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Moodle has a range of activities and resources that can be added to create a well organised and rich learning environment for students.


An 'activity' is the general name for a group of features in a Moodle course, usually something that enables or requires interaction with other participants. There are more than a dozen types of activities in Moodle and these are added via the 'Add an activity or resource' link that is visible within sections when you have turned editing on for the course.

Activity chooser


'Resources' are generally static information that a teacher wants the students to read or watch, such as a file or link. Resources appear as a single link with an icon in front of it that represents the type of resource. These are added in edit mode via the 'Add an activity or resource'.


Please see Structure your course for more information on blocks. Whilst these are a type of content, they are usually used to provide an overview of the course itself (e.g. an activities block can be used to visualise the activities added to a course.) or to link to external tools such as lecture capture (Echo 360) and reading lists (Talis Aspire).


There are some activity types - assignment, lesson, quiz - which are particularly suited to Assessment and these have been dealt with separately under assessment and feedback in this guide.


There are a number of activity types - wiki, blog, forum, announcements - that are particularly suited to, and covered in the section dedicated to, communication and collaboration.

Where can I find images to use on Moodle?

There are a number of free image services available. Ensure you understand the licencing before using images from any free service. Whilst the images may be free to download they may still require attribution.

Pixabay, Pexels, Unsplash, Stocksnap, Burst

The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.4 and was last updated October 2018.


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