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Navigate your dashboard

The Moodle Dashboard is a customisable homepage that provides you, most importantly, with links to the courses that you are enrolled on. It is structured with a left hand menu or navigation drawer containing links to your Moodle courses, a central information area with a course overview, and a right hand column where certain 'blocks' can be added.


1. Menu

The left hand side menu (or navigation drawer) can be hidden or opened using the ☰ button at the top left.

At dashboard level this menu links to a calendar, outlining deadline dates for activities in courses that you are enrolled on, and gives a list of your courses. This menu also appears on course spaces and can therefore be used to navigate between them.

2. Modules and other courses

In the centre is the default 'Modules and other courses' overview which lists your module spaces, in a tabbed view, by academic year (allowing you to go back and look at previous academic year modules) and gives you access, via 'Additional courses', which are courses not associated with an academic year, this might include general Health and Safety courses that you have enrolled on for example. This area also shows 'starred' courses i.e. courses where you have manually selected the star icon that appears on the right hand side of the course title.

If you cannot find a particular course on your dashboard, it likely means that you are not enrolled on it, and so should contact, the course leader who can manually enrol you, the "academic technologist" in your department (see contacts here) or e-mail moodle at warwick dot ac dot uk.

3. Recently accessed courses

This block is new to Moodle 3.6. It is displayed by default on the dashboard, and shows the courses which you have most recently accessed. You can scroll the content horizontally using the scroll bar.

Moodle Course Overview Block

4. Management tools

You can use the Search tool to find a space by module code or (part of) name (1). It will return a list of matching items, with your search term highlighted (2). If these appear in more than 1 academic year, these will be separated into Academic year categories (e.g. 18/19, 19/20 etc).

Moodle Search

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.

Moodle Profile Menu

Moodle Notifications

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

Moodle Notifications List


The Dashboard can be customised i.e. you can add and remove some 'blocks' such as Latest Badges. You can also reset the Dashboard to its default layout if you decide that you do not want the additional items.

Moodle Customise Page

5. Blocks area

Any blocks added using the customisation option will appear in this area. There are a number of blocks available for this area on the dashboard. To add blocks, you should click on the 'add a block' link which appears below the left hand menu when 'Customise this page' is selected. Useful and/or frequently used blocks include 'Latest announcements', 'latest badges', and 'Tags'.

Moodle 3.6 Dashboard

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


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