Adding a New URL, Zoom Link or Web Link into Your Moodle Course
Posted by , Last modified by Melinda Barnsley on 16 March 2020 12:35 PM

Note: For Zoom, if this is the first time ever using Zoom, you must log into Zoom prior to going into Moodle to activate your Zoom account. Please be patient because it may take a few hours to activate.

Adding web links or URLs are great ways to include content from external websites. Some popular uses of this feature are placing links to popular news articles, including valuable library resources, or including Zoom URL. Follow the steps below to add a website or URL to your course.


  1. In a web browser, navigate to the website or URL that you would like to add to your course. Later on in the process, you will copy and paste the URL into the appropriate area in Moodle. It's always safest to copy and paste a URL instead of typing it by hand, that way you avoid accidental typos. If your preference is to add a Zoom URL, schedule your Zoom meeting first then copy the link created in the invitation so you can paste it into Moodle.
  2. Open a new tab or window and login to myPlymouth
  3. Select the myCourses tab and the myCourses window appears.
  4. In the center column, select your class title from the appropriate semester category in the myCourses channel. You will now be looking at your course's home page.
  5. Click on the Turn editing on button in the top right corner.
  6. Navigate to the topic/week of your choice, and click on the + Add an activity or resource menu.
  7. Choose the URL symbol located under the resource section as shown below:

8. Select Add at the bottom of the window.

      9.  In the Name field, type in a name for your link - this is what will be visible in the course and can be a simple identification of your link.

10.In the Content section, copy/paste the URL that you have open in your other window next to External URL. You may also click on Choose a Link to do this as well if you already have a link saved.

11.In the next section entitled Appearance, we suggest you choose New Window from the Display drop-down menu. This will force your link to open in a new window rather than open in the same window as your course.

12.To finish, scroll down and click on Save and return to course.

13.Test your link by clicking on it to make sure it functions correctly.

Tip: Some websites take their content down after a period of time or they experience technical issues. Before a semester begins, it’s recommended that you test out these links to ensure they are working correctly.

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