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How can I transfer grades from Moodle to KUSSS?

 1. Grade letters in Moodle

If you use reviews in Moodle, you can add grades to KUSSS. The precondition for this is that the grades result from a percentage of the maximum achievable score.

This are the default grade letters:

Grade letters 

You can find the stored grades on the left in the block "Administration". Select "Gradebook setup"> "Letters".

If you want to make changes, click on "Edit grade letters".

Attention: The grades must correspond to the textual grades in KUSSS.   Therefore, the following grades are possible for a takeover:

  • Sehr Gut
  • Gut
  • Befriedigend
  • Genügend
  • Nicht Genügend
  • Mit Erfolg teilgenommen
  • Ohne Erfolg teilgenommen

There are other grades that can be imported but not finally saved. They can therefore only be displayed for information (e.g. for an intermediate score).

  • keine Beurteilung
  • Positiv
  • Teilbeurteilung

In the grader report, you see at the "Course total" by default the number of points. If you want to see the grade and percentage, please do the following:

  1. On the left side of the "Administration" block, click on "Gradebook setup" and select "Grader report".

  2. On t op right there is a button "turn on editing".

  3. Click on the gearwheel under your course title and in the next window under "Category total " on "Show more ...".                                gearwheel
  4. For "Grade display type", select "Letter (percentage)" and "Save changes".
  5. To get the right display, please click on "Turn editing off" in the top right corner.
 2. Import the grades into KUSSS

After you have created an exam in KUSSS, you can use the student list from your Moodle course in the assessment list. In the case of student import, select "Moodle" from the pull-down menu (1).

In the KUSSS student import - Moodle

In the next step you can load the categories from Moodle (2):

Student import from Moodle

After loading the grade category, you can define which notes you want to load:

Load notes

Select which grade category to use. Here you can load either the "whole LVA" (equivalent to "sum for the course" in Moodle) or a self-created rating category (1).

It is always resorted to the grade levels!

With the filter all reviews can be loaded, or only those which are "positive" or "negative".

"Negative" are the following ratings: "Ohne Erfolg teilgenommen", "Nicht Genügend", "Keine Beurteilung" and "Nicht Bestanden".

After clicking on the "Load" button, the available ratings are loaded. You can now select all or individual students and add them to the assessment list with the button "<< Add".

When loading, all available notes of the respective category are always loaded. If you e. g. want to issue separate grades for a major and final exam, you will need your own grade category in the moodle or you will carry out the rework manually in KUSSS.

Where can I set a preview picture for my course?

Open your course and under "Administration" > "Course administration" > "Edit settings" > „Course image“ you can add an image by drag & drop. Finally click on „Save and display“. 

Here you can use the images from the  image database  of the university communications or your new  institute logo.

Within the institute, it would be nice if you use different graphics.

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I have a new empty course - how do I start?

  1. Open your Moodle course.
  2. Click the "Turn on editing" button in the top right corner.
  3. Select "Add topics" on the right to better structure the course.
    1. You can enter and add the number of topics (sections, weeks, modules, ...). More topics can be added at any time.
  4. The top section is normally used for general information and is only shown when content has been added. For example, you can insert an announcement forum there.
  5. If you click on " Add an activity or resource " on the right, you can create activities such as quizzes, assignments (with submission option) and surveys or resources such as files and URLs.

How can I upload a file?

There are several ways to upload files to Moodle.

 The easiest way is by drag & drop:
  1. In your course, select "Turn editing on" in the top right-hand corner to activate the editing mode.

  2. You can drag and drop the files from a storage location on your PC/laptop into the desired area in Moodle. For documents, we recommend uploading as a PDF.

  3. The file(s) will be uploaded and will be available immediately afterwards.
    PDF is visible in the course

  4. Click on the pencil symbol next to the file name to rename the file. Press the "Enter" key to confirm and save the entry.
    edit pdf name

  5. The file can be moved up or down with the arrow cross.

How can I copy content?

 Function "Import"

If you want to copy course content from a course on the consisting Moodle to a course on the same Moodle, use "Import". You must have editing rights in both courses.

  1. Log in to  Moodle  and go to the course in which you want to copy the content.
  2. On the left side of the "Administration"> "Course administration" block, select "Import".
  3. Nun suchen Sie den Kurs, aus dem Sie Inhalte kopieren möchten.
  4. Now find the course you want to copy content from.
  5. If you want to copy all the content, press "Skip All Settings" (1).   (If you only want to insert a certain part, you have here (2) the first possibility to select. By clicking on "Next" (3) you will come to several pages, where you can further restrict the elements to be copied   If you only want to import one topic into an already filled course, make sure that there is an empty block at the appropriate place.)

  6. After complete import press "Next" to get back to your course. You have successfully copied content.
 Function "Backup" and "Restore"

Backup your course

You can use the "Backup" function to save course content (without user data). Please make sure that no backup copies remain in Moodle. They should be stored outside (e. g. at a network drive).

  1. Log in to Moodle and open the course with the required content.
  2. On the left side of the "Administration"> "Course administration", select "Backup".
  3. Please do not change the default settings and press "Skip further settings".
  4. After the backup has been completed, you can go to the overview of the backup files available with "Next". Now click on "Download" for the respective file and save it.

