Good Practice

Organize and Manage your Moodle Course Site


  • Students are often frustrated with Moodle sites when they cannot find what they need: documents, resources, activities, or assessments.
  • Instructors are challenged in finding time to design and build a Moodle site that is consistent, uniform, and navigable,thereby helping students find what they need.


A well-designed and organized Moodle site makes things much easier for both instructors and students. While students may be accustomed to using Moodle for their courses, instructors across campus use Moodle tools and features in many different ways. Through good site design and clear instructions about how to make use of your course site, you can help your students understand how to interact effectively with the instructor, with each other, and with course materials and activities.

Site Design

Keep your course simple and well organized, and create visual cues your students can use to navigate the course site.

  • Apply colors with consistency and caution.
  • Use headings to indicate a hierarchy of information.
  • Indent and outdent to control information and flow.
  • Label sections, activities, and files clearly.
  • Use Moodle tools to help your students more effectively navigate the site.
    • The Calendar Block can be used to help students keep track of dates and deadlines for course activities and events.
    • The Progress Bar shows students the activities and resources they are to complete in your course site.
  • Explore course formats to determine which layout will work best for your course.


Whether your course is taught in a hybrid or online format, provide clear instructions on how and when communication will take place.

Effort Required

  • Low
  • Medium
  • High

Signs of a Well-Organized Moodle Site

  • Students can quickly find what they need.
  • Information is presented consistently across the site, e.g., templates are used to organize similar information.