1. Introduction to Moodle
1.1. Setting up Moodle Courses

This page contains useful information for staff looking to set up new courses in Moodle.

There are a number of guides linked below for the most common requests when setting up new courses.

Getting Started

The main page for getting started with Moodle is located here within Moodle. The guide includes lots of useful information such as:

Adding teachers and other staff to your Moodle course

Changing the course format

Import content from one Moodle course to another

Guides for managing content within the resource store

An overarching guide is available here within Moodle.

This guide contains information such as:

Uploading content to the teaching and learning collection

Linking to existing resources

Replacing a file stored in the resource store

Editing a resource attachment (e.g. a word document)


Setting up an Assignment (eSubmission)

Help on setting up assignments can be found within Moodle here.

Answers to common queries around setting up assignments are directly linked below.

How to setup an eSubmission Assignment

Creating groups


Shared content courses

Information on shared content courses and how to request them can be found here.

A shared content course can be requested if you need to teach the same content across more than one module course. For example, you may have the same course being delivered in Plymouth, Exeter and Truro and do not want to duplicate the content.


Subject view courses

Information on subject view courses and how to request them are available here.

Subject view courses can be requested when information is required for broad subject areas.  A good example is a lab technician in a school requires students to complete some preparatory work in order to use lab equipment safely.  The course is required across several programmes and modules in that faculty or school and needs to be visible to all students to complete.




1.2. Using the Moodle mobile app

Downloading the app 

Firstly, download the Moodle mobile app, currently available for iOS and Android.

Logging in

After opening the app, you will be prompted to enter your site address, for this you should enter: http://dle.plymouth.ac.uk, then select 'Connect!'.

Next, you will be asked for your username and password, please enter your details here.


Once, you have logged in, you will have access to the DLE via the Moodle mobile app. 


You will now be able to access resources and activities. Please note, not all activities are currently supported within the Moodle mobile app, if you are currently trying to access something which isn't supported, please access the DLE via a web browser.

1.3. Where can I find past exam papers?

Past exam papers are available via Moodle.

To locate exam papers: 

  • Go to any programme or module site
  • Look for the ‘Resource Store’ block (this block is usually located in the bottom left of module sites)
  • Click “Past Exam Papers”

Resource Store Links

If you cannot find the exam paper you require, please contact your Faculty Office or lecturer.

1.4. What is Turnitin?
Turnitin is an Internet-based 'originality checking tool' which allows documents to be compared with content on the Internet, in journals and in an archive of previously submitted works.

It is a formative tool that makes it easy for students to review their citations and referencing as an aid to learning good academic practice. Student access to Turnitin is now only possible where their module leaders are actively using Turnitin in the module. It enables academics to cross-reference students' work against a number of resources with which they might otherwise not come into contact. Turnitin is used by 80% of universities in the UK.

Staff and students should be aware that Turnitin is not the only method of checking for originality and other means are readily available.

Further help on Turnitin for students is available.