Introduction to Moodle
What is Moodle?
Moodle is the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used at the University of Warwick. It is where you can find course resources, engage in course-related learning activities, see messages from your tutors and in some cases, submit assignments.
Each module that you study will have a corresponding Moodle 'space'. You may have access to other 'ad-hoc' spaces that are more general or related to specific projects. These Moodle spaces are sometimes referred to as 'courses' or 'course pages'.
How Moodle is used will vary according to faculty, course or module but this guide will show you some of Moodle's most commonly-used features.
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How to access Moodle
The website address (URL) for Moodle is https://moodle.warwick.ac.uk. Log in to the site with your University username and password.
The MyWarwick mobile appLink opens in a new window also has a Moodle tile giving you access to your Moodle spaces.
The Moodle Dashboard
The Moodle Dashboard is your personal homepage and it consists of various 'blocks' of information. It can be customised to display what you find most useful.
By default, your dashboard will show only the Modules and other courses block. The modules you are enrolled on will be displayed in academic year tabs, according to the year of study. Some may appear under Additional courses. You can choose to star a course to make it stand out, or hide a course which is no longer important to you. These actions only affect your own view.
You should see a space for each module you are enrolled on. If you think you are missing a module space, then you should contact your department to make sure you are correctly enrolled on it in the student records system.
Click the Customise this page button to change the layout or add other blocks to your Dashboard. Click Add a block at the bottom of the navigation drawer to add other blocks such as Calendar and Latest news.
On the left-hand side of the page you will find the Navigation drawer. Click the menu icon to open and close the navigation drawer. This gives you quick access to other Moodle spaces you are enrolled on, and also a link back to the dashboard page.
In the top right-hand corner of the page is the User menu, which you access by clicking on your name. This provides links to your dashboard, profile, grades, messages and preferences. It's where you will also find the Sign out button.
Notifications and Messages
Underneath the user menu are the Notifications menu and Messaging drawer.
Notifications can be set for things such as assignments which are due, posts to forums you are participating in or reminders of certain activities you need to complete. You can set which notifications you receive and how you receive them via Preferences in the user menu.
You can send instant messages to other Moodle users and these can be viewed via the Messaging drawer. If you have any unread messages, the number of unread messages will show here too.
Notifications and Messages can be accessed from any Moodle page by clicking on the respective icons.
The Moodle Course Page
The Moodle course page, referred to as a Moodle 'space' at Warwick, is where you find resources for individual modules or projects that you are studying or involved with. As mentioned above, these spaces may vary in content and appearance according to your course or tutor, but there are some standard features.
If you are missing any modules from your Moodle course list, you must check that you are fully registered for the module(s). Your department can help with this.
The page will be divided into two or sometimes three columns:
- As on the dashboard page, you will see the navigation drawer on the left-hand side (click the icon to open it if it is not visible). This will give you quick links to the different sections or topics within your module space, and back to your dashboard page. It also has links to:
- Calendar - this shows only events in Moodle such as assignment deadlines or other reminders your tutor has added.
- Grades - if you complete any graded activities within the Moodle space such as quizzes or submitted any assignments, you may see the results in the Gradebook.
- The main column is divided into sections or topics and contains your resources and activities. The layout of this column may vary but there are three common formats:
- Topics - each section and its contents are listed one after the other.
- Collapsible - you click on the section heading to open it up and view the contents.
- Grid - each section is represented by a clickable image. The contents either display in a pop-up window or on another page.
- You may also have a column on the right-hand side with other important links or information contained in blocks. This can be opened and closed by clicking on the Show/hide blocks chevron icon. Blocks contained in this panel commonly include:
- Lecture Capture (Echo360) - links to all the lecture recordings for your module
- Reading Lists - links to the essential and recommended readings for your module, which may include electronic versions
- Contact details for your tutors
Your tutor will make available resources that they think will be helpful to you while studying for a particular module. They may also ask you engage in certain activities or submit your work to Moodle. Content contained in this column may include:
- Module information such as assessment briefs and timetables
- Lecture notes and handouts in the form or PowerPoint, PDF or Word files
- Web links to external resources
- Discussion forums
- Interactive resources which contain learning material and short activities
- Topic reading lists
- Individual lecture recordings or other videos
You will often notice a link called Announcements in the first section. This contains all important messages that your tutor has sent to all students enrolled in a Moodle space. You will also receive a copy of these messages as an email.
How to get help with Moodle
If you have queries about the content in your Moodle space, you should contact your tutor in the first instance.
If you have any technical queries, something isn't working correctly or you are unsure how to do something, send an email to the ITS helpdesk at email@example.com and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Please provide as much information as possible such as your module code and include screenshots of the problem, if relevant.