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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:

Adding tags

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

  1. Turn editing on.
  2. Add a new activity or edit an existing activity.
  3. Open the 'Tags' section
  4. Type the tag into the drop-down.
  5. Press enter, and the tag will appear above.
  6. Save your activity.

Adding a tags block (aka tag cloud)

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

  1. Turn editing on.
  2. Select tags from the 'Add blocks' menu.
  3. If appropriate, move the tags block up and/or left, using the arrow icons under the block title.

Remember to configure the block so that it is referencing only tags in your course and not the whole system:

  1. Open the drop down next to the gear icon in the tags block.
  2. Click 'Configure Tags block'.
  3. Choose 'System' or 'Course: ...' for 'Tagged items context under the section 'Block settings'.

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


The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.6 and was last updated March 2020.

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