The database activity module allows the teacher and/or students to build, display and search a bank of record entries about any topic. Default display templates are created automatically, but can be modified by the instructor for more advanced features.


Watch a video tutorial about how to add a Database activity to your course. 

Text-based Instructions

  1. After turning on editing, Choose Database from the Activities section of the Add an Activity or resource pull-down menu in a topic area. Note that a summary of this activity is displayed in the right column along with a link to More help. Click on Add to add this activity to your course page.
  2. On the database settings, fill in the required items, which are designated with a red asterisk and make any needed adjustments to other settings. You can expand all of the sections at one time, but clicking on Expand All in the upper-right corner of the window. After you are satisfied with your settings, click on Save and display to define the fields.
  3. You will be taken to a database definition page. Items listed horizontally are tabs to other pages. Click on the Fields tab to move to the field page. Create a field by choosing a field type from the pull-down Create a new field menu. Add as many fields as needed.
  4. Click on the Templates tab to view the default templates. In order to get started, we recommend that you initially save these default templates. Once they are saved, you can go into the activity and see what the various templates look like and then make adjustments as needed. To save the default templates that are created when you create the fields, for example, click on List template, scroll down and click Save template click on Simple template, scroll down and click Save template. Do the same (click and save) for any of the other templates that you plan to use. 

  5. Your database is now ready to have content added. Return to the course page and click on the database link. To add content, click on the Add Entry tab. As more and more content is added, use the search features and single and view lists to display the content contained in the database.

For more information about the database activity, please visit Moodle Docs 

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