Getting Started with Moodle
Getting Started
•Logging In
•Entering Your Email Address
Viewing a Course
•Navigating Your Course’s Homepage
Personalizing Your Account
•Updating your Profile
•Uploading a Picture
•Viewing Your Profile
•Changing your password
•Logging out
Using Moodle
•Posting a Message in a Forum
•Editing a Message in a Forum
•Replying to a Message in a Forum
•Uploading a File
•Checking Your Grades
Logging In
Click on this button if you forget
your username or password.
You will be entering your username and password here. Your account username is the first letter of
your first name followed by all the letters of your last name (all in lowercase) For example, Jose Garcia
would have a username of JGARCIA. You must use lowercase letters. Your password is “changeme”
without the quotes. After you login, you can change your password to something more secure, and to
your choosing.
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Navigating Your Course - Outline Block
This is the main page of your course. Your course may be set up in the Topic outline format—like
the course shown—or your course may be set up in a Weekly outline format. Use the scroll bars on the
right to view the entire contents or any part of your course’s homepage. Most of the items located in this
section are links that lead to course assignments, forums, journals, resources, surveys, quizzes, chats,
etc.
You can easily tell when text is a hyperlink by moving your cursor over the text, and you will see the text
change color, and the cursor arrow will change into a symbol of a pointing finger on a hand.
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Navigating Your Course - Activities Block
The Activities block located either on the left or right of your course homepage, allows for quick
access to available course assignments, forums, journals, resources, surveys, quizzes, chats, etc.
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Navigating Your Course - People Block
The People block located either on the on the left or right of your course homepage, allows you to view
the Participants in your course, including your instructor’s profile, as well as other students and their
profiles. Click on Participants to see a list.
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Navigating Your Course – Breadcrumbs & Jump to
The breadcrumbs navigation bar, located on
the upper part of your screen, is available in
most Moodle screens. Click on the links to
move from one screen to another. For
example, we are currently in Books, and you
can click on OTL-1 to return to the course
page, or @ONE to return to the site main page
This is often the fastest way to navigate back
in your course.
The Jump to box is another way
to navigate from one part of the
course to another. Click on the
pull-down arrow at the right of
the box to see the selection of
destinations, and use the scroll
bars to move up and down
through the selections
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Updating Your Profile - Page 1
To update your Profile, click on the Edit Profile link, in the Administration block. The Administration
block may be located either on the left or right of your course homepage.
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Updating Your Profile - Page 2
Here you may change your first name, last name, email address, email properties, your city, write a
brief description about yourself, list other contact information and upload a picture. You may need to
scroll down to view all of the options. In the Email digest type and Forum auto-subscribe pull down
menus, you may choose how you receive all email messages in this course, including those from
classmates. Once you have finished editing, click on the Update profile link at the bottom of the page.
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Updating Your Profile - Page 3 Your Email Address
You will edit your profile by clicking on Edit profile in the Administration block.
Insert your email address here. You will not be able to use your Moodle account
without inserting an email address. Please ensure that your email address is
valid, that you have typed it correctly and that it is NOT full. Your instructor and
classmates will use this email address to communicate with you. If you do not want
your email address to be visible, you may select “Hide my email address from
everyone” in the pull down menu for Email display.
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Uploading a Picture - Page 1
To upload a picture, click Edit profile in the Administration block, then scroll down until you see the
contents above. The default picture for every Moodle user is the “smile face”, shown above. To upload a
different picture, click on the Browse link and search for a picture located in a folder on your computer.
The picture must be in JPG or PNG format (ie the names will usually end in .jpg or .png).
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Uploading a Picture - Page 2
Click on the picture that you would like to upload. Once the picture is selected,
click on Open.
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Uploading a Picture - Page 3
After selecting the image, the location and filename will appear in the text box. The
final step in uploading a picture is to click on Update profile.
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Viewing Your Profile
I’m a Cabrillo College Student.
Here is the updated Profile. You can view your profile by clicking on the Participants link in your
course homepage and clicking on your image, or you can select profile from the Edit Profile link’s
homepage. Notice you can also Change password and see and reply to Messages.
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Changing your password - Page 1
To change your password, click on the Change Password link, in the Administration block. The
Administration block may be located either on the left or right of your course homepage.
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Changing your password - Page 2
In this screen, you may change your password.
You must first enter your current password
here.
Next, enter your new password twice. In case
you forget it, your new password will be emailed
to the email address in your Profile
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Logging Out
When you are ready to log out of your Moodle account, click on Logout either on the upper right side of
the screen—as shown here—or at the very bottom of the screen.
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Posting a Message in a Forum - Page 1
To post a new message in a forum, click the
Add a new discussion topic button.
To subscribe or unsubscribe to this forum,
click on this link, which toggles between
Subscribe to this forum and Unsubscribe to
this forum. If you are not sure what to choose,
click on the yellow circle with the question
mark.
When you subscribe to a forum, every post is
emailed to the email address in your Profile. If
you are unsubscribed you will not receive any
emails as a result of forum posts.
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Posting a Message in a Forum - Page 2
Read the information about reading,
writing, and asking good questions
using the links provided.
Include a Subject
for your forum
post.
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Write your topic
information in the
space provided.
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Posting a Message in a Forum - Page 3
You can choose if you want to
subscribe to this forum and
receive email copies of posts
made in this forum. If you are
not sure what to choose, click
on the yellow circle with the
question mark.
When you are finished
writing your forum
posting, click on the
Post to Forum button
so your post gets saved
and posted in this
forum.
You can attach files to your
messages. Click the Browse button
to find the file that exists on your own
computer that you want to attach.
Double-click the file. The filename will
now appear in the text box to the left
of the Browse button.
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Editing a Message in a Forum
After you click the Post to Forum button, you will
see a message that says “Your post was
successfully added. You have 60 minutes in
which to edit your post.” To edit or delete a
posting, click on the message you posted. If the 60
minutes have not elapsed, you will see three links
at the bottom of the message: Edit, Delete, and
Reply. If it is after the 60 minute deadline, the only
link you will see is Reply.
Edit link: Allows you to edit your entry
before it becomes “permanent”.
Delete link: Allows you to delete your entry.
You will be prompted to confirm your choice
before deletion.
Note that you cannot edit or delete a
posting after someone else has replied to it,
or if the 60 minute edit time has elapsed.
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Replying to a Message in a Forum - Page 1
Once course participants
have posted messages in
the forum, you can view
the message by clicking
on the subject of the
message.
To view the Profile of the
person who posted the
message, click on their
name.
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You can also view the
message and any replies
to that message by
clicking on the number of
replies.
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Replying to a Message in a Forum - Page 2
When you view a
message, you will see a
Reply link at the bottom of
the message. Click the
Reply link, if you would like
to reply to that message.
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Uploading a File for an assignment
The information about
the assignment will be
provided as well as any
date restrictions.
Once the filename appears in the
text box, click on the “Upload this
file” button. Please note that the
maximum size of an uploaded
file has been set to 1 MB.
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If an assignment requires
you to submit a file, first
click on the Browse button
to find the file you want to
attach. Double-click the
file. The filename will now
appear in the text box.
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Checking Your Grades — Page 1
To check your grades, click on the “Grades” link., in the Administration block. The Administration
block may be located on either the left or right of your course homepage.
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Checking Your Grades — Page 2
Your score (grade) for each assignment is the
bottom set of numbers. This student has no
grades for the first three assignments yet. To
view an instructor’s comments, click on the
individual assignment’s link, located above the
total possible score for the assignment.
The total possible points is the upper set of
numbers.
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