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Moodle: Student Help

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Welcome!

This page was created to help students use Moodle with a minimum of frustration (If that's possible.)

Click on a tab to learn more about a topic.  The tabs are arranged roughly in the order a student would need the information about Moodle.  You can view this page in one browser tab and your Moodle course in another.

Don't be frustrated!  If you have questions about, or problems with Moodle, you can ask your professor or contact Moodle support.  Help is available by phone, email, screen-sharing, or in person (in the library) 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  (The college closes at 1:00 p.m. Fridays while on summer hours.)

  • moodle@albright.edu
  • George Missonis
  • (610) 921-7203

   

Moodle works with most browsers. Chrome and Firefox browsers are recommended.

Internet Explorer and Safari are not recommended

If you experience a problem with Moodle, try using another browser.

Chrome browser icon

There are three ways to navigate to Albright's Moodle site:

 

1.  Click the Moodle link at the bottom of most Albright College web pages, or

 

 

 

2.  Select Moodle from the Quick Links menu, or

 

 

 

 

3.  Type moodle.albright.edu into the URL box of your browser and press the Enter key;

Your user name and password are the same as for the campus network.  
IT Services manages user names and passwords.  If you experience a
problem logging in to Moodle, please contact the IT Helpdesk.  

helpdesk@albright.edu 
(610) 921-7676.

If you have any problems after successfully logging in to Moodle, please contact

moodle@albright.edu or

George Missonis
gmissonis@albright.edu
610) 921-7203

If possible, include the URL of the page with the problem in an email.

list of courses

 

 

 

After a successful login to Moodle, you should see a list of your courses. If the professor isn't using Moodle, or hasn't made the course available yet, it will not appear in your list of courses. If you don't see a Moodle site for your course, please ask the professor first.

 

 

 

click on course name

 

 

You can navigate to a course's main page by clicking the name of the course in your list of courses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you bookmark the course's main Moodle page, the next time you need to get to the site you can click the bookmark.  After successful log in you will go directly to the course main page, saving some time and clicking.  

This will work on your own computer, but not on college computers;

Each course should display several blocks, usually on the left side of the page.image of three block displays

Navigation, Administration, and Quickmail blocks should always be present.  The professor can add other type of blocks for special functions.

Blocks display several ways.

The Navigation block is 'docked' at the left of the page.  If the mouse cursor hovers over it, the block will expand and any links can be clicked.  The '>' icon changes the bolck to "shown' mode.  Moving outside the block or clicking the 'X' icon will send the block back to 'docked' mode.

The Administration block is "hidden".  Clicking the '+" will show it.  Clicking the '<' icon will put it in the dock.

The Quickmail block is "shown".  Links can be clicked.  The '-' icon will "hide" the block.  The '<' icon will put the block in the dock.

image of quickmail block

 

Moodle currently uses the Quickmail module.  The Quickmail block is usually on the left side of the course's screen.  

Click 'Compose' to create a new message.

 

 

 

'Potential Recipients' displays course participants.  Users can click on a name, then click 'Add' to include the person as a recipient.  All course participants can be added by clicking the 'Add All' button.  Email can also be sent to addresses manually typed into the 'Additional Emails' box.

 

Quickmail lets users create multiple customized signatures that can be attached to emails.

Emails are sent to the user's official Albright email address.  Users can configure that account to forward to another account if they wish.

image of four resource typesResources are any type of computer item or link added by the professor for students to read or use in their course.  Resources do not appear as part of a student's grade.  Some resource types are rarely used.

The four most common resource types are shown to the right.  Each type of resource has its own icon.

There are also other resource types which are not shown.

  • Books or Pages.  A web page or series of Moodle pages using HTML to present information.
  • Files.  Computer files that require software to use, such as documents, spreadsheets, graphic images, or other specialized types.
  • Folders.  The professor may create a folder on the course site to hold a group of related files.
  • IMS content packages.  Prepackaged content from textbook publishers.
  • Kaltura video.  Screen capture and/or webcam video produced by the professor.

 

Assignment activities provide an online system for students to submit files and/or text to professors.  The professor can grade and return files and feedback to students.

