Moodle 3: Activities & Resources: Database Settings

For instructions on adding a Database activity to your course, see Moodle 3: Activities & Resources: Add a Database.

Database Settings

General Settings

The General settings allow the instructor to provide a name and description for the activity.

The General section in database settings

Entries Settings

Require approval - If set to yes, any entry made to the database must be approved before it is included.

Comments - This option lets the instructor decide if the students can post comments about entries.

Entries required for completion - This allows the instructor to set how many, if any, entries are required for completion.

Entries required before viewing - This option allows the instructor to set how many, if any, entries are required to view the contents of the database.

Maximum entries - This allows the instructor to set the maximum amount of entries any particular student can submit to the database.

The Entries section in database settings

Availability Settings

The Availability settings allows the instructor to specify the amount of time students have to add entries, but also the amount of time that allows for viewing only.

The Availability section in database settings

RSS Settings

If using the Moodle RSS feeder, this setting specifies how many entries are visible in the feed.

The RSS section in database settings

Grade Settings

In the this section, instructors can choose a grade category IF they have already created categories in the gradebook.

NOTE: Ratings must be enabled before the Grade menu will appear in the settings. (Enable the ratings, save the changes, and then go back into the settings to select a grade category.)

The Grade settings window

Ratings Settings

Instructors can grade database entries by setting up the Ratings options. Entries use a rating scale which you can customize. The aggregate type is how all the ratings are combined to form the final grade. If a Point Scale is used (recommended), the Maximum Grade should be changed to reflect the scale (0 to 5, for example).

Instructors can also Restrict ratings to items within a specific date/time range. For example, only database entries made by the deadline will be rated if this setting is enabled.

The Ratings section in database settings

Common Module Settings

Use the dropdown menus to customize the Common Module Settings. Options in this section include showing/hiding the activity from students and whether the activity will be set to Group mode. This allows students to post and respond to only their group (or section).

The Common Module section in database settings

Restrict Access Settings

The database can be restricted based upon a date, group, activity completion of another activity/resource in the course, etc.

NOTE: If more than one restriction is added, students must meet EACH of the requirements before the database becomes available.

The Restrict access section in database settings

Activity Completion Settings

By default, students can manually mark the database activity as complete, but an instructor can change this to be required. If required, the students can be marked complete by viewing the activity and/or receiving a grade.

The Activity completion section in database settings

Tags Settings

Tags are keywords that can be added to an activity or resource.

The Tags section in database settings

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