content into any section, after you enable the editing option and select click on edit -> edit topic.

Once the section open with edit option, for adding Kannada text in to the section just add {mlang kn} ('kn' means Kannada, replace this with your language) before your text began and at the end of your text just add {mlang}. follow the same steps for any other language which is already installed in your Moodle server.

  • Tracking activities of students
  • Tracking assessments and grading assessments
  • Quizzes for ongoing assessment
  • Event tracking using calendar