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Create a Moodle Course

A guide for SUNY Plattsburgh faculty

There are two options for working on courses in Moodle, but only one option can be delivered live to the students. These two options are the development site and the production site.

  • The development site provides you with a course in a sandbox that you can practice on, manipulate, and develop material without concern for actual course delivery.
  • The production site offers you the ability to create a course that is based on the Banner master schedule and that will be synced automatically with the Banner roster for that course. Any course development you undertake, either in the development site or the production site, can be exported into any other course. The advantage of the development site courses is that you need not be tied to a course that is currently in the Banner master schedule.

To create courses for online or web-enhanced teaching:

  1. Go to your home page and click on “Create Courses” in the Course Creation block on the right of your page.
  2. On the Moodle Course Creation page that appears, click on “Create Development Course” or “Create Production Course.”
  3. If you select “Create Development Course,” you will be prompted to give a title for that course, and when you click “Create Course,” you will be informed that that course will be created for you within fifteen minutes. Close out of that page and return to your home page to view your course.
  4. If you click on “Create Production Course,” you will see a notice of courses available to create. These are the courses that are in the master schedule. Check off the courses you want to create, click “Create Courses.” Now the title of those courses will appear on the right under the notice “Courses already available.” Note that it may take up to fifteen minutes for your course to be created. When it does appear on your home page, you will see that it is grayed out; that is because it is not available to students.
  5. When your preparation of the course is complete and you are ready to make it available, you will click on settings in your left block, and then click on “Edit Settings” and then scroll down to the “Availability” where you will select “This course is available to students,” and then you will click “Save changes.”
  6. If you need to import material created in any course to your production course, click on “settings” on the left side of your course – “import” is about a two-thirds of the way down that list. This is a very straightforward function that will prompt you to select the course from which you wish to import and what activities or resources you wish to select from that course. This is especially helpful for those of you who may want to re-use a course you have just taught in Moodle, or those who are thinking about web-enhanced courses where you want to be selective about content that you may have migrated from ANGEL.
  7. Cautionary notes about import:
    • Anything that you have added to section header labels will not transfer, only material in the sections itself, from resources and activities to label contents. If you have put material into the section headers, we recommend you create a label for that section and copy paste into it from the section header before attempting to import.
    • When importing from one course to another, make sure you have as many sections available in the course to which you are importing as you has content filled sections in the course from which you are importing; if not, you simply will not import the additional material.


Contact Information

For more information about Moodle and Online Learning at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact us:

Online Learning Office
Phone: (518) 564-4234
Helpdesk Phone: (800) 787-8773
Fax: (518) 564-4236