Getting Started with Moodle and Blogs at Emily Carr

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Welcome to 2016!

Here is a faculty how to post for requesting new Moodle or Blogs for use in delivering curriculum to students. There are also links to guides and support documentation.

New Moodle Course Requests (

  • If you need a new course shell/shells for the upcoming semester(s), please first login to the Moodle course site at – then go to the Instructor Services drop-down menu located in the top menus of the site and select, “request a new course“.
    You will need to enter the full mnemonic name and title of your course. Please also copy and paste in your course summary from the main Emily Carr website course description.
  • There is also an area called “previous course info” for you to fill in with the Moodle course you are currently teaching or have taught before, whose material you would like us to bring into your new Moodle course shell.

Moodle Documentation

By default new Moodle courses will be setup with the Gourmet theme. To choose another theme – either the Clean, Elegance or Lambda themes – first login to Moodle, go to your course and in the right hand blocks under Administration select “Edit Settings” (see screen shot below) Changing your theme does not affect your Moodle content, so you can try them out and find a theme style that best suits you.

Next scroll down the page and open up the Appearance settings and click on “Force theme”, then choose your new course theme.

Click on Save Changes  at the bottom of your page when you are done.

You may also want to choose the Collapsed Topics courses format, which nicely compresses the content of each week.

Blogging (WordPress) Course Requests (

  • Faculty interested in having a blog setup for a course, should send a request to with the full mnemonic name and title of the course. The Teaching and Learning Centre will setup the blog and provide training through group and individual workshops. Interested faculty can see examples of course blogs in the archived directory at (*Please note: you will need to login with your ECU credentials to view these course blogs).

Additional Faculty Resources

  • Support

    • Andy An, Technical, IT or Student Support: 604.630.4565 or
    • Grant Gregson, Faculty Support (Moodle and Blogs): 604.630.4554 or
  • Onsite Campus Resources and Services for faculty and staff can be seen at
  • Home Use Software is available to Faculty, Staff, and Administrator employee groups. You may have Home Use Rights for as long as you remain an ECU employee. Home Use Rights applies to both Mac and PC computers. Home Use Rights are available for two software Suites: Microsoft Office and the Adobe Master Collection. Please visit for more information.
  • Apple Software
    Unfortunately, Apple does not make available to the University software for home use, but you can get a discount for Apple or any Apple products. Please visit the Campus Apple store at for more information on pricing and products. If you show your Emily Carr staff card, you can also get discounts for any products at any University bookstore such as SFU’s, UBC’s, Langara’s, etc.
  • Filming your Event. If you wish to have a guest lecture event video recorded at Emily Carr, please visit the Emily Carr University Production Services (ECUPS) website at for a list of its services and to book an event. Please note that each hour of video or audio post-production and web publishing will be billed at $22.00 an hour.
  • Visit the Teaching and Learning Centre website at  and the Exploring Pedagogical Practices at Emily Carr  website for more resources and announcements for faculty.

The Teaching and Learning Centre is located in room 201 in the North Building at Emily Carr University. Please visit for more information about the resources and services available to faculty in the TLC. Faculty and staff may also drop in for a quick consultation or to schedule a longer one-on-one workshop. Group workshops are announced throughout each semester.

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