This page is for LSE staff using Moodle.  If you are a student, visit Moodle FAQ’s for students

If you cannot find the answer you need here, please contact for further help.

Go to and log in with your LSE network username and password.
Your Moodle username/password is the same as your LSE network username/password (i.e. what you use to log into LSE public computers).
Your Moodle password is always the same as your LSE network password.  So, if you want to change it on Moodle, you’ll have to change it on the network.  You can do this in LSEforYou.
  • Teacher – When you have this role on a Moodle course you can see student grades, read their assignments, view their activity, give them marks etc.
  • Teacher (Editor) – When you have this role on a Moodle course, in addition to the above you can edit the course.


If you enrol yourself on a course, you only have student level access.  This means you cannot see student grades, read their assignments, view their activity etc.  To do that you need to be a ‘Teacher’ or ‘Teacher (Editor)’ on the course.

  • To become a ‘Teacher’ – contact your Moodle editor, who will then give you (non-editing) ‘Teacher’ access.  If you are not sure who is editing you course, look in the Navigation block for the Participants list, then choose Teacher (Editor) from the menu at the top.
  • To become a ‘Teacher (Editor)’ – If you need to be able to edit the course yourself then you will need to be a teacher (editor).  Some departments have the ability to create Teacher Editors.  Check with your administration team to see if this is the case, if it is not then please contact, giving the course code and the name of the lead academic.
Did you upload it to Moodle? The files on your computer or on your H: space and the files within Moodle are completely independent.  If you change a file on your H: space, for example, it remains unchanged on Moodle until you upload it.

Turn on editing and click on the Update button alongside the file in Moodle.  Click Add.. to re-upload the file and choose to overwrite the old one.

You can’t save a file from the course by right-clicking and choosing “Save as…”.  This just saves the Moodle ‘container’ page, rather than the file itself.  To save the file, click on the link first to open it in the browser, then use File > Save as… from the browser menu.
Use of Moodle at LSE is supported only for the purposes of teaching and learning (including staff development).  LTI are unable to support the use of Moodle for purely administrative purposes or other non-teaching uses.  There are a variety of other tools that may be suitable for your requirements contact with an outline of what you are looking for and we can get back to you with some alternatives.
Moodle courses are re-used year to year. Each August/September we remove students and their data (e.g. assignment submissions) from the majority of courses so that they are ready for the new cohort of students. For detailed information see: Moodle end of year arrangements.

Start of year checklist
Each September, before the start of an academic year we recommend you review this checklist:

  • Links
    Check for broken links
    Ensure your epack (scanned readings) have been renewed (contact:
    Ensure electronic readings are links and not uploaded files
  • Dates
    Update course and activity dates – If you are using the weekly format please ensure that you set the correct course start date. For half unit courses this will be the same as the start date for Michaelmas or Lent terms and for full unit courses it’ll be the same as the start of the Michaelmas term. See the school’s website for this year’s terms dates. You will also need to update dates in activities such as Assignments.
  • Your homepage
    Make sure your homepage is clearly organised – you can use the summary at the start of each section, text labels and indents.  See our blog post on layout and design for more info.

Finally and most importantly

Reveal your course to students – most students were automatically hidden in early September. When your course is ready, reveal it via the ‘Availability’ section in ‘Edit Settings’ of the Administration block.

1. Go to your course in Moodle and in the Administration block, click “Users”, then “Enrolment Methods”.
2. If you do not see “Guest access” listed, select “Guest access” from the drop-down list labelled “Add method”
3. Click the “eye” icon in the Guest access method’s “Edit” column to enable it.
4. Now, in the Administration block click “Edit settings”.
5. Scroll to “Guest access”
6. Set “Allow guest access” to “Yes”
7. Optionally, set a password so that only guests who know the password will be permitted access.
8. Click ‘Save changes’ at the bottom of the page.
9. Note: Guest access is a restrictive role. Guests can view resources but cannot participate in activities, such as forums, or quizzes.
1. In the ‘Course Administration’ block, click ‘Users’, then ‘Enrolment methods’ and click ‘Self enrolment (student)’.
2. Set ‘Allow self enrolment’ to ‘No’.
Go to your course in Moodle and in the Administration block, go to Course administration > Users > Enrolled users. Check the list to see whether the user is already enrolled on the course.

If they are:

1. check the Roles column to see what role they have. If the role they need (e.g. student, teacher) is not listed, click the + button and choose the appropriate role.

If they are not:

1. Click the Enrol users button at the top right (or bottom right).
2. Choose the role you wish to add in the menu at the top.
3. Type the student or teacher’s surname into the search field at the bottom and press enter.
4. Find their name in the list, and click Enrol to add them to the course.

1. Log onto Moodle and go to your course.
2. In the Administration block click ‘users’, ‘enrolled users’.
3. Check who has enrolled on your course and add or remove students.

See ‘How do I manually add or remove students from my Moodle course?’.

Go to your course on Moodle, and in the Administration block, go to Course administration > Users > Enrolled users. Find the person in the list of enrolled users.

1. Check the Enrolment method column to see how they have been added to your course. You cannot remove students who have been added by LSE IMS Messaging. This is because they have registered to take the course and they must drop the course in LSE for You.
2. Click the grey ‘X’ icon at the bottom-right of the enrolment method’s box.
3. A warning message will appear: Do you really want to un-enrol user “Firstname Lastname” from course “coursename”?
4. If you wish to do so, click “Continue”.

Anyone with an LSE account (username/password) will be able to enrol (add themselves as a student) onto Moodle courses. If you want to restrict access to specific students you can create an enrolment key.

An enrolment key is a password you create and distribute to only those you want to have access to your Moodle course. For example you can create an enrolment key in Moodle and distribute it to your students during their first class or lecture.

To set an enrolment key (or view/remove an existing one):

1. log onto Moodle and go to your course.
2. In the Administration block to go Users > Enrolment methods > Self enrolment
3. Enter an enrolment key. Tick ‘Unmask’ to see what you are typing.
4. To remove an existing enrolment key, just delete it.
5. Click ‘Save changes‘ at the bottom of the page.

Don’t forget to check that the course is available to students for enrolment

You will notice that there are a number of other settings you can use to control self enrolment. Click the blue question mark next to each one to find out more.

To manage enrolments (i.e. control who has access to your course) you can follow the steps below:

1. Request that all students enrol by a specific date.
2. Once this date has passed change the enrolment key so that no further enrolments are accepted.
3. Check who has enrolled onto your course and add or remove students. See ‘How do I manually add or remove students from my Moodle course’.

By default courses are set to be unavailable to students. Once your course is ready, you can make it available to students by following the steps below:

1. Log onto Moodle and go to your course
2. Look in the Administration block and click Edit settings
3. Change the Visible setting to ‘Show’
4. Click ‘Save’ changes on the bottom of the page

Your course will now by listed and will appear on students ‘My courses’ lists and when students search for it.

Note: When a course is available anyone with an LSE username/password can enrol (have access) to it. If you wish to restrict the access of your Moodle course to only your students you can use an enrolment key.

To request the creation of a new course email the following information:

1. The name of the course
2. The name(s) of the Teachers/Editors to be added onto the course

LTI will create the course and email you back.