Moodle Resources


Rick has used Moodle to deliver his courses at St. Ambrose University and The University of Iowa since 2003. His first version was Moodle 1.8, which he installed on his shared-hosting website using an auto-install utility. Later, he switched to running a VPS and learned to install Moodle manually, which he continues to do. Currently, he is using the latest version of Moodle.

Rick is an advocate of online education and LMSs. He has experience with Blackboard 9, Desire2Learn, and Canvas, but he still prefers Moodle over these.

Rick provides assistance with Moodle via forums and MoodleMoots.

If you're looking for personalized assistance, Rick is the go-to person. Don't hesitate to contact him for expert help.

Moodle Interview - 2023

Videos and Professional Presentations

Below are links to presentations that I have provided. When you click on the title of the presentation, you will get to more resources for each of these. Most presentations have an included video.

Moodle 4.2 Customization using CSS

Rick's current Raw initial SCSS. Last updated 5/17/2023. Moodle 4.2+ (Build: 20230427)

Rick's current Raw SCSS. Last updated 5/17/2023. Moodle 4.2+ (Build: 20230427)

Moodle Installs, Management, and Upgrades Videos

Here is a list of videos that I have either produced, or plan to produce (Coming!)

  1. Benefiting from Collapsed Topics 4
  2. Backing up your Moodle the fast (SSH) way. (Coming!)
  3. How to use Vimeo with Moodle (Coming!)
  4. Preparing a VPS for Moodle (Coming!)
  5. Installing Moodle on a VPS using Only cPanel
  6. Installing a Sandbox Moodle on a PC
  7. Installing a Sandbox Moodle on a Mac
  8. Installing Moodlebox an a Raspberry Pi (Coming!)
  9. Upgrading Moodle on a VPS using Only cPanel
  10. Upgrading Your Sandbox (Coming!)
  11. Upgrading Moodlebox (Coming!)
  12. Migrating your VPS Moodle to your Sandbox, VPS, and Moodlebox.

Other Moodle Related Videos

Rick's Moodle videos for students.

Connecting Moodle to MS PowerBI and Tableau



Old Videos that Might still be Useful

Many "hosted" servers no longer support the modern features that Moodle requires. So what I show in these videos will likely not work. However, I am keeping these turned on for reference.

1). A video showing how Rick installs Moodle on a GoDaddy hosted server.

2). A video showing how Rick prepares for Moodle "migration" on a GoDaddy hosted server. A good share of this video shows how to upgrade your new Moodle as you prepare it for the migration.

3) A video showing how I actually upgrade my production Moodle (a recommended step for migration.)

A video showing how I migrate a copy of my production Moodle to my new Moodle.

A video showing how Rick changes php.ini settings for Moodle on a GoDaddy hosted server.

Here are some resources that Rick uses for his own Moodle.

Theme settings

Daily Backup Script

SSH script files for upgrades (a zip file)

php Settings for GoDaddy Hosted Server

my.cnf MySQL configuration file

Example of my "Welcome Email" for student enrollment.

Some other useful websites and information about Moodle.

Packt Publishing has many books to learn about Moodle.

Online Teaching Information

Article: Asynchronous-Synchronous E-Learning

Various Place to Visit - the main place for users of Moodle. - Moodle user forums.  This is where I hang out the most. - a free Moodle installation, with some limitations, that can be used to learn Moodle. - A place to experiment with Moodle features. (I seldom use it because I have my own local sandbox.) - A demo site for Moodle. - Some other demos (Including Mount Orange School) - An interesting site that has a demo of Moodle’s powerful quiz engine. - A place to post bugs and feature requests.  The technical/developmental side of Moodle. - Main Moodle documentation - Moodle’s Users Association (I am a $100AUD member). - The “commercial” side of Moodle.  (I seldom visit this site.)

Future Work

Some video future plans....

Links to Moodle Documentation and Misc



Example of a Moodle Tracker Feature Request: MDL-31355. Link a due date from Forum to the Calendar. Created by Rick on 1/25/2012, implemented on 4/13/2019. This illustrated the thought and care that Moodle programmers put into a feature request idea. It took over 7 years for this request to be implemented.

For comparison, here is a request in the Canvas Community (Sort Students in People List) that is simply asking to be able to sort the list of "People." This was created on 1/24/2018, it has 232 votes, and nothing is being done on it. Furthermore, the system to show progress is terrible. The original request was "canned," meaning moved to "cold storage" (see first post) and cannot be found!