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Ed Tech for Students: Moodle

Moodle: Table of Contents

Accessing Moodle

​Moodle is available by typing in any of the links below:

After navigating to MUSC Moodlerooms, you will be redirected to our Shibboleth log in page. Shibboleth is MUSC's single sign on page for various programs across campus where you can use your MUSC net ID and password to gain access to specific sites. Simply type in your net ID and password in the respective slots and you will be granted access to Moodle.

Shibboleth Log in page

Course Navigation

On the top of the page under Contents, you will see each of the modules/sections/topics in your course. You can click on any of these at any time to skip to that module. Also, if you scroll to the bottom of the module, you will also see navigation arrows which will take you to the previous section or next section. 

Course Instructor Contact

Your course contacts will be listed in the footer of your course. Any user in the course with a teacher role will be listed here. You can click on their names and go right to their profile for more information as well as their email address.

Course Footer

The course footer is unique to your specific course and will show up on every page for your course. It consists of five parts: course contacts, about this course, recent activity, links to help sites, and purge all caches button. The course contacts will show anyone who is has the role of teacher in the course. Students can click directly on the name and go to their profile to get their contact information. About the Course section is set in your Course Administration tab under Edit settings. Recent activity will show recent discussion posts, assignments, etc. The five columns at the bottom of the page are links out to helpful sites that you might need while you are working in Moodle. Lastly, by clicking on Purge all caches you will mean the next time your view Moodle, it will generate the page by pulling information from the database (the original method). Then, it will recopy the page again to create a new, static HTML copy. 

Course Tools

In the course tools are customized by your teacher's for every class. They will add tools they feel are the most important for you to ave access to and use throughout the course. You can see the most used tools, your navigation, you can search forums for specific words, see the latest news that was posted to the course, have a direct link to the Tegrity site for this course, see any upcoming events in the calendar (if you manually entered them or added due dates to activities in the class), see recent activity, and any course updates for anything added or deleted from the course. 

Viewing Grades

Steps in Snap: Course tools > Gradebook

From the Gradebook you can view overview and user reports.

  • ​Overview report: See how you are doing overall for each course.
  • User report: See how you are doing on each assignment, quiz, and activity in the course. You can select the activity name to view the submission. 

Your Courses

Once you log in, you should see a list of courses in which you are enrolled. A course will not be visible if:

  •   The instructor is not using Moodle.
  •   The instructor has not yet made the site visible to students.
  •   The course has not yet been added to Moodle. Courses are created shortly before the semester begins.

If you don’t see a course listed, please contact the instructor for that course.

 

Progress to Completion

Cross course information for students can be found in the menu. This information is intended to help students determine what they need to do while they are logged into Moodle. Each course provides the users with information about their progress in the courses they are enrolled in and if there is any feedback waiting for them.

Students are also provided with three columns of information to help them make decisions about where they should focus their time. This first is the deadlines for the activities in all of their courses of the next seven days. This helps a student identify which courses to focus on. The second is any recent feedback to submissions they have made to assignments or quizzes. This information helps them determine if they need to focus their time on improving something they have already submitted. And finally they are provided with any messages or comments that have been sent to them. This helps them identify if there are conversations they should be having before they start their work.

Organizing Courses on Your Home Page

Personal Menu

Click on your profile picture on the top right of any page and it will take you to your personal menu. The personal menu is the best place to see everything important you need to know at-a-glance. It includes feedback, grades, and forum posts. Go to the feedback page and see all your courses and grades to date. Use it to stay engaged and keep current with what others are saying.

Writing on a Discussion Board

Reply to a Forum Post

  1. Navigate to the course where you want to reply to a forum post.
  2. Click on the forum title, and then click on the Discussion title.
  3. Click Reply, type your Subject, Message, set the desired Subscription setting, add an Attachment, and then click Post to forum.

Add a New Discussion Topic

  1. Navigate to the course where you want to add a new discussion topic.
  2. Click on the forum title, and click on the Discussion title.
  3. Click Add a new discussion topic, type your Subject, Message, set the desired Subscription setting, add an Attachment, and then click Post to forum.

Delete a Forum Post

  1. Navigate to the course where you want to delete the forum post.
  2. Click on the forum title, and then click on the Discussion title.
  3. Click the Delete button located below your reply, and then click Continue.

For more information, visit the Moodle Knowledgebase

Uploading an Assignment

Steps: Assignment > Add submission

Find the assignment and select the title. You can find assignments in your course and from the calendar.

  1. Open the assignment.
  2. Select Add submission.
  3. Type Online text or add File submissions, if required.
  4. Select Save changes.

You can review the Submission status, add Submission comments, or edit your submission.

For more information, visit the Moodle Knowledgebase