Preparing your Moodle course for Spring 2013

This post was originally written by Roger Gant in 2012, and has been modified for the 2013 Spring term.

Spring is here!  alligator

There are three important steps to get every Moodle course ready. The following steps will make it easier for you to email your students and verify everyone has access to your Moodle course. This post includes steps to:

  1. Add the Quickmail block to your courses so you can email students
  2. Enroll and remove students in your Moodle course
  3. Make your Moodle course available to students

1) Add the Quickmail block

Quickmail allows you to communicate with your students via email.

1A) Make sure editing is on (click on the “Turn editing on” button or link)

1B) Look for the “Add a block” tool at the bottom on the left side of the screen

1C) Click on the dropdown menu and select “Quickmail”

Quickmail menu

1D) The Quickmail block will now appear above “Add a block”

Quickmail is added

1E) If you want to move the block, click on the blue plus sign in the Quickmail block, then click in the pink rectangle where you want to put the block

2) Check your roster

OnTrack contains the official roster, so reconcile your Moodle roster with OnTrack.

2A) On the left under Course Administration, click on Users, then click on “Enrolled users” this will show the current roster in your course.

Enrolled users

2B) If you need to remove someone, click on the red X on the far right beside the name of the person you want to remove

2C) If you want to add someone, click on the “Enroll User” button at the top right

2D) Type their username or last name in the search box, hit “Enter” on your keyboard; this will bring up a list of those who match this criteria

2E) Click on the “Enroll” button beside their name

2F) Repeat for any additional users you want to add to the course

2G) Click on the “Finish Enrolling Users” button at the bottom of the Enroll Users box; the students should now appear in your course

3) Make your course available

Students can’t see your course until you make it available.

3A) On the left under Course Administration, click on “Edit Settings”

Edit settings

3B) Scroll down until you see “Availability”

3C) Select “This course is available to students”  in the drop down box


3D) Scroll to the bottom and click on “Save changes”


For more Moodle resources, including training dates and tutorials, click on the “Home” link at the top of your Moodle page.

Moodle Home


Cheri Crabb, PhD

Cheri Crabb, PhD

I am dedicated to working with online faculty at Elon University and pride myself on designing quality curriculum advocating instructional technology usage. My career in academia is focused on instructional design and development using integrated electronic media systems. I earned my Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Systems Design and Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University while representing NASA’s Office of Education as their first Graduate Studies Research Program doctoral fellowship recipient.

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