Editing Course Settings

STEP 1: Select the course from the NAVIGATION pane for which you need to change the settings.

STEP 2: Click the Edit Settings link in the NAVIGATION pane under Course administration.

STEP 3: Now, the instructor can edit the settings for the selected course.The settings page is categorized into sections as given in the below screenshot. Follow the navigation to the left to view each setting category in detail.

STEP 4: Expand all and make your necessary changes and click the Save and display button.

Content Settings


Course Full Name

This is the name of the course. It is displayed as a link on course lists on the Front page and on the Dashboard and in reports. It is also used in the browser title bar when the course is viewed.

Course Short Name

Many institutions have a shorthand way of referring to a course, such as BP102 or COMMS. Even if you do not already have such a name for your course, make one up here. It will be used in several places where the long name is not appropriate, such as the NAVIGATION pane.

Course Category

The site administrator may have created course categories to help teachers and students find their courses easily. Course categories may be reflected in the NAVIGATION pane.


Here you can hide your course completely. It will not appear in the list of courses, except for managers, course creators, teachers, and any other users with the view hidden courses capability. Even if students try to access the course URL directly, they will not be allowed to enter.

The hide/show courses capability controls whether a user can hide a course.

Course Start Date

This setting affects the display of logs and the weekly format topic dates.

If you use the Weekly course format, the start date will appear in the first section of the course. For example selecting 27 July will display 27 July – 2 August in the first section (when default display is selected for that section).

Course End Date

An end date may be specified, although this does not affect students’ access to the course.

Course Enrollment Code

The ID number of a course is only used when matching the course against external systems and is not displayed anywhere on the site. If the course has an official code name it may be entered, otherwise, the field can be left blank.


Course Summary

The summary appears on the course listings page. This field is searched when searching for a course and also appears in the Course description block.

Course Summary Files

An image (and if allowed by the administrator, other file types) may be attached to the course summary. They will be accessible by anyone from outside of the course just like the course name and/or summary. By default, only .jpg, .gif, and .png file types are allowed for course summary files.

Course Format


A course format refers to the layout of a course. You will see this format style in the Content pane.

Number of Sections

This option lets you decide the count of sections needed for the course.

Hidden Sections

This option allows you to decide how the hidden sections in your course are displayed to students. By default, a small area is shown (in collapsed form, usually gray) to indicate where the hidden section is, though they still cannot actually see the hidden activities and texts. This is particularly useful in the Weekly format, so that non-class weeks are clear, or if you have quizzes you don’t want your students to see.

TIPIf you choose, these non-available items can be completely hidden, so that students do not even know that sections or an activity in the course are hidden.

Course Layout

The course layout setting determines whether the whole course is displayed on one page or split over several pages. The setting currently applies to the topics and weekly core course formats and contributed collapsed topics course format only.

Instructors choose from the drop-down whether they wish to show all sections on one page in the familiar scrolling format, or show one section per page.

If one section per page is selected, the course page is abbreviated to a list of links to individual sections. If an individual section is shown, next and previous sections may be accessed via links above and below the section.


Force Language

If you force a language in a course, the interface of Moodle in this course will be in this particular language, even if a student has selected a different preferred language in his/her personal profile.

Number of Announcements

The announcements forum is a special forum which is created automatically in the course, has forced subscription set by default, and only users with appropriate permissions (by default teachers) can post in it.

This setting determines how many recent announcements appear in the latest announcements block. If an announcements forum is not required in the course, this setting should be set to zero.

Show Gradebook to Students

Here you can decide whether to allow students to see the link to Grades in the Administration pane. If your course doesn’t use graded activities, it makes sense to disable this. If grades are used and this link is disabled, students can still see their grade from the actual activity itself, such as an assignment.

Show Activity Reports

Here you can decide whether to show students their activity reports. Doing so places a load on the server, however, which is why the setting is disabled by default.

Files and Uploads

Maximum Upload Size

This setting determines the largest size of a file that can be uploaded to the course, limited by the site-wide setting set by an administrator. Activity modules also include a maximum upload size setting for further restricting the file size.

Completion Tracking

Enable Completion Tracking

If enabled, activity completion conditions may be set in the activity settings and/or course completion conditions may be set.

Completion tracking must be enabled for Activity completion. Course completion criteria may also be based upon Activity completion values found in the activity’s settings.


Group Mode

Here you can define the group mode at the course level by a pull-down menu. No groups, Separate groups, and Visible groups are the choices. The selected setting will be the default group mode for all activities defined within that course. The group setting can affect what users see in the participant’s list and who they can interact with activities.

Force Group Mode

If the group mode is forced at a course-level, then this particular group mode will be applied to every activity in that course. This will override any activities that may have a special group setting.

Default Grouping

If groupings are enabled, a default grouping for course activities and resources may be set.


Teachers can add course tags here, either new tags or official tags. See Using tags for more information.

For more about content settings, please visit https://docs.moodle.org/33/en/Course_settings using your web browser.

Updated on August 31, 2019

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