Moodle: Importing Content & New Minimum Standards Template 17-18

Minimum Expectations

2017-05-30_10-16-32The Minimum Expectations checklist is intended to establish a minimum standard in the use of the institutional VLE (Moodle), and to ensure a consistent student experience across the University. The minimum expectation checklist could be expressed as the lowest standard expected regardless of whether the VLE is used to enhance, extend or empower students’ and their learning. These recommendations may be covered within a combination of module, programme and departmental courses. The list was developed after consulting with staff and students on their minimum expectations for VLE use, benchmarking by investigating sector-wide subscription to minimum standards, and identifying current best practice at YSJ, and was endorsed by Enhancement and Student Experience Committee (ESEC).

Look out for tomorrows blog post with some ideas about how you might meaningfully incorporate the use of some of Moodle’s activities into the 3E element of the TEL Quality Framework.

New Template for 17-18

Following feedback throughout 16-17, we have revised the layout of the Minimum Standards Template. We have removed the example/suggested activities and resources, which were intended to demonstrate what might be possible in Moodle, and have replaced them with a short checklist (in the form of a table) of what should be included in each section. The sections headings remain the same, this means that, when importing content from the previous year, your imported content will slot into the relevant section. Once your content is imported, you can simply delete the table/checklist to tidy up your course.

Each School is responsible for auditing their own application of the minimum expectations. Checks should take place before the end of Semester 1 in each academic year. The TEL team will assist in co-ordinating audits and advise Schools on different approaches and good practice.

Importing Course Content

Once you have created your new modules for the 17-18 academic year, your attention will turn to creating course content.  Moodle allows you to import course content from other courses, where you have editing permissions, so you can re-use activities and resources.

Please note: Importing content does not include historical data such as any student data and forum posts.

It’s also good practice not to import old assignments or Turnitin submission points. They will contain out of date information and settings and will cause problems when it comes to students submitting work. It is best to set up all assignment and Turnitin submission points from scratch in each module.

To import course content, follow these simple instructions:

Importing Course Content Video Tutorial

Downloadable Guide for Importing Course Content

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If you require any help or support when importing course content, please contact a member of the TEL team at


Phil Vincent

Phil’s focus is to work across Faculties to support the implementation of the Academic Strategy, and in particular contribute to the effective development and implementation of technology enhanced learning.

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