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Navigate a Moodle space

Finding a Moodle space

Each course or module has its own Moodle space (which may or may not be in use depending on your department).

If you are a participant on the course (whether as a student, editor or course leader) the space may appear in the course list in the left hand Navigation drawer or in the 'Modules and other courses' block in the centre of your Dashboard.

You can also use the search tool to find a space using the name or module code. If you have not been given access, or if the course is not setup to allow auto-enrolment, then you may not be able to access it.

Finally, you can go directly to a space by clicking on a link provided in an email or on the University's website (SiteBuilder). Clicking this link will open the Moodle space if you are already logged into Moodle, or go via the the login page if not.

If you cannot find a particular course, it likely means that the course is hidden from participants or that you are not enrolled on it. Please contact the course leader, the academic technologist(s) in your department (see contacts here) or e-mail moodle at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Moodle space layout

As with the dashboard, a Moodle space is designed around a collapsible left Navigation drawer, a central information area which contains course resources and activities, and a right hand column with specific blocks, such as lecture capture (Echo360) or reading list (Talis Aspire).

Moodle spaces can look very different depending on the chosen course format and added content. For more information on layouts, please see the guide 'Structure your course'.

Navigation drawer (left hand side menu)

The navigation drawer in a Moodle space has two sections.

The first section is a course menu with links to

  • the course participants list, i.e. a list of staff and students enrolled on the course,
  • the list of badges and competencies you have earned (if available),
  • a 'Grades' link which takes you to the Gradebook where student will see their own grades, and editors can see all participants grades from completed activities and manage and export this data.

Below this, the course menu lists all the topics / sections of the course and you can click on the relevant link to jump to any of these.

From the second section, you can navigate directly to your dashboard, your calendar or other courses you are enrolled on.

Title & breadcrumbs (centre top)

This section shows you the full name of the Moodle space and below this, a row of 'breadcrumbs' which show you the route you took to reach this page (e.g. Dashboard > Courses > [academic year] > [course name]). Click on one of the options to navigate back through the containing categories.

Course information, materials and activities (centre)

The centre of the page holds all the course activities and resources in logical sections which are displayed based on the chosen course format. This is the core of your course where you will either add (as an editor) or access (as a student) course materials and assignments.

Blocks section (right hand side)

Blocks appear here in the same way as on the dashboard page. By default, most courses will contain a lecture capture (Echo 360) and a reading list (Talis Aspire) block which will be automatically linked to the relevant data held by these systems. Please see this guide on how to manage blocks in Moodle spaces.


Access the search bar at the top-right corner of the page. Search for Moodle spaces using the module code or (part of the) name and pressing enter.

User menu

Click your name in the top right corner to open the user menu where you can update your profile, check your grades, send and receive messages, set your preferences and log out from Moodle. You can also access the dashboard at any time from this menu wherever you are within Moodle.


The bell icon opens the Notifications screen and will display a red badge / number if you have any unread notifications.

Editing a Moodle space

At the top right of a course, click the gear icon to open the actions or course administration menu to enable you to edit and structure the Moodle space. This is only available for participants with editing rights on a Moodle space.

Finding your way around Moodle

The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.6 and was last updated February 2020.


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