Moodle: Editing a Section

Moodle is always in "edit mode" for those with editing permissions, such as an instructor. In each section, also known as topics, modules, or weeks, there are several options to add or edit content, and rearrange, delete, or hide content. The animation below shows the location of these functions, but they are also described in the text below.

Functions for editing, deleting, hiding, or rearranging sections in Moodle. Explained in the text.


Under the section title, there are four features: move, hide/show, delete, and highlight.

  • The "arrow" button is the move function. This allows you to rearrange the order of sections in the Table of Contents (located on the left of the course page).
    • Click the arrow button, and then select the section from the Table of Contents that you want to be after the section you move.
    • Click the green plus (+) button to place the section before (ahead) of the selected section.

      Click the plus button to move the section ahead of the selected section.
    • If you wish to cancel this action, click the cancel (X) button at the bottom of the page.
  • The "eye" button is the hide/show function. This allows you to hide the entire section from students — including all the activities and resources contained in the section.
    • Click the eye button, and it will change to an eye with a slash through it. The title will appear gray, and you will see a note that the section is hidden from students. In the Table of Contents, you will also see this message, along with a red dot. Students will see the title of the section, but that it is unavailable. 

      Topic 2 is not available to students
  • The "X" button is the delete button. It allows you to delete the entire section — including all the activities and resources contained in the section. These items will move to the recycle bin for a short period of time, before being permanently deleted.
    • Click the X button to delete the section. You can either confirm or cancel this action.

      confirmation page to confirm or cancel the delete a section action
  • The "lightbulb" icon is the highlight feature. This allows instructors to highlight a section for students. When a section is highlighted, students will see that section first upon accessing a course. You will know a section is highlighted when you see "current" listed below the section title. 

    Note: Courses that are set to a "weekly" format will automatically highlight the current week. Only one section (week) can be highlighted at a time.

    Highlighted section in Moodle.


You can also click on the Edit Section to add a description and information to the section summary.

  • Click on the "Edit Section" link under the section title
  • In the Section Summary, you can customize the section title, add information in the summary, and save or cancel your changes. If you want to restrict access to the section, you can do that as well (prior to saving).

    Edit section summary in Moodle


Below the section summary, you can use the Create a learning activity or add files by either browsing or dragging/dropping files from your computer. For more information on the types of learning activities you can add to a course, see GROK article 20159.

add a learning activity or browse for a file on the computer


Support & Training

The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) provides Moodle support by email, by phone, or live through Zoom. For contact information, please see the article Faculty Technology Center: LSU Overview. To connect through Zoom and for further information on support services and training, see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Faculty Resources & Support page.

The FTC also provides just-in-time faculty training opportunities and recorded training sessions. Attending at least one training session for Moodle upgrades is highly recommended. For a comprehensive list of available workshops and recordings, please see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Technology Training page.

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