Moodle: Course Administration Settings In Detail

Course Administration Settings Information

The Edit Settings option for the course has several sections with useful tools in each. To access the course settings, click on the Administration Menu Gear Icon and then select Edit Settings.

Administration Menu Edit Settings Option



General Settings

Course full name - Name of the course as it appears on the course page and under My Courses (not editable by the instructor)

Course short name - a shorthand version as a possible secondary way to search for the course. (not editable by the instructor)

Visibility - Whether or not it is made visible to the students.

Course start date - this defaults to the official start date on the LSU Academic Calendar for that semester.

Course end date - not turned on by default

Course ID number - not editable by the instructor


Course Summary - The summary appears on the course listings page.

Course image -  may be attached to the course summary. They will be accessible by anyone from outside of the course just like the course name and/or summary.

Course Format

Course Format

Format -  refers to the layout of a course. Weekly and Topic are the two most commonly used.

Hidden Sections - allows you to decide how the hidden sections in your course are displayed to students.

Course Layout - Show one section per page is the only option at this time.



Force Language - If you force a language in a course, the interface of Moodle in this course will be in this particular language, even if a student has selected a different preferred language in his/her personal profile.

Number of Announcements - How many recent announcements from the Announcements forum should show in the Latest announcements block.

Show Gradebook to Students - whether or not to allow students to see the gradebook for the course.

Show activity reports - Here you can decide whether to show students their activity reports.


Files and uploads

Maximum upload size - Here you can decide the largest size of file that students can upload to a course. 500MB is the max that Moodle allows.

Files & Uploads

Completion Tracking

Enable complete tracking - Completion tracking must be enabled for Activity completion.


Group mode - Here you can define the group mode at the course level by a pull down menu.

Force group mode - If the group mode is "forced" at a course-level, then this particular group mode will be applied to every activity in that course. This will override any activities that may have a special group setting.


Teachers can add course tags here, either new tags or official tags. See Using tags for more information.


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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