Media collection

Why use it?

Use the Media collection to create galleries of media content such as images and short video or audio clips for display in Moodle. It is not well suited for document collections (PDF, DocX etc).

Uploaded content can be displayed in either a carousel or grid format as thumbnails.

Students can create galleries on their own or in groups. 

If enabled, users may like or comment on content.

Step 1: Add a Media collection

Edit Mode on. Scroll to the section where you want your activity to be displayed, click Add an activity or resource and pick Media collection.


Step 2: Settings

Tip: Click on the question mark icon next to any setting to display extra help or click on Moodle Docs for this page link at the bottom of each page in Moodle for accessing context-specific documentation.


Type a Media collection name and a Description of the activity.\


Collection type

  • Instructor collection: only users enrolled in the course with a Teacher, Teacher (Editor) or Manager role can create galleries and add content to them. This will prevent students from uploading content.

  • Contributed collection: allows all users ( editors and students) to create their own galleries and add content.

  • Assignment collection: allows students to create their own galleries and upload content. This also enables students to use these galleries as assignment submissions.

To enable the use of media collection in an assignment choose Media collection type as the submission type in the assignment settings.

After uploading their content into the Media collection activity, students can then navigate to their Assignment activity to select and submit their created galleries.

Students must create their galleries and add content from the Media collection activity or they will not be able to submit.

Important: Please note that it's not possible to bulk download multiple galleries (student submissions) for grading offline or to send to external examiners.

  • Peer-reviewed assignment collection: students are able to view other users/groups galleries and like/comment on them if those features are enabled. Can be used as part of an assignment submission.


Maximum size per item

Choose a maximum upload size per item added to a gallery. The maximum size is 100MB.

You can set a maximum number of items a student can upload to a gallery.

Max galleries per user/group

You can set a maximum number of galleries a user (or group when using groups modes) can create in this collection.

Display list

Set a list on the number of the displayed Thumbnails per page.

If you choose to display the content of the gallery in a grid format as thumbnails, set the number of Thumbnails to display per row.

Choose to Display full caption text for the uploaded media content and the Caption position.


Change the default gallery settings such as the type of content to be uploaded and how the content should be displayed.

To finalise, click Save and display.

Step 3: Add media content

Once you have saved the settings of the media collection activity, you will be redirected to a new page.

On this page, you can create a gallery or view already added galleries.

To add a new gallery click Add a gallery.


Type a Gallery name and click Save changes.

To add content to the newly created gallery, click Add an item or Add items in bulk.

Upload your media file/s from the Content upload area. Expand the Advanced settings to provide additional information. Click Save changes to add content.

You will be redirected to the gallery page where you will be able to view the added media content.