This page supplies TELT Administrators with instructions for creating a Moodle course site in myUNSW and releasing it to course instructors.

For permission (in both myUNSW and Moodle) to do this, apply to Academic Administration. Your Head of School or Associate Dean, Education, will have to sign off on your application.


This page presents details of the Learning Management System (LMS) transition from Blackboard Learn to Moodle, and the Educational Media Services (EMS) transition projects for Lecture Recording (Lectopia to EchoSystem) and Educational Media (UNSWTV to Media Distribution System).

Timeline for TELT transition projects 

This timeline shows the transition and migration phases, key dates and support available for the  Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT) transition projects in 2013 and 2014.

The systems affected include:


The Lightbox Gallery tool enables you to create an image gallery in your Moodle course. When you set up a lightbox gallery you can enable commenting on images.

Getting started

Before you create your lightbox gallery, upload the relevant images to the legacy course files area. To simplify this process, zip your files before you upload them, then unzip them inside legacy course files.

In 2013–14 UNSW will change its eLearning systems. As part of this transition, Blackboard will be replaced by the Moodle learning management system. See our TELT Transitions Project page for details.
For details about the recent upgrade to Moodle see this Moodle 2.5 — Summary of Changes.
For known issues, please see our Known Issues page.



You can use blocks to customise the look and functionality of your course home page. Think of them as shortcuts to critical parts of your course. 

Getting started  

There are several kinds of blocks in Moodle. View the following slide show to see a few examples of blocks used on Moodle course home pages.


UNSW Moodle was upgraded from Moodle 2.3 to Moodle 2.5 on Wednesday 27 November, 2013.

Key features and improvements

1 For teachers and students:


Mahara is a Personal Learning Environment that allows you to create online portfolios. At UNSW, Mahara is integrated with Moodle, allowing staff to create Mahara assignments within Moodle to which students can submit Mahara pages for assessment purposes.

Mahara offers the following benefits: