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Cheat Sheet

Moodle For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Moodle For Dummies

By Radana Dvorak

This Cheat Sheet takes you on a tour of the Moodle interface, explaining modules and tools along the way. You also find a list of Moodle resources (with links) that can help get you started Moodling, provide you with support and community, and deliver news to you about all things related to Moodle. You’ll also find a table of shortcut keys particular to Moodle.

Navigating the Moodle Interface

Moodle is very easy to navigate. Each new course is set up with a default course front page as shown here, to which you (as the instructor) can make changes. This course front page is what you and your learners will come to every time you log into the Moodle course. Familiarize yourself with it, and explain all features to your learners.

The Moodle front page

The course front page is divided into three sections. The center is your main course page, divided into weeks or topics/units containing your course content. Columns on the right and left sides of the center contain blocks that hold the Moodle features and utilities you use to build a great Moodle course. What you see:


What your learners see:


In every Moodle course, you, the instructor, can set up the course as you prefer. Moodle has a number of editing features to help you do this. This is what you see on the course front page with editing turned on:


Moodle resources and activities

Moodle provides you with a number of powerful collaborative activity modules and tools enabling you to add or link almost any type of file (Moodle resources) to your courses. These drop-down lists show the available Moodle resources and activities:


Moodle blocks: Activities, administration, and blocks

The Moodle Activities block is available for you and your learners to see and quickly access all course activity and updated resources.


The Moodle Administration Block enables learners to see their gradebook and profile and instructors to access a variety of tools.


The Moodle Blocks block is available only when you turn editing on; it lists a number of features you can make available for your learners on the course front page.


Moodle Editor toolbar and icons

Moodle enables you to edit your content using a number of different tools, most notably the Moodle editor toolbar and the editing icons. If your browser allows you to use the HTML editor’s WYSIWYG editing tools, you have at your disposal all the features you’re use to with your word processing software, including capabilities to toggle between HTML source modes. This figure shows the editor toolbar with all the tools you can use within Moodle:


Moodle uses specific icons to help you edit the course front page. You and your learners will find these editing tools throughout Moodle when you need to make updates or changes to content or activities:


Finding Moodle Resources on the Internet

Moodlers around the world are a great bunch of people who love to help and share their knowledge and resources. So when you become an expert or find something that has really worked for you, share it with the Moodle community. The following is a (partial) list of useful Moodle resources you can find on the Internet:

Moodle Shortcuts

The following table lists some of the most common Moodle editing shortcut keys you can use in the Moodle HTML editor in WYSIWYG view. (WYSIWYG stands for What You See Is What You Get; it’s the default view in the Moodle modules).

Note: Not all browsers support all the keys listed. The keys in bold font are universal shortcuts.

Key Action Key Action
CTRL-C Copy CTRL-V Paste
CTRL-X Cut CTRL-F Find text
CTRL-, Subscript CTRL-S Strikethrough text
CTRL-. Superscript CTRL-0 Clean word format
CTRL-Z Undo CTRL-H Change text format heading
CTRL-B Make text bold CTRL-1 To Ctrl-6 changes heading levels
CTRL-U Underline text CTRL-O Change the font
CTRL-I Make text italic CTRL-E Center
CTRL-L Justify left CTRL-K Change background color
CTRL-J Justify full CTRL-! Text runs right to left
CTRL-ALT-O Insert ordered list CTRL-ALT-A Create Anchor
CTRL-ALT-R Insert horizontal rule CTRL-ALT-C Insert special character
CTRL-ALT-L Create link CTRL-ALT-D Unlink
CTRL-ALT-N Turn off auto linking CTRL-ALT-S Insert emoticon (smiley)
CTRL-ALT-T Insert table CTRL-ALT-I Inset image
CTRL-ALT-C Insert special character CTRL-ALT-M Toggle full screen editor mode