A description of the assignment or instructions for completing it may be displayed on the course main page or displayed once the link to the assignment is clicked.

Assignments can include several dates:

  • Start date:  the earliest date the student can submit an assignment
  • Due date:  submissions are accepted, but marked 'overdue'.
  • Cut-off date:  Moodle will not accept assignments after this date.

Assignments are usually file submissions, but may include online text entered by the student.  More than one file may be permitted, for example a rough draft and a final copy.  If a file is larger than the course limit for uploads, a link to the document from Office365 or other online storage may be acceptable to the professor.  Powerpoint includes tools to minimize the size of images in a presentation.

If Turnitin is activated by the professor papers will be submitted to Turnitin and students will get back a report to improve their paper before final submission.

Professors can use assignments to return online comments or marked-up files to students.

The professor may include files for students to use as part of an assignment.

Students may be required to accept a submission statement and click a submit button to send a file for marking.

Professors can set conditions students must match before they can access an assignment (For example, earning a passing grade on an earlier assignment).

 

 

Moodle Forums let course participants interact and exchange information between classes.

There are several forum types, but all permit posting and replying to posts in the forum.  The professor can require students to make a specific number of posts and replies.

Uses for forums include getting to know other class members, discussing material to prepare for class, reviewing and clarifying information from a past class, or any purpose the professor believes will be useful.  Private forums can be used for communication between the professor and individual students.

If subscription is forced by the professor, students should get a daily digest from Moodle via email which includes links to reply to posts in the forum.

Forums can permit rating by students or the professor.  Ratings become part of a grade for the fourm.

Quizzes can include a variety of question types including:

  • multiple choice
  • true / false
  • matching
  • fill-in-the-blank
  • essay

Quiz questions (except essay questions) are graded automatically by Moodle.  The professor may provide feedback for the quiz or for individual questions or answers.

Ungraded quizzes may be used by professors to let students review course material and prepare for graded quizzes.

The number of questions on a page may vary.  It may or may not be possible to go back to review questions and answers.  If students can review questions, it's usually to 'flag' questions to make it easier to return to them.  A time limit can be set for completing the quiz.

Students can usually see their grade on a quiz in the Administration block under Grades once all students have completed taking the quiz.

Activities are Moodle items that automatically create entries in the course grade book.  Assigning an actual grade is optional.  The professor has the option to use or not use any activity, depending on the needs of the course.  Below are some additional Activities:

Chat icon Chats are real-time interactive sessions using text..  These are usually for a scheduled time.  Chat could be helpful for review sessions before an exam or for online office hours.  Chat sessions may be archived for later viewing.
choice iconfeedback icon Choice and Feedback are used to get information from students about the mechanics of the course
database icon Databases are used to organize information about course topics..
external tool icon External tools provide access to sites and resources provided by textbook publishers. 
Kaltura media assignments  let students use a computer with webcam and microphone or a smart phone to create videos and upload them to a Moodle course.  There is additional Kaltura documentation in another box on this page.
database icon Lessons are a form of programmed learning .  Lessons present information and let students branch to different pages depending on their response to questions.  
scheduler icon Schedulers help set up appointments with professors.  
Turnitin icon ‚ÄčTurnitin links may be added by a professor so students can check their draft documents for any issues before submitting the final version for grading.
wiki icon Wikis can be used to create and connect information relating to course topics.
workshop icon Workshops are designed to let students evaluate one another's work using a rubric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Student Guide to Moodle Basics


 

Activities

Activities are items that are automatically included in tht course grade book.  Common activities are essays or papers, discussion forums, and quizzes.

Professors may include a link to Turnitin so students can check their papers for problems before they submit them for grading.

There are also other types of Activities that may be used.

Activities


 

You can click on the course name in the bar at the top of the page to return to the course's main Moodle page.

       

The Administration block lets you check any grades posted by the professor.  Moodle grades are for information only; check Albright Self Service for official grades.  You can use My profile settings to add a picture of yourself to your profile.




If you have any questions, please contact your instructor or Moodle support.

    George Missonis                  gmissonis@albright.edu  (610) 921-7203    

    Library Reference Desk       (610) 921-7211