Finding a Moodle course / space
Each course / 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 menu or in the 'Modules and other courses' block in the centre of your Dashboard.
You can 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 autoenrolment, 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 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.
Moodle space layout
As with the dashboard, the space is designed around a collapsible left menu, a central information area which contains course resources and activities, and a right hand column with specific blocks e.g. lecture capture (Echo360) and reading list (Talis Aspire).
However, the space can look very different depending on the course layout chosen. For more information on layouts, please see Structure your course. The course below uses the standard Warwick boost theme with a grid layout containing 3 topics / sections.
1. Navigation drawer (left hand side menu)
On a space / course homepage, the navigation drawer has 2 sections.
The first is a course menu with links to the course prticipants list (i.e. a list of staff (editing teachers, course leaders etc.) and students enrolled on the course) and to the list of badges and competencies you have earnt (if available). You will also see 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 in order, and you can click on the relevant link to jump to any of these.
In the section below (not highlighted), you will find the same dashboard menu items that appear on your Dashboard navigation drawer. From here you can navigate to your other courses as well as to your Moodle calendar.
2. Title & breadcrumbs
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.
3. Course information, materials and activities
The centre of the page holds all the course activities and resources in logical sections which may be displayed based on topic or time, in a grid or as a long scrollable page. This is the core of your course and where you will either add (as an editor) or access (as a student) course materials and assignments.
4. Blocks section
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 readling list (talis aspire) block which will be automatically linked to the relevant data held by the echo 360 or Library services.
Additional blocks can be added and reorganised.
5. Management tools
(see Navigate your dashboard for more information)
The links drop down gives quick access to email, My Warwick, Insite, My Portfolio (mahara), and Tabula web pages.
You can use the Search tool to find a space by module code or name.
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 badge / number if you have any unread notifications.
Editing a Moodle space
At the top right of your course, there is a large cog icon that opens the actions or course administration menu to enable you to edit and format the course if you are a course leader or editing teacher.
Finding your way around Moodle
- Introduction to managing course participants
- Make your course visible to students
- Check participants
- Enrolment methods and managing access permissions
- Roles and their functions in Moodle
- Switch to another role
- Create groups
- Create groupings
- Using activities with groups and groupings
- Activity completion
- Course completion
- Course participation
- Introduction to assessment and feedback
- Create and grade a submission using a rubric
- Use a marking workflow for assignments
- Allocate markers to specific submissions
- Create a fail / pass scale
- Provide grades and feedback for individual assignments
- Check the status of submissions
- Hide or show grades and feedback
- Create a custom certificate
- Create and manage badges