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  • Learning with Moodle

    Student Guide

  • Learning with Moodle 2008 Harper Adams University College, all rights reserved.

    Version: 1.2, Sept. 2008

    Authors: Henry Keil, Duncan Greenhill

    All terms in this handbook that are known to be trademarks or service marks have been appropriately capitalised. Use of a term in this handbook should not be regarded as affecting the validity of any trademark or service mark.

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    Contents

    An overview of Moodle ............................................................... 1 Logging into Moodle ................................................................... 1

    Access via the Internet. 1 Access via the WLAN2 Access via the Portal.4 How to access a particular module ....................................... 6

    Inside Moodle ....................................................................................... 7 Module List .................................................................................... 7 Inside a module page .................................................................... 9

    Additional Moodle resources 11 Searching for modules ............12

    Profile13 Assignments ........................................................................... 15

    How to upload files ............................................................................ 16

    Additional Moodle uses18 Discussion forums.18

    How to add a discussion topic............................................. 18 How to reply to a discussion topic ....................................... 19 Viewing forums20

    Web-logs or Blogs.21

    What you can expect from your Moodle modules 25

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    An Overview of Using Moodle

    Moodle is an online learning environment, often called a virtual learning environment or VLE. It is an environment where students can come to access learning resources such as lecture presentations in form of MS Powerpoint files, text documents in MS WORD or Acrobat PDF format, links to external web pages and video files. You can also take quizzes or communicate with each other or your tutor online. Finally you can also use it to submit assignments for assessment. If applied properly Moodle is a very effective collaborative learning tool where students benefit from the support and input from their peers.

    Logging into Moodle

    There are three possibilities to access Moodle: 1) Via campus-based PCs, as in the library or the ASPIRE foyer 2) Via students laptops, using Harpers WLAN 3) From off-campus via the Portal

    1) Access via the Intranet Students on campus gain access to Moodle by going through the Harper Adams Intranet which comes up by default. You need to click on the link for Moodle, as shown below:

    2) Access via the Wireless LAN

    Please consult the document Harper Adams University College Student Network, Information and Configuration Details for configuring your laptop on how to link up to the Harper Wireless LAN (WLAN)

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    Once the connection is established between the PC and the gateway you then need to authenticate to the network and access other services. You will be presented asking for a username and password. You should login using your normal network login number and password.

    Once youve successfully logged in you will see the window shown below. Clicking on the link Click here to continue browsing the web. You may see a message bar at the top of your browser window saying Pop-ups have been blocked for this site. If you click on this message select Always allow pop-ups from this site. This allows the logout popup window, shown on the next page to be displayed.

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    You will get another challenge page as shown below which authenticates you to allow access to the internet. The user name and password are the same as you use to login to the network. We are looking at synchronising these but this is not available at the moment.

    If the connection is left idle for more than 15 minutes you will be logged out. To gain access to services including Groupwise email, network files and folders, student record information and Moolde go to the Harper Adams portal at portal.harper-adams.ac.uk The portal allows access to services and can be used as the first point of access to college sites both from the student network within the college and from external of the college. Please log in using your user name and password to access the service.

    Logging out of the service When you have finished accessing the services use the logout link on the Bluesocket logout page and then close your web browser.

    Finally right click and select Disconnect at the Bluesocket MS IPSec icon in the system tray.

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    3) Access via the Portal If you are based off-campus or entering via the WLAN you access the Harper-Adams network services through the Web-portal, as shown below.

    How to login to Moodle via the Portal

    Start up a web browser.

    Type the following text into the address bar and then press the Enter key: https://portal.harper-adams.ac.uk

    Type your username and password into the boxes. These are your normal

    network username and password.

    Click on the Moodle link in the list of links on the left-hand side.

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    Login to Moodle happens automatically and the main Moodle screen appears with a list of all modules a student is enrolled in.

    What are all the blocks on the screen?

    There are a number of different blocks on the left and right hand side and what you see on screen can vary according to the course you are taking. The text in the middle of the page is changed from time to time. There may be more or fewer blocks and their location can vary depending on how the course has been set up. Some of the common ones are explained in the section 'Inside Moodle'.

    How to access a particular module

    The list of modules you are studying is at the top left and bottom centre of the Moodle screen (you may need to scroll down to see them). They are all represented by links (in blue) plus the module code next to it. Move the mouse pointer over the title of the module. The text will change colour.

    Click on the title of the module and the relevant module content is

    displayed (what you see will change depending on what the lecturer has

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    put on Moodle).

    What if my list of modules isn't correct?

    Moodle is linked to the student records system, SITS. If the list of modules isn't correct then you'll need to ask your course tutor to ensure that your SITS entry is updated to show the correct list of modules.

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    Inside Moodle Module list The screenshot below shows what will be seen when a student has logged into Moodle, but before they have clicked on a module link.

    List of elements in CampusMoodle

    1. Calendar

    This is a mini version of the main Moodle calendar. Users (including students) can choose to add either user events only they have access to or site-wide events that can be viewed by anyone. When the mouse is passed over a date which has an event attached a small notification appears. If you click on the name of a month you will be transferred to the main Moodle calendar.

    2. Latest News

    When the Lecturer adds a new announcement to the News Forum an alert appears in this block. Students can view the full text by selecting the blue text.

    3. Upcoming events

    Announcements of upcoming events such as assignment hand-in dates are displayed in this block. You can also access the main calendar or add a new event of your own by selecting from the links at the bottom of the page.

    4. Logout link (top right)

    Selecting this link logs the users out of Moodle completely; use this link when you have finished work with Moodle.

    5. The boxes at the top right

    These contains links to resources and activities that are not specific to any particular course; in the example above they have been highlighted. These refer to generic modules relating to for example your work placement, your research project and general learning support. Make sure you make good use of these resources throughout your studies.

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    6. Messages

    You can see if another Moodle user is trying to contact you via the messaging feature by checking the information inside this box.

    7. My modules (bottom left. Figure below)

    This menu in the top right contains the names of all the modules you are enrolled on, by selecting the name of a module the respective Moodle page will come up and you will be able to see its resources. You can also see all of Harper Adams courses by selecting the All modules link near the bottom. You can use this feature to access modules you have studied previously (see below).

    8. My modules list

    The My module list in the centre of the page shows all of the modules you are currently enrolled on and gives the names of the lecturers and support staff associated with it.

    9. Online users

    The names of all the people either teaching or studying this module currently logged into Moodle are displayed here.

    10. Recent Activity

    This area lists all of the changes that have been recently made to the current module, such as forum postings, assignment releases, and resource additions. By viewing this list you can quickly