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Below you will find information about all available activities in moodle.

These instructions are intended for users of the e-learning platform of the University of Jena according to their roles and rights.

Available activities on

ActivityBrief descriptionUsagefurther information


Activity Assigment

The assignment activity module enables you to communicate tasks, collect work and provide grades and feedback.

Students can submit work individually or as a member of a group.

When reviewing assignments, teachers can leave feedback comments and upload files, such as marked-up student submissions, documents with comments. Assignments can be graded using a numerical or custom scale or an advanced grading method such as a rubric. Final grades are recorded in the gradebook.

  • delivery of digtal content (texts, images, videos)
  • as a reminder to do "real" things offline (e.g. sports training)
Using Assignment


Activity Board

Create post-it walls with an optional background image. Create columns, enter column headings and then fill the columns with texts, images and links.

Content can be moved between the columns and the option to rate a post can be activated.

  • collect ideas
  • structure course content
  • enable group work


Activity Book

The book module enables you to create a multi-page resource in a book-like format, with chapters and subchapters. Books can contain media files as well as text and are useful for displaying lengthy passages of information which can be broken down into sections.

  • to display reading material for individual modules of study
  • as a showcase portfolio of student work
Using Book


Activity Chat

The chat activity module enables participants to have text-based, real-time synchronous discussions.

The chat may be a one-time activity or it may be repeated at the same time each day or each week. Chat sessions are saved and can be made available for everyone to view or restricted to users with the capability to view chat session logs.

  • for students temporarily unable to attend in person
  • a question and answer session with an invited speaker in a different location
  • sessions to help students prepare for tests
Using Chat


Activity Choice

The choice activity module enables you to ask a single question and offer a selection of possible responses.

Choice results may be published after students have answered, after a certain date, or not at all. Results may be published with student names or anonymously (whereby teachers can always see the names of the participants and their answers).

  • a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic
  • to facilitate student decision-making, for example allowing students to vote on a direction for the course
Abstimmung nutzen

Courses links

Activity Course links

With this activity you can link to other moodle rooms within a moodle course room. The links can be output as a cards or list.

Please note that the links in the courses can only be seen by participants who are enrolled in the target courses.

  • structuring of content or related courses


Activity Database

The database activity module enables participants to create, maintain and search a collection of entries (i.e. records). The structure of the entries is defined by the teacher as a number of fields. Field types include checkbox, radio buttons, drop-down menu, text area, URL, picture and uploaded file.

The visual layout of information when listing, viewing or editing database entries may be controlled by database templates. Database activities may be shared between courses as presets and a teacher may also import and export database entries.

A teacher can allow comments on entries. Entries can also be rated by teachers or students (peer evaluation).

  • a collaborative collection of web links, books, book reviews, journal references etc
  • for displaying student-created photos, posters, websites or poems for peer comment and review.
Using Database

Digitale Bibliothek

Activity Digitale Bibliothek

Integrate a digital course reserve into your moodle course room.

This activity cannot be used for videos (please use the digital media library).

Digitale Medienbibliothek

Activity Digitale Medienbibliothek

If you want to link directly to a video, use this activity, because the Digital Media Library Thuringia is a plugin for integrating video files in mp4 format. All video files are provided by the Wowza streaming server.

External Tool

Activity External Tool

The external tool activity module enables students to interact with learning resources and activities on other web sites. For example, an external tool could provide access to a new activity type or learning materials from a publisher.

To create an external tool activity, a tool provider which supports LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) is required. A teacher can create an external tool activity or make use of a tool configured by the site administrator.

External tool activities differ from URL resources in a few ways:

  • External tools are context aware i.e. they have access to information about the user who launched the tool, such as institution, course and name
  • External tools support reading, updating, and deleting grades associated with the activity instance

External Tool


Activity Feedback

The feedback activity module enables a teacher to create a custom survey for collecting feedback from participants using a variety of question types including multiple choice, yes/no or text input.

Feedback responses may be anonymous if desired, and results may be shown to all participants or restricted to teachers only. 

  • for course evaluations, helping improve the content for later participants
  • to enable participants to sign up for course modules, events etc.
Using Feedback


Activity File

The file module enables a teacher to provide a file as a course resource. Where possible, the file will be displayed within the course interface; otherwise students will be prompted to download it. The file may include supporting files, for example an HTML page may have embedded images.

Note that students need to have the appropriate software on their computers in order to open the file.

  • to share presentations given in class
  • to provide draft files of software programs so students can edit and submit them for assessment
File resource FAQ


Activity Folder

The folder module enables a teacher to display a number of related files inside a single folder, reducing scrolling on the course page. A zipped folder may be uploaded and unzipped for display, or an empty folder created and files uploaded into it.

