Create course content

Find helpful Moodle documentation on the site. Drop down the menu item at the top – just under the search box – to select the Moodle version currently in use at Colgate.

See tutorials for adding all types of Moodle activities and resources to your course.


Short media recordings

Moodle includes players and recorders for adding short audio and video recordings to your course. The maximum file size for media uploaded to Moodle is 100MB. Media can be added to any activity or resource using the tools in the Moodle content editor.

Longer media recordings

Large audio and video files cannot be stored in Moodle. Some alternatives for storing large media files are YouTube, Google Drive or Panopto. When posting media to sites such as YouTube or Google Drive, you must ensure that the content can be accessed by students by setting the sharing options. You can then link to those files from the Moodle course.

Panopto is Colgate’s streaming media service and provides many beneficial features in addition to being an appropriate home for most large or sizable collections of media files. Panopto provides

  • security (e.g. access only from a link)
  • organization (metadata, playlists and a robust search)
  • transcription and captioning
  • browser-based and locally installed apps for recording video/audio
  • recording from multiple inputs (multiple screens, cameras and mics)
  • interactive tools (discussion, quiz)
  • viewing statistics

Find more information at Using Panopto with Moodle.


Documents, including Microsoft Word, PDFs and image files can be uploaded to Moodle. It is important to insure that the documents you make available to students are usable by all students regardless of their disability status.

SensusAccess document conversion

SensusAccess document conversion tool is available in all Moodle courses and gives students and faculty the ability to convert uploaded documents to alternative accessible formats. The SensusAccess tool should not be deleted from Moodle courses. See SensusAccess in Moodle for more information about this valuable tool.


Electronic Course Reserves is a service provided by the Colgate Libraries and documented at Course Reserves for Faculty. The on-line content for reserves is posted directly by Reserves’ staff in the applicable Moodle course, usually in the last topic (normally section 5), labelling them Electronic Reserves. Individual postings are either in the form of a PDF (obtained by or scanned by Reserves’ staff) or a link to an on-line digital resource. By using the Reserves’ specially formatted link to on-line resources in your course, students will be able to access the resource both on and off campus, and the on-line database usage statistics will reflect usage from the course.

To allow the Libraries to maintain these course reserves efficiently and legally, professors are asked to not move items from the Reserves’ section. Copy or link to the Electronic Reserves section items if you want them elsewhere in the course.

Note – Reserves’ staff will make your Moodle course visible to students when they add Electronic Reserves to it.