Moodle Tricks

Layout and Design for Student Engagement


This is my first semester teaching online, and all my courses have synchronous and asynchronous components. To support my students’ success in this new-to-us learning format, I set out to find the best practices for the layout and design of my course Moodle page with a focus on creating an easy to navigate and engaging student experience. A friend asked me to share my findings, so I hopped onto Zoom and recorded a page walkthrough.

In this video tutorial, I share real examples from my Fall 2020 Moodle course pages from the student and faculty view. I show you how I use Moodle Books to streamline the student view and reduce the number of clickable items on the main page without losing any of the instructional detail I want them to be able to access. I also show you how I use Google Drive and H5P Interactive Content within Moodle Books to create class modules with built in opportunities for students to engage with the class content. These ideas would work particularly well for a flipped or largely asynchronous online class!

Tools used:

  1. Moodle Books
  2. Google Drive 
  3. H5P interactive content


Quick Overview:

  1. Use a consistent layout!
  2. Use Moodle books to organize course content
  3. Add interactive content in the Moodle book to promote engagement with the material
  4. Use links to Google Drive documents to share required materials
  5. Put all necessary materials for an assignment in the assignment submission portal, including links to Moodle Book pages with assignment instructions, checklists, and rubrics
  6. Embed discussion boards into Moodle Books to further streamline student view

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