Moodle e-learning platform

Moodle is a learning platform that enables lecturers to set up virtual course rooms to, e.g., supplement in-class teaching. The platform can be used to provide materials and organisational information and to actively involve students. Self-tests, discussion boards, wikis or glossaries can be used. Course materials and activities can be efficiently organized in the course rooms. The Moodle interface is available in multiple languages.

Heidelberg University's Moodle platform can be accessed via the following link:

Responsive interface and extended multimedia capacity

The new version of Moodle has a responsive user interface, that is, the elements on the screen adapt to the individual device. This makes it much more convenient to use Moodle on smartphones and tablets. With the powerful video streaming server heiCAST, which stores large videos on URZ-operated servers to make them available via Moodle, using external third party providers for video streaming in Moodle courses is no longer necessary.

The URZ is responsible for the technical operation and maintenance of Moodle. The structure and features of the platform are being constantly improved.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

You can receive the rights required to create a course on Moodle by sending a written request to the IT service of the University Computing Centre (URZ).

Please note the following: 

  • If you have not yet used Moodle: Please log in to Moodle with your Uni-ID or project number before you contact the IT service. This will link your user ID with Moodle, so that you can receive the rights to create a course.

  • In order to create courses, you need the disseminator role - only lecturers of Heidelberg University can obtain this role.

  • As disseminator, you can assign the teacher role to others. Teachers can alter and supplement all course settings in a course.

  • Students do not have any editing rights within a course on Moodle. Student assistants who need extended rights, for example as a course tutor, generally have a project number associated with their work contract. With this project number, they can receive the necessary rights from the disseminator. 

A video tutorial on how to save, load and migrate courses is available (in German) in the open course "Moodle-Migration" on the new learning platform.

Due to the new database structure and the short time available, the courses and users from the old Moodle "elearning2" could unfortunately not be transferred automatically. The "Moodle Migration" course (available on the new Moodle platform) provides a video tutorial on how to backup old Moodle courses and restore them to the new Moodle platform.

The old Moodle platform "elearning2" will still be available in read-only mode until the end of the summer semester 2020, however, new courses cannot be added there.

Students receive an enrolment key to the course from their lecturer, usually shortly before or during the first session.

As a lecturer you can create a virtual room via the heiCONF web interface and share the link to the room with your course participants, e.g., by posting it in a prominent place in your Moodle course. It is also possible to generate an access code to additionally protect the room. How to do this is described in the instructions for heiCONF. A more extensive integration of heiCONF into Moodle is currently under preparation.

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