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The Role of E-Courses in Teaching


An e-course is a systematic collection of learning materials, activities, and instructions that supports the partial or complete implementation of the learning process online. According to the Guide for Creating Quality E-Courses by the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (2021), an e-course:

  • Promotes active learning
  • Makes teaching more flexible
  • Supports the development of learners' study skills
  • Facilitates the formation and development of learning communities
  • Allows for choosing suitable time, place, and pace for learning
  • Takes into account learners' diverse prior knowledge and learning habits
  • Considers the needs of learners with disabilities when possible
  • Enables providing feedback supportive of learner development

At Tallinn University, e-courses can be created in three environments: Moodle, eDidaktikum, and Google Classroom. Guides for eDidaktikum and Google Classroom can be found at

HTM Moodle, being the most widely used and feature-rich, is the focus of the following recommendations.

  • Both the instructor and the learner must create an account for themselves in the HTM Moodle. The Moodle account is not linked to the Tallinn University account. Instructions for creating an account.
  • The Study Information System (ÕIS) is used for academic planning and management, while Moodle serves as the environment for conducting teaching activities.
  • When creating e-courses at TLU, it is recommended to follow the "Best Practices for Creating and Structuring E-Courses". More information on e-course quality criteria.
  • For assistance and guidance on using HTM Moodle and other learning environments, contact the E-Learning Center at

How to Order/Reuse/Delete a Course in HTM Moodle?


  • Courses can be ordered from the E-learning Center by filling out the form on the website or sending an email to (please include the course code and title). 
  • Courses can be reused in the new academic year, but previous year's students must be removed to avoid notifications about new ongoing courses. Guide for course reuse.
  • Lecturers cannot create or delete courses themselves, if you want to delete an e-course please write to (send link of the course or exact name).
  • Add the course link to ÕIS to make it easily accessible to students. Guide for adding links in ÕIS.

E-Course Learning Guide and Structure


  • Include a learning guide providing an overview of the course, supporting learners in planning their studies, and clearly outlining assessment criteria.
  • To systematize and structure the course, use various course formats (recommended to use the tiles format), use images and/or text & media area.
  • You can add a banner with the TLU logo to the course, to which you can add a welcome message or the name of the course. The banner can also be added without text.

Creating Learning Materials


Assessment and Feedback


  • The learner has an overview of the principles of assessment (what, when, and how it is assessed) in the study guide at the beginning of the course.
  • For assessment: create assignments, tests, forums, and journals (see this guide). 
  • To simplify assessment and feedback, use the marking guide and rubrics.
  • Moodle's gradebook offers various options for calculating the overall grade for the course. Contact E-learning Centre for more information.
  • Starting from February 2024, it is possible to use StrikePlagiarism for text matching detection. Tutorials are available in intranet (log in with TLU account).

Engaging and Collaborating with Learners


  • In Moodle, activities such as forums, glossaries, databases, workshops, boards, groups, wikis, and webinars can be used to involve learners in the learning process (refer to this guide).
  • For conducting webinars use available tools: Zoom, Google Meet or Moodle BigBlueButton.
  • To engage learners in lectures and webinars, various environments and tools outside of Moodle can be used; guides can be found here (subsection "Active learning").

Communication in the Course


  • In the learning guide, specify how students can contact the lecturer and the time frame within which the lecturer will respond to questions. 
  • Each course has an announcements forum “Teated õppijatele / News Forum”, where only lecturer can post messages intended for students. Students have read-only access to this forum, and all posts are delivered to students via email. 
  • Each course should have an additional forum where students can post questions in case of problems, and lecturers regularly monitor it.
  • Moodle offers various activities to gather student opinions, such as surveys and feedback. Guide.
  • An example feedback questionnaire, including specific questions about the course and the subject, can be found in the course"TLÜ Näidiskursus 2024".

Monitoring Learner Progress


  • For each learning material and activity, set conditions for considering it completed, i.e., when the learner has finished the activity. To get an overview of student progress (both for instructors and students), add a block “Completion progress” to the course. 
  • Access to specific content (learning materials, activities) or topics/weeks can be restricted. Access can be limited to different groups, linked to completion of specific activities, have a time limit, etc. 
  • The deadlines for all tasks and activities configured in the course are automatically added to the course calendar - both students and instructors can see the deadlines. 
  • In addition, with the "Attendance" feature, lecturers can mark students who attended the lecture/seminar, or they can grant permission for students to mark their own attendance. 

Course Statistics


  • The HTM Moodle logs are retained for 3 months, meaning that almost all reports display content based on this timeframe. 
  • Under the “Reports” section, there is a "Activity completion" available - providing an overview of the activities completed by the learner (if it’s configured, see previous subsection "Monitoring Learner Progress").



Hettel Sõrmus, E-learning Centre:, phone: 640 9281