How to import your Microsoft Word files in Moodle? #moodleplugins #microsoftword

Do you want to import your already existing content from Microsoft Word files in your Moodle course? Microsoft Word is one of the most widely used word editors across the world. Many first time Moodle users often have their elearning teaching content available in Microsoft Word documents, but they don’t know how to effectively use it in Moodle course. How you will import the content from MS word into Moodle?

You can make the files available for download by students by simply inserting them in your Moodle course as file resource. But, you will not be able to harness the real power of Moodle as an LMS if you are only using it for distributing the handouts for download by students. Moodle is built around the Social Constructionist pedagogy and it supports group learning right from its core.

How to import your Microsoft Word files in Moodle? #moodleplugins #microsoftword

Microsoft Word file import/export plugins:

So, to effectively use your existing Word documents in Moodle, you need to import them in Moodle. Luckily, there is set of Moodle plugins available which enables the import and export of narrative text content between Moodle and MS Word, with support for tables, images and equations. The Microsoft Word file import/export plugins set has 3 useful plugins, which are as follows:

  • Microsoft Word File Import (Atto)–  This plugin allows users import the entire contents of a Word 2010 (or later) file as clean HTML, retaining formatting such as headings, lists, bold and italic. You can also import the files from Google Docs and Libre Office saved in .docx format.
  • Microsoft Word File Import/Export (Question Format) – Allows the import and export of questions between Moodle Question bank from/to Microsoft word files. The Word file can then be used to quickly check large numbers of questions (either online or in print), or to prepare paper tests (where the answers and feedback are hidden).
  • Microsoft Word File Import/Export (Book)– This plugin allows to import the contents of a ‘.docx’ format file into a Moodle book, splitting it into chapters and (optionally) subchapters, based on the heading styles used in the document. Embedded images are also imported if they are in web-compatible format.

All these three plugins are very well maintained by Eoin Campbell and are available for all supported Moodle releases including the recently released Moodle 3.3 version.

Have you used the Microsoft Word file import/Export plugins on your Moodle? Have you faced any difficulty in using these plugins? Do let us know in the comments section below.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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