Each backup file needs space on the server. So that the Moodle platform does not become unnecessarily slow, please delete the file in Moodle after saving it on your workstation. To restore, you only need the locally saved file.

  1. Click on "Manage backup files" and then on the file to be deleted.

  2. A pop-up will appear - press the "Delete" button and then "OK". 

  3. To complete the deletion click on "Save changes".

To back up grades, please use the grade export. In the course, go to "Administration "> "Course administration" > "Gradebook setup" and select the required format from the drop-down menu under Export.

Restore your Moodle course

If you want to restore a backup from a course, use the "Restore" function.

  1. First, log in to Moodle and go to the course where the saved content should be inserted.
  2. Select "Restore" on the left block "Administration"> "Course administration".
  3. Now select the backup file or drag and drop it into the intended field.
  4. After the blue loading bar has disappeared, click on "Restore" and then on "Next".
  5. Under "Restore to this course", you must leave the default setting "Merge with the secured course" and click "Next".

  6. You now have to press the "Next" button several times and finally "Restore". Please do not change any settings on these pages if you want to insert all content. Depending on the number of elements to be copied, you may need to scroll far down to get to the appropriate buttons.

  7. After successful restoration, you can click on "Continue" to access your course. You have successfully copied the contents.

There is basically a backup for our moodles. However, this backup cannot be used to restore individual content if it has been accidentally deleted.

To ensure legal requirements, such as archiving obligations, there is the option of exporting the quiz attempts and storing them in this way (see "How do I use the activity "Quiz"?" under "How can I archive quiz attempts?").

How can I copy a wiki incl. content?

The course copy generally has a new Wiki set up. The existing content is linked to the Wiki authors. To transfer content, a copy must be made with anonymous users. To make a copy of the Wiki including all content, please send an e-mail  ( including the Wiki link, an abbreviated designation of the target course . We will take care of the copy.

How do I use the recycle bin?

If you have deleted an activity or resource, the menu item "Recycle bin" appears on the left in the Administration block under "Course administration" after about one minute and reloading the page. Content will remain there for a maximum of 7 days.

  1. Click on the menu item "Recycle bin" in the Administration block on the left under "Course administration". 
    Recycle bin is being clicked.

  2. In the course recycle bin, you can now either restore the deleted content or delete it permanently. 
    The Restore button is pressed.

  3. If you click on the button under "Restore", the content will be restored accordingly.

How do I see if there is anything new in a course?

Check under "Recent Activity" to see what materials have been added.

How can I add more topics (sections) and rename individual topics (sections) in my course?

 Add topics
  1. In your course, select "Turn editing on" in the top right-hand corner to activate the editing mode.
    Turn editing on

  2. Click on "Add topics" at the bottom right.
    Button add topics

  3. Select the desired number of sections to be added and confirm.
    pop-up add topics
 Rename topics

The individual topics (sections) are generally named Topic 1, Topic 2, etc.

  1. In your course, select "Turn editing on" in the top right-hand corner to activate the editing mode.
    turn editing on

  2. Click on the pencil icon next to the heading to rename the topic/section.
    edit title

  3. Press "Enter" to confirm and save the entry.
    edited title

You can also click on "Edit" > "Edit topic" on the right. In this case, you must first select the "Custom" checkbox to be able to change the "Section name". A description can always be entered.

What is the best way to insert text into Moodle?

To avoid problems in Moodle, please paste text without formatting.

On Windows, do this as follows:

  1. Select the text you want to copy, for example, in Word.
  2. After right-clicking on the highlighted area, select "Copy" or copy the text with Ctrl + C.
  3. Then, in Moodle, right-click in the editor and choose "Paste as unformatted text" or paste the text with Ctrl + Shift + V.

Under macOS there is the shortcut: Shift - ALT - CMD - V

What options do I have to hide things in Moodle or only show them under certain conditions?

  • Hide course
    1. Click on "Edit settings" in the "Administration" block on the left under "Course administration".
    2. Under "Course visibility" you can hide the course from students.
  • Topic (hide section)
    1. Click on "Turn editing on" at the top right.
    2. Select "Edit" > "Hide topic" to the right of the topic title.
    3. The topic incl. all activities and working resources contained in it will be hidden from students.
  • Hide activity or work resource
    1. Click on "Turn editing on" at the top right.
    2. Select "Edit" > "Hide" to the right of the activity or work resouce to hide it from students.


    1. Click on the activity or work resource. 
    2. In the "Administration" block on the left under "Course administration", select "Edit settings".
    3. Under "Common module settings" you can also set the "Availability" to "Hide from students".


    1. Click on "Turn editing on" at the top right.
    2. Select "Edit" > "Edit settings" to the right of the activity or work resource.
    3. Under "Common module settings" you can also set the "Availability" to "Hide from students".
  • Show topic, activity or work resource only under certain conditions
    1. Click on "Turn editing on" at the top right.
    2. Select "Edit" > "Edit section", "Edit topic" or "Edit settings" to the right of the topic, activity or work resource.
    3. Under "Restrict access" > "Add restriction..." you can now define under which circumstances it should be visible to students, e.g. grade of an activity, group or a special period. You can also find an explanation of this in the official Moodle documentation.