Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Using Tags in Moodle

This guide explains how to connect different types of content using tags and how to display them in a tag cloud.

Why are tags useful?

Tags are a way of bringing together different content types and materials which share a common theme - they therefore form a type of metadata that could help with linking topics across multiple sections (whether organised by weeks or topics).

Read more about tagging in this Moodle article.

Where can I use tags?

Tags can be added to a number of items within Moodle spaces:

Add tags

Activities and resources in a course may be tagged during set-up or via the edit option afterwards.

  1. Go to the Moodle space and click Turn editing on.
  2. Add a new activity or edit settings for an existing activity.
  3. Open the Tags section.
  4. Type the tag into the drop-down.
  5. Press Enter on your keyboard and the tag will appear above.
  6. Click Save and return to course or Save and display.

Add a tags block (aka tag cloud)

An effective way of viewing all tags is in a tags block, or tag cloud. The larger the tag name displayed in the tag cloud, the more items are associated with it.

  1. Go to the Moodle space and click Turn editing on.
  2. Click Add a block from the bottom of the navigation menu on the left.
  3. Select Tags from the list.
  4. The tags block will now be displayed. If appropriate, move the tags block using the arrow icons under the block title.
  5. Configure the block so that it is referencing only tags in your course and not the whole system:
    1. Click the cog icon in the tags block.
    2. Click Configure Tags block.
    3. Under Block settings, choose System or Course: ... from the Tagged items context drop-down menu.

Tags added will appear automatically in the Tags block as a word cloud.

The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.10 and was last updated September 2021.


Filter by tool, task or content