External Tool activity


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. An instructor 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 configurations create a trust relationship between your site and the tool provider, allowing secure communication between them

For more information:

  • Visit the Moodle Docs for the External Tool activity.


IMS content package activity


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.

For more information:

  • Visit the Moodle Docs for the IMS content package activity.


Lightbox Gallery activity


The Lightbox Gallery enables you to upload images to be displayed in a gallery style.

As an instructor, you are able to create a gallery instance and add images individually or by uploading multiple images within a zip file. Thumbnail images will be generated for every vaild image file found.

The thumbnails are then displayed across a number of rows and columns, (depending on configuration). Clicking on a thumbnail opens the larger version within an overlay, and allows one to navigate through the gallery with the on-screen menu options or via keyboard navigation (Arrow keys, N for Next, P for Previous, C or ESC to Close).

If enabled, course members are able to leave comments within the gallery.

With advanced configuration through role overrides, it's also possible to have students or other course members contribute to the gallery as well.

For more information:

  • Visit the Moodle Docs for the Lightbox Gallery activity.


Scheduler activity


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

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

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

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Skype activity


The Skype activity allows an instructor to easily initiate group video and audio calls, send messages, and transfer files. In order to skype someone listed within the activity, they must first accept you as a contact within Skype. Instructors should add all participants to their contacts, and request that the students add the instructor. There is no requirement for students to add each other as contacts, unless they choose to communicate with each other independently.

In order to participate in a Skype activity, everyone must have a Skype ID set within their UR Courses profile.

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