Moodle Monday: Lightbox Gallery

Use Moodle’s Lightbox Gallery to showcase a gallery of images in your Moodle course. You can change the permissions within your course site to allow students to post their own images to the gallery and leave comments on other images. Students could upload images directly from their phones while on a field trip or use the Lightbox Gallery to share images as part of a group project; each group could have a workspace within a Moodle course containing activities such as a Discussion Forum, Wiki and Lightbox Gallery to aid online collaboration.

Follow the instructions in the tutorial below to add a Lightbox Gallery to your Moodle course.


To change the permissions in your Lightbox Gallery once it has been added into your Moodle site, click ‘Permissions’ in the ‘Lightbox Gallery administration’ section on the right hand side and add ‘Student’ to the ‘Roles with permission’ section next to the options such as ‘Edit a lightbox gallery’ and ‘Add image to lightbox gallery’ (screenshots below).

Screenshot of Lightbox administration section with Permissions link highlighted.

Screenshot of lightbox gallery permissions with 'add image in lightbox gallery' and 'edit a lightbox gallery' sections highlighted. The plus sign to add the student role to the permissions is also highlighted.


Have you used the Lightbox Gallery in your teaching and learning? Do you think it would be useful to include it in your Moodle course in the future? If you have any questions or would like any more help, information or advice, then please post in the comments below, or contact

We’re taking a break from Moodle Monday over the next few weeks, but we’ll be back after the summer rollover with regular posts about Moodle and any new features and plugins. Search Moodle Monday within our blog to check back over all of our posts from 2016/17.


Rosie Hare

Working to the Directorate’s annual objectives and the TEL Quality Framework, Rosie’s role as a TEL Advisor is to proactively support and develop staff in using technology to enhance the student learning experience. Her main focus is to advise academic staff on effective use of learning technologies to develop innovative learning resources, processes and practices. Before joining YSJ Rosie was an E-Learning Support Officer at University of York, and prior to that worked as a Digital Facilitator in the E-Learning Team at Middlesbrough College.

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