Settings Common to All Activities

Moodle offers a variety of built-in activities to engage your students outside of class. Assignment activities are convenient to collect papers in one place and give feedback. Forums and chat encourage discussion between students, whether for an assignment or for a study group. Feedback activities give students a chance to honestly evaluate and to be evaluated by their peers.

The assorted online activities on Moodle differ in structure and purpose, but they share some common settings. These settings are all changed the same way, so they will be summarized in the following guide with reference to no specific activity type.

Editing pages for activities are all formatted with collapsible categories. To expand or collapse categories, select the category title. Different activities have different categories, but most share the categories described in the following guide.


  • Activity name
  • Description
  • Display on description on course page: If this box is checked, the description will appear in the course topic with the activity.
  • Additional files: This option is not available for all activities. Upload relevant files (rubrics, templates, etc.) here.


  • Allow submissions from: The activity will begin accepting submissions on this date.
  • Due date: Submissions will still be allowed after this date, but any submitted after this date are marked as late.
  • Cut-off date: The activity will not accept submissions after this date without an extension.


Please note: this category is not available for all activities.

  • Grade type: Choose point or scale grades.
  • Grade category: This setting controls the category in which the activity’s grades are placed in the gradebook.
  • Grade to pass: This setting determines the minimum grade required to pass. This value is used to being counted complete and for the gradebook, where pass grades are highlighted in green and fail grades in red.

Common module settings

  •  Visible: This setting determines whether students can view and access the activity. Show must be selected for students to view or complete an activity.
  • ID number: Setting an ID number provides a way of identifying the activity for grade calculation purposes. If the activity is not included in any grade calculation then the ID number field may be left blank.
  • Group mode: This setting controls whether students are part of one large group (no groups), or individual groups (separate, visible groups).
  • Grouping: A grouping is a collection of groups within a course.

Restrict access

  • Access restrictions: This setting enables only certain students to view an activity. Restrictions can be added based on:
    • Date
    • Grade: Require students to achieve a specified grade.
    • User profile: Control access based on fields in a student’s profile.
    • Set: Multiple restrictions can be placed.

The most commonly used activity, the assignment activity, will be discussed next. It uses these common settings, but it also has unique settings.