Activities and resources

Content in Moodle is divided into activities and resources. In the simplest form, resources are for students to read or otherwise consume, and activities are things for students to do.

Moodle activities

Moodle activities are items that allow student interaction or participation, and can support collaborative learning and teaching. Moodle activities can be used to gather student opinions, check their understanding or have them share with each other.

Some Moodle activities have grading enabled. Once created, a grade item will automatically be created in the Moodle Gradebook Setup. Marks and feedback can be recorded and shared with students.

Some Moodle activities allow you to set due dates, deadlines or closing times. This allows you to scaffold learning and structure your assessments throughout the teaching period.

Moodle activities as well as resources should be utilised within the unit page to provide one central location for all unit materials as well as varied learning activities to support the student’s learning experience.

Moodle resources

Moodle resources provide ways to share information - students can read/watch/download information. You can use Moodle resources to share text, images, video, or even external links. You can also use Moodle resources to customise the look of your Moodle unit. All unit materials should be provided via Moodle to ensure easy access for all students.

Student access to past activities and resources

Students who have completed their Moodle unit with a pass mark can access resources and activities in previous units but not submit, post or take part in them. Below are the default permissions granted to access previous unit content. If required, this can be modified by a lecturer or designer at the unit level or by a Moodle administrator at the category level. For more information, see Restrict access to a resource or activity.

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How to navigate this resource

You can use the tabs on the left-hand side menu to navigate between the sections or click on the links below:

  1. The Quick start section will provide you with some key information to get you started.
  2. The How-to section provides you with instructions and/or strategies to implement in your teaching.
  3. The Supporting your students section provides you with key strategies for creating a good learning experience and a list of resources to share.
  4. The Related resources section provides you with additional resources.

Education Performance Standards Framework

The Education Performance Standards identify the expectations of education practice at Monash – See the Education Performance Standards for more details.

Impact on student learning

Impact on educational knowledge

Impact on educational environment

Effective teaching and learning

Responsive program design

Student- centred orientation

Professional learning engagement

Pedagogical content knowledge

Education research performance

Education innovation

Education leadership



You could address these Practice Elements by providing evidence of how you:

  • Optimised asynchronous learning through the effective use of Moodle activities and resources
  • Improved communication and feedback through the effective use of Moodle activities and resources

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