Moodle Help & Support (Student)

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This refers to Moodle 3.11 from August 2022 onwards  

A database is used as a collection of knowledge. For instance, your tutor may use it to store a list of verbs if you’re studying a language, or information on hormones featured in Endocrinology. 

Your tutor can allow you to add entries or keep it closed.

How to contribute to an open, editable database.

Once you’re in the Database page, in our example ‘Social Activities in Nottingham’, you should see guidance on how to use the Database and you may see previous entries from the tutor and/or other students. 

You will see four tabs:

View List – This is a list of all the entries in the Database made by other students and tutors. You can sort the listings by Time added, Time modified etc. at the bottom of the page.
View Single –
This allows you to view each entry on a single page rather than a list.  There is no sort by option for this view, they are organised by page.
Search –
If there is a particular entry or entries you want to look for, do it here.  You can sort the listings by Time Added, Time Modified etc. at the top of the page.
Add Entry –
This is where you can add your own entry to the Database.

  1. To contribute/add a new entry to the Database, click on the 'Add Entry' tab when you are in the database activity

Adding a new entry to a database

2. An editing page for a new entry will then appear.  When you've added your information, scroll to the bottom of the page and click either the ‘Save and view’ button (to save and see your entry) or the ‘Save and add another’ button (to save this entry and add another.)

Adding information into new entry

Tip:  Depending on the fields chosen by your tutor, you may be required to enter different types of information than noted here (you don’t need to complete every field).  

Tip: If you are asked to submit a media file, first upload it using the My Media option on the drop menu after clicking the 'Hamburger' icon on the top right-hand side of your screen; then choose the item by clicking on the 'Embed Kaltura Media' button in the editor

Embed Kaltura Media icon in toolbar

Tip: Do NOT use the 'Choose a link' button when adding a web link, because this requires a repository which is not presently available. Just paste in or type the link please.

Queries, comments or questions?

Please contact your local elearning support team.

Phone: (0115 95) 16677
or contact via the Self Service Portal

Phone: (0574) 8818 0000 (ext. 8915)

or email:

Phone: (03) 8924 81 99
or email:


If you have any comments on how you think this help can be improved then please email

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