Moodle - Managing Course Settings


UW-Madison has adopted Canvas as its single, centrally supported learning management system. As of 6/1/2018, support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and most Moodle courses has been discontinued. Access to those courses has permanently ended. However, certain Moodle courses that are part of the Adanced Quizzing Content Functional Gaps project are still available on Moodle. Those courses are located on the Moodle Extension site.

This article gives information about the course settings option in Moodle.

Each Moodle has a course settings page which configures organization and formatting for the course.  The link to the settings page is found in the Administration block in the left column of your course on Moodle.  Click Edit settings under Course administration to edit the course settings page. 
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For a full description of the options available here, visit the article page at the website. 

Field Descriptions:

1. The Category, Course full name, and Course short name are filled in automatically when you associate roster data. If you don't associate a roster, You must fill these fields in with appropriate text. 

2. The course “Summary” (Front page description) is taken from the course description found in the timetable. It is recommended that you either leave this alone or write an entirely new summary.

3. You may change a number of other settings. Click on the question mark icon to get more information about what effect that setting will have on your course.

  • Guest access is set to "No" by default.  Introducing guests to your course can infringe upon privacy and FERPA protections.
  • Making your course not available to students means that it is only visible to instructors.  A notice will appear at the top of the page to remind you of this setting.
  • Completion tracking introduces dependencies between activities, based on viewing or grading criteria.  This is a relatively new feature.  Read more about it at

4. Once you have finished modifying your course’s settings, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save and Display button.

Keywords:moodle, course settings, managing   Doc ID:20923
Owner:Elizabeth H.Group:Moodle
Created:2011-10-24 14:21 CSTUpdated:2018-03-05 16:56 CST
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Moodle
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