Moodle - Logging in and Creating a Course

Logging in and creating a course with UW-Madison Moodle service

Links for creating UW Moodle courses

Fall 2017 - Summer 2018 coursesClick here to create your course.
Summer 2018 courses:  Click here to create your course.

Ongoing courses (not restricted to a single term)  :  Contact your moodle support person.


Note: Not all schools and colleges allow automatic Moodle course creation.  See  Moodle - Self service course creation.

Logging in and creating a course: getting oriented with Moodle (UW-Madison Moodle)

Use your NetID and password to log into Moodle. In certain instances, Moodle-only accounts or Guest access may be granted. 
Screenshot of UW Moodle landing page
Once logged in, you'll see your current semester courses.  Some extra functionality is found in the blocks at the margins. One of these functions is course creation, found in the Settings block under Site administration -> Courses -> Create a new UW course.  Using this link, faculty can quickly create their own courses, associate rosters, and retrieve course archives.

Screenshot of UW Moodle Dashboard after logging in, highlighting the button to create courses.

Creating a Course

1. To create a course click the Create a new UW course link.   Select the appropriate semester from the “Term” drop-down menu and click Next.

Screenshot of UW Moodle Course Creator step 1. Choose term from the dropdown menu.

2. On the next page, you should see your Timetable courses in the box on the right. You can add additional courses by clicking the Search for a course button below the course listing box. Select the desired section(s) in the box on the right and click the Add button to move them to the "Associations in this course" (left box).  Click Next to continue. 

If you're creating a course that doesn't have an associated roster, just click Next without doing anything.  You'll be asked to confirm the absence of a timetable mapping.  Click Yes when prompted.

Note: If your course roster is not available, the Moodle administrator must request access to roster data for that course or department. Contact the Moodle administrator for your server with the course and section information you need.

Screenshot of UW Madison showing course creator step 2, indicating where to click to find your course from a list of timetable courses.


3. Once you have selected your sections to associate with this Moodle course, you are given the opportunity to import course content from one of your previous semester courses. The system will try to find your previous semester's version of the course and list it first. Otherwise, you can search to find the past course you want to import content from.

Click the radio button of the desired course and then click Next.  If this is a new course, just click Next right away to get a blank course.

4. If you've imported an archived course, you'll have the chance to adjust some basic settings like start date and whether the course is visible or not.  You can also choose to send a message to all instructors alerting them the course page is ready.  Click the checkbox to send out this message. Click Create Course to finish the process.

Screenshot of UW Moodle course creator page showing the checkbox to Notify Course Teachers and finally Create Course.

Your course may not be ready immediately.  When it is ready, you'll receive an email message if the above checkbox was checked.  Until then the course will be listed on the Moodle as "In progress".  If you've added rosters to your course, they also may take a short time to be updated. 


For troubleshooting techniques on Creating a Course see Problems Creating a Course.




Keywords:course creation, moodle   Doc ID:22199
Owner:Deborah H.Group:Moodle
Created:2012-01-11 12:26 CSTUpdated:2017-10-09 15:28 CST
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Moodle
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