  • for a series of files on one topic, for example a set of past examination papers in pdf format or a collection of image files for use in student projects
  • to provide a shared uploading space for teachers on the course page (keeping the folder hidden so that only teachers can see it)
Folder settings


Activitiy Forum

The forum activity module enables participants to have asynchronous discussions i.e. discussions that take place over an extended period of time.

There are several forum types to choose from, such as a standard forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time; a forum where each student can post exactly one discussion; or a question and answer forum where students must first post before being able to view other students' posts. A teacher can allow files to be attached to forum posts. Attached images are displayed in the forum post.

Participants can subscribe to a forum to receive notifications of new forum posts. A teacher can set the subscription mode to optional, forced or auto, or prevent subscription completely.

  • a social space for students to get to know each other
  • For course announcements
  • for discussing course content or reading materials
  • discussions
  • help centre 
Using Forum

Game – Book with questions

Activity Book with questions

When the student answers correct can go to the next chapter.

Game – Crossword

Activity Crossword

This game takes words from either a Glossary or quiz short answer questions and generates a random crossword puzzle. Teacher can set the maximum number of columns/rows or words that contains. Student can press the button “Check crossword” to check if the answers are correct. Every crossword is dynamic so it is different to every student.

Game – Cryptex

This game is like a crossword but the answers are hidden inside a random cryptex.

Game – Hangman

This game takes words from either a Glossary or quiz short answer questions and generates a hangman puzzle. Teacher can set the number of words that each game contains, if shows the first or last letter, or if show the question or the answer at the end.

Game – Hidden Picture

The hidden picture game uncovers each piece of a picture for each question correctly answered by the student. Each number in the hidden picture game displays a question to the student such that when the student answers the question correctly, the number is uncovered to display a piece of the picture.

Game – Millionaire

A question is displayed to the student which if answered correctly moves up to the next number in the game until the user has completed the questions. If a question is answered incorrectly, the game is over.

Game – Snakes and Ladders

A question is displayed to the student which if answered correctly, displays a number on the dice, then game piece moves up the number displayed on the dice.

Game – Sudoku

This game shows a sudoku puzzle to the students with not enough numbers to allow it to be solved. For each question the student correctly answers an additional number is slotted into the puzzle to make it easier to solve.


Activity Glossary

The glossary activity module enables participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary, or to collect and organise resources or information.

A teacher can allow files to be attached to glossary entries. Attached images are displayed in the entry. Entries can be searched or browsed alphabetically or by category, date or author. Entries can be approved by default or require approval by a teacher before they are viewable by everyone.

A teacher can allow comments on entries.

  • a collaborative bank of key terms
  • a ‘getting to know you’ space where new students add their name and personal details
  • a ‘handy tips’ resource of best practice in a practical subject
  • a sharing area of useful videos, images or sound files
  • a revision resource of facts to remember
Using Glossary

Group self-selection

Activity Group self-selection

Use this activity in your course to enable the participants to freely assign themselves to groups or to register themselves in existing groups. You can specify the minimum and/or maximum number of group members

  • participant can create groups, give them a description and set them password protected, if wanted
  • participants can select and join groups
  • supervisors may be assigned to groups
Group self-selection


Aktivität H5P

H5P is an abbreviation for HTML5 Package - interactive content such as presentations, videos and other multimedia, questions, quizzes, games and more.

The H5P activity enables H5P to be uploaded and added to a course.

  • use of interactive elements in the course
H5P activity


Activity IMS content package

An IMS content package is a collection of files which are packaged according to an agreed standard so they can be reused in different systems. The IMS content package module enables such content packages to be uploaded as a zip file and added to a course as a resource.

Content is usually displayed over several pages, with navigation between the pages. There are various options for displaying content in a pop-up window, with a navigation menu or buttons etc.

An IMS content package may be used for presenting multimedia content and animations.

Interactive Content

Activity Interactive Content

The H5P activity module enables you to create interactive content such as Interactive Videos, Question Sets, Drag and Drop Questions, Multi-Choice Questions, Presentations and much more.

In addition to being an authoring tool for rich content, H5P enables you to import and export H5P files for effective reuse and sharing of content.

You add interactive H5P content by creating content using the built-in authoring tool or uploading H5P files found on other H5P enabled sites.

  • use of interactive elements in the course


Activity Label

The label module enables text and multimedia to be inserted into the course page in between links to other resources and activities. Labels are very versatile and can help to improve the appearance of a course if used thoughtfully.

  • to split up a long list of activities with a subheading or an image
  • to display an embedded sound file or video directly on the course page
  • to add a short description to a course section
Using Label


Activity Lesson

The lesson activity module enables a teacher to deliver content and/or practice activities in interesting and flexible ways. A teacher can use the lesson to create a linear set of content pages or instructional activities that offer a variety of paths or options for the learner. In either case, teachers can choose to increase engagement and ensure understanding by including a variety of questions, such as multiple choice, matching and short answer. Depending on the student's choice of answer and how the teacher develops the lesson, students may progress to the next page, be taken back to a previous page or redirected down a different path entirely.

