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Getting started with Moodle

What is Moodle?

Moodle is a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE); a web platform designed specifically to support the delivery of teaching and learning materials and activities. Moodle provides a simple, easy-to-use set of tools for creating consistent web pages for every module within a course or department, and to use those web pages to deliver information and learning activities.

  • Supports fully on-line courses or blended learning approaches to augment face-to-face courses.
  • Collects learning resources and activities into one location.
  • Provides a number of activities including forums, wikis, quizzes, surveys, chat and peer-to-peer activities.
  • Tools to support development of high quality and pedagogically valuable courses.
  • Provides fully featured assignment management tools including support for Turnitin plagiarism detection, off-line grading, group assignments and anonymous marking.
  • University modules appear in Moodle with students automatically enrolled.
The learning environment

Moodle at Warwick is part of a suite of 'Extended Classroom' technology enhanced learning tools, and works with these to enable seamless access to learning resources within the Moodle module space. The tools may also work together to enhance assessment opportunities, such as supporting the submission of video or an ePortfolio of multimedia.

Moodle Integrations

What can you use Moodle for?
  • Course resources / content
  • Enhance learning through Moodle activities
  • Communication (News Forum, Discussion forums)
  • Collaboration (Group work, etc)
  • Checking for Plagiarism
  • Enabling tracking of online activities, including assessment and feedback
What can't, or shouldn't, you use Moodle for?
  • Coursework management - at Warwick we use Tabula for the majority of coursework management.
  • Timetabling - Tabula provides access to lecture, seminar and small group teaching timetabling data, both departmental and personal.
  • Important or urgent alerts - the My Warwick page and app is the best tool for urgent alerts and news.
  • Outward facing websites - use SiteBuilder to create complex externally (departmental, university or wider) facing sites using one of the built in designs and layouts, or by creating custom pages.

Who can use Moodle?

Moodle is available to be accessed and used by all staff and students. Students can access learning materials, assignments and activities made available by staff and tutors.

Externals (i.e. non Warwick staff or students) can also access if they have an 'External Partner Account.'

How are spaces created on Moodle?

Moodle module spaces are generated directly from the module data in SITS. If a module exists and is being taught a module space will be created. 'Ad hoc' spaces can also be created by Moodle superusers with access to the Moodle-admin tool or requested via moodle at warwick dot ac dot uk

How do staff get access to their modules?

Those specified as Course/module leader on SITS are automatically enrolled with the course leader role on the Moodle module space. The course leader can then manually enroll any additional teaching staff.

How do students access their modules?

Students are automatically enrolled on to the Moodle module spaces based on the modules listed in their SITS student record. Some spaces, notably Ad Hoc speaces, will (also or primarily) use manual enrolment and auto enrolment, as well as enrolment rules created from webgroups.

What browser should I use?

Moodle works with all modern browsers but we recommend avoiding the use of Microsoft Edge as there are a small number of functions that do not work as expected in this browser.

Moodle 3.6 Basics - a youtube playlist introducing you to Moodle 3.6

The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.6 and was last updated October 2019.


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