PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to save any content from courses that are older than 18 months, you have several options. The first option is to download and save the content to your own computer. The second option is to import the content into a Master Course in Moodle 3. For each course you teach, you can get a single Master Course created. Instructors can use a Master Course to create and store content for a course to be taught in a future semester. Students do not get enrolled in Master Courses. For instructions on how to request a Master Course, please visit GROK article 18456.

Ways to Restore or Import Content into a Moodle 3 Course:

Moodle allows those in an instructor role to restore Moodle courses with other course backups or to import content from one course to another. Below is a list of different options which allow you to restore or import course materials into a course.


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New LSU Moodle Theme

LSU will be deploying a new theme in the LSU Academic Moodle environment on May 13, 2019. The new theme, called Snap, will allow for a clean design, improved navigation capabilities, and a universally accessible structure. All features currently available in LSU Moodle will still be available after the new theme is deployed.

NOTE: The theme settings can be controlled by the instructor(s) of each individual course.


Impacts of the New Theme

1. Overall appearance will change

2. Navigation in Snap will be different. This short video highlights some of these differences:

Overview of the new Snap theme

3. Courses wil be created by default in SNAP starting Fall 2019 c

Moodle courses now have the option to be displayed in different themes. Along with the traditional Essentials theme, instructors can now use the newer Snap theme. This article contains information on how to change between these two themes. 

To Change the Moodle Course to the SNAP Theme:

1. Log In to Moodle.

2. In the Administration Block select Edit Settings. 

the administration block with the cursor over edit settings


3. In the appearance section, these is a dropdown box that is labeled Force Theme.  Choose the SNAP option for the menu. 

changing the force theme to SNAP


4. Click Save and display.

Save and display button


To Change the Moodle Course Theme from SNAP back to Essential: 

1. On the course page that you want to change, click the Settings button in the top right corner of the window. 

settings button in the snap course page


2. Click Edit settings from the menu that appears. 

edit settings button in the snap course page


3. Click on the Appearance tab from the course settings list. 

opening the appearance settings for a snap course page


4. Change the theme by using the Force theme drop down box. Click Essential to change the theme back to the traditional setting. 

changing the force theme of a moodle course


5. Click Save and Display. 

save and display button in moodle

Changing Default Theme for Course Creation

1. On the Moodle Home page, scroll down below the list of courses to Course Preferences and choose Creation/Enrollment.

Moodle theme creation enrollment


2. Next, go to Course Creation Settings and uncheck “Use system defaults”. Then use the Force theme drop down to choose the preferred theme for course creation. If “Do not force” is chosen, the default theme, Snap, will be used.

Course theme do not force

*NOTE: Beginning the Fall 2015 semester, plus/minus grading is required for all undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses using the A+ through F letter grading system. The default scale in Moodle will be a "sample" grading scale in which instructors can adjust to meet their own needs. 

If the plus and minus scale does not show up, or if you do not see enough spaces for all the letter grade boundaries for the plus/minus scale, please uncheck the "OVERRIDE SITE DEFAULT" and follow the instructions below to change the default values of each grade scale boundary. Click on "SAve CHANGES" when finished.

For additional information regarding the plus/minus grades guidelines, please visit the Office of the University Registrar website.

To Customize the Letter Grade Scale in a Moodle Course:

1. Log in to Moodle.


Moodle allows you to transfer your students' midterm final grades into your myLSU grade sheets. You will still need to go through the myLSU Post Grades application to submit grades to the Registrar's Office.

NOTE: Only the Instructor of Record can submit the midterm and final grades for a course. Even if you are enrolled as a Primary Instructor of a Moodle course, you will not be able to post grades to PAWS if you are not listed on the Mainframe as the instructor of record.


To Post Moodle Grades:

1. Log into Moodle(  and select the course.

2. During Post Grades (MidTerms & Finals), the Post Grades Block will display and links will appear for each section, as well as a list of degree candidates. This is the time to transfer your grades from Moodle to the Mainframe grade sheets. &n

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