Add the Course Materials Link to Moodle

With the following steps, the Moodle Administrator will create an external tool placement for Course Materials.

If you had previous courses in First Day, this link should be added as soon as possible, as faculty will require access to setup their courseware for upcoming term. You will need to temporarily name it something different such as “FirstDay Course Materials” to keep it separate and identifiable from your current “Course Materials” link. The current link should not be removed until spring courses have ended.

If you did not have previous courses in First Day, you can install the new LTI link with the name “Course Materials” as soon as possible.

Please contact for your key and secret.

External Tool - Administrator Setup 

  1. Log in to Moodle with your administrator username and password.
  2. Navigate to the Administration block and click on Site administration.
  3. Select Plugins
  4. Select Activity modules
  5. Click on "Manage tools" under External tool
  6. On the Manage tools page, there is an Add tool menu. Click configure a tool manually.
  7. On this page, click Show more… and enter the following in the fields:
    • Tool name: Course Materials
    • Tool URL:
    • Tool description: Leave blank
    • LTI version: LTI 1.0/1.1
    • Consumer key: Enter the consumer key provided to you via email.
    • Shared secret: Enter the shared secret provided to you via email.
    • Custom parameters: Leave blank
    • Tool configuration usage: Show as preconfigured tool when adding an external tool
    • Default launch container: Embed, without blocks
    • Content-Item Message: unchecked
    • Icon URL:
    • Secure icon URL:
  8. Once you’ve entered the information, expand the Privacy section just below. Select the following in each field:
    • Share launcher’s name with tool: Always
    • Share launcher’s email with tool: Always
    • Accept grades from the tool: Never
  9. Click Save changes.
  10. The Course Materials external tool will now be available for administrators or faculty to add within courses.
    • In a course, the tool will appear in the + Add an activity or resource menu, under Activities. Editing must be turned on to add this activity.


We don’t recommend altering the name of the link, since it is referred to as “Course Materials” in support documentation for students and faculty.

External Tool - Course Level Setup 

Once the list of participating courses is provided to you by the bookstore, you may enter the course sites and install the Course Materials link with the following instructions.


Please let us know if the tool link must be added by instructors, so that we may share instructions with them ahead of time.

  1. Log in to Moodle with your administrator or teacher credentials.
  2. Navigate to and select your desired course.
  3. Click the Turn editing on button at the top right-hand corner of your course page.
  4. In the section where you wish to place the link, click + Add an activity or resource.
  5. Select Course Materials from the list of activities and resources, then click Add.
    • If you do not see Course Materials on the main list: select External Tool and look for the Course Materials option. Then, click Add.
  6. On the Adding a new External tool page, enter the following:
    • Activity name: Course Materials
  7. Expand the Privacy tab, and make sure that “Accept grades from the tool” is unchecked.
  8. Click Save and return to course.
  9. The link will now appear in your course.

Remove the Course Materials LTI App 


If you currently have First Day, do not remove this link until your current term courses have fully completed, or students will lose access to their materials.

You must only complete this step if you had a First Day program prior to the upcoming term, and previously installed Course Materials. Otherwise, go back to the first step, Add the Course Materials Link to Moodle.

  1. Log into Moodle as an admin.
  2. Navigate to the Administration block and expand to Site administration > Plugins > Activity modules > External tool > click on Manage tools
  3. Among your list of links, look for Course Materials.
  4. Click the X icon to delete the tool.
  5. In the confirmation window, click Delete again.

If you do not see “Course Materials” among the list of tools on the Manage tools page, follow these next steps:

  1. From the Manage tools page, click Manage preconfigured tools.
  2. Among your list of links, look for Course Materials.
  3. Click the X icon to deactivate the tool.
  4. Click the Rejected tab and click the X icon once more to remove the tool from your system.



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