Moodle Resources


Rick has been using 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 a strong advocate for online education and learning management systems (LMSs). Although he has experience with Blackboard 9, Desire2Learn, and Canvas, he still prefers Moodle over these.

Rick also provides assistance with Moodle via forums and MoodleMoots. If you need personalized assistance with Moodle, Rick is the go-to person. You can contact him for expert help without hesitation.

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Videos and Professional Presentations

These are presentations and significant videos that I have provided. Many of the presentations have an included video and additional resources that accompanied the presentation.

Moodle 4.2 Boost 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)

Rick's Backup and Upgrade Scripts

Upgrading Moodle (mp4, 7 minutes). This is a quick overview of now I upgrade my Moodle.

Backup script: This can run as a standalone script. I requires a separate file, which I have named "m4_vars.txt" where database credentials are kept.

Upgrade script: In this my Moodle upgrade script. Within it, I call my Backup script.

Future Planned Videos

This is a list of videos that I plan to produce. Let me know if you think one should be a priority.

  1. Backing up your Moodle the fast (SSH) way.
  2. What Idaho State University Missed in their Canvas Evaluation
  3. Using Vimeo Educationally with LMSs (Moodle)
  4. Course Comparison: Moodle and Canvas
  5. How to Install Moodle on a VPS
  6. Are all LMS Discussion Boards Created Equally?
  7. How to use Vimeo with Moodle
  8. Preparing a VPS for Moodle
  9. Installing Moodlebox an a Raspberry Pi
  10. Upgrading Your Sandbox
  11. Upgrading Moodlebox
  12. Migrating your VPS Moodle to your Sandbox, VPS, and Moodlebox.

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

Places 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


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!

Moodle Notes QR Code