  • for self-directed learning of a new topic
  • for scenarios or simulations/decision-making exercises
  • for differentiated revision, with different sets of revision questions depending upon answers given to initial questions
Using Lesson

Lightbox Gallery

Activity Lightbox Gallery

This resource allows you to create 'Lightbox' enabled image galleries within your Moodle course.

As a course teacher, you are able to create, edit and delete galleries. Small thumbnails will then be generated, which are used for the thumbnail view of the gallery. Clicking on any of the thumbnails brings that image into focus, and allows you to scroll through the gallery at your leisure. Using the Lightbox scripts creates nice transition effects when loading and scrolling through the images.

If enabled, users are able to leave comments on your gallery.

  • the usage of images within the moodle course


Activity Page

A page can display text, images, sound, video, web links and embedded code, such as Google maps.

Advantages of using the page module rather than the file module include the resource being more accessible (for example to users of mobile devices) and easier to update.

For large amounts of content, it's recommended that a book is used rather than a page.

  • to present the terms and conditions of a course or a summary of the course syllabus
  • to embed several videos or sound files together with some explanatory text
Using Page


Activity Quiz

The quiz activity enables a teacher to create quizzes comprising questions of various types, including multiple choice, matching, short-answer and numerical.

The teacher can allow the quiz to be attempted multiple times, with the questions shuffled or randomly selected from the question bank. A time limit may be set.

Each attempt is marked automatically, with the exception of essay questions, and the grade is recorded in the gradebook.

Using Quiz

SCORM Package

Activity Scorm Package

A SCORM package is a collection of files which are packaged according to an agreed standard for learning objects. The SCORM activity module enables SCORM or AICC packages to be uploaded as a zip file and added to a course.

Content is usually displayed over several pages, with navigation between the pages. There are various options for displaying content in a pop-up window, with a table of contents, with navigation buttons etc. SCORM activities generally include questions, with grades being recorded in the gradebook.

  • for presenting multimedia content and animations
  • as an assessment tool


Activity Scheduler

The scheduler activity helps you in scheduling appointments with your students.

Teachers specify time slots for meetings, students then choose one of them on Moodle. Teachers in turn can record the outcome of the meeting - and optionally a grade - within the scheduler.

Group scheduling is supported; that is, each time slot can accommodate several students, and optionally it is possible to schedule appointments for entire groups at the same time.

  • appointments
  • coordination of consultation hours
Using Scheduler

Student folder

Activity Student folder

The student folder offers the following features:

Participants can upload documents that are available to other participants immediately or after you have checked the documents and given your consent.

An assignment can be chosen as a basis for a student folder. The teacher can decide which documents of the assignment are visible for all participants. Teachers can also let the participants decide whether their documents should be visible to others.


Activity Survey

The survey activity module provides a number of verified survey instruments that have been found useful in assessing and stimulating learning in online environments. A teacher can use these to gather data from their students that will help them learn about their class and reflect on their own teaching.

Note that these survey tools are pre-populated with questions. Teachers who wish to create their own survey should use the feedback activity module.

Using Survey


Activity PDF Annotations

This Tool enables private and collaborative markup on PDF Documents. The users are able to annotate specific parts of an PDF and discuss them with other users.

Use this activity if PDFs should be marked and commented directly in moodle.

Using PDF Annotations


Activity URL

The URL module enables a teacher to provide a web link as a course resource. Anything that is freely available online, such as documents or images, can be linked to; the URL doesn’t have to be the home page of a website. 

There are a number of display options for the URL, such as embedded or opening in a new window and advanced options for passing information.


The wiki activity module enables participants to add and edit a collection of web pages. A wiki can be collaborative, with everyone being able to edit it, or individual, where everyone has their own wiki which only they can edit.

A history of previous versions of each page in the wiki is kept, listing the edits made by each participant.

  • use individual wikis as a diary
  • joint development of a topic (public wiki)
Using Wiki


Activity Workshop

The workshop activity module enables the collection, review and peer assessment of students' work.

Students can submit any digital content (files), such as word-processed documents or spreadsheets and can also type text directly into a field using the text editor.

Submissions are assessed using a multi-criteria assessment form defined by the teacher. The process of peer assessment and understanding the assessment form can be practised in advance with example submissions provided by the teacher, together with a reference assessment. Students are given the opportunity to assess one or more of their peers' submissions. Submissions and reviewers may be anonymous if required.

Students obtain two grades in a workshop activity - a grade for their submission and a grade for their assessment of their peers' submissions. Both grades are recorded in the gradebook.

Using Workshop

Available activities in moodle

Titel: "Overview of activities in moodle"

Stand: 22.09.2021