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This refers to Moodle 3.11 from August 2022 onwards

Moodle Help & Support 

How to: Embed a Xerte online toolkit project within your module

You can use the External Tool activity to add a toolkit project to Moodle. The project can be set to run from the Moodle window or in a new pop up window.

Alternatively, you can use the Xerte Toolkit embed code to embed it in a Moodle page or label but this does not pass data such as users' names or grades between Xerte Toolkits and Moodle.

Preparing your Xerte Online Toolkit

When you have completed your Xerte Online Toolkit you can choose to make it available from Moodle without having to log in again:

  1. Go to and login.
  2. Click on the name of the Toolkit you want to make available.
  3. Click 'Publish' icon (the last in the row of orange icons, like a curved arrow).

Selecting a Xerte project to publish

4. The Publish window opens. Click 'Access' (the Access screen opens).

5. Choose to make your project either:

    1. 'Public' (which means the object can be viewed from Moodle or anywhere on the Web - IF they know the URL) or (if you do NOT want anyone other than a Moodle class to be able to view it)** 
    2. 'Other', then type in This restricts the content to those coming from Moodle.

6. Click 'Change Access'.

Access tab in Publish window

7. Click the Project tab, and in that window, click 'Publish'.

8. The web address for the project will appear at the bottom of this window beneath the 'Publish' button. Make note of it as you will need it later.

9. Close the Publish window.

Project tab and Publish button

Adding a Xerte Online Toolkit activity to your module 

  1. In a module click on the 'Turn editing on' button (top right) 
  2. Go to the section you would like the Xerte activity to appear in and select the + Add an activity or resource hyperlink.
  3. From drop-down list, select the 'External tool' activity.

In the External Tool window:

  • Type an Activity Name.
  • Under Preconfigured Tool select 'Xerte Online Toolkits'.
  • Click 'Save and return to module'.

Click into the Activity you've just added.

  • Select the appropriate project from your list of Xerte Toolkit resources and click Select.

You normally will not need to adjust any other settings.

On your main Moodle page, click on the 'Turn editing off' button (top right)  when you have finished.

Student View

Note that the first time a student accesses the Xerte object, they will be asked to login with their usual University username and password.

Further help with Xerte

If you require further help using Xerte, these links will help: