Logging into Moodle
Moodle works well in any browser.
- In your web browser, type the URL address for Drew’s Moodle Server: https://moodle.drew.edu (no www).
- Alternatively, you can follow the Moodle icon link from TreeHouse.
- If you are not already logged in, you should be prompted for your username and password at a uLogin screen. After logging in, you will see the Moodle home page.
A Note about Moodle 2 and Moodle 3
As of Fall 2017, Drew is running an updated version of Moodle. This is where you will be directed when following the link from TreeHouse or navigating directly to moodle.drew.edu.
If you need to visit courses from a recent semester (only courses from the prior semester will be visible to you), you can follow the link from the home page on Moodle or navigate directly to moodle.drew.edu/2.
The Moodle Homepage
The Moodle home page consists of blocks. These blocks provide navigation tools, announcements about Moodle at Drew, Tweets from University Technology, links to your Courses, and (at the top) some settings options for you.
To enter a course, click on the name of the course.
If you don't see a course on Moodle...
Not all of your courses will be listed automatically in Moodle. Some professors don’t use Moodle, so if you know that one of your professors has a Moodle site for their course, and do not see the course in Moodle, check with the professor first. It is possible they did not make the course available to students, or that you are not properly enrolled in the course (in which case, you may need to reach out to the Registrar's office). If you are enrolled in the course and your professor has made it visible to students in Moodle, but you still do not see it, please reach out to the Service Center by calling 973-408-4357 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Web Page
The course web page is divided into three columns.
On the left, you will find two Navigation Blocks. The first offers navigation options within the course; the second replicates what you saw on the home page, with links back to the home page or your dashboard. This section can be collapsed by clicking on the pancake menu at the top (to the left of "Drew University Moodle").
The Main Content Area is in the middle section of the screen. This is divided into sections, usually by topic or by week. In the Main Content Area you will find links to files, folders, assignments, web pages, exams, and other activities and resources (depending on what resources your professor is providing).
Some courses have additional Side-Bar Blocks. These blocks are created and arranged by your professors. They often include things like announcements or recent activity.
All students in your class automatically receive posted announcements by email. These announcements are usually quiz announcements or homework changes. To view all announcements, click on the Announcements link at the top of the Content Section. (Please note: Some professors will not use this forum, or will rename it.)
Activities in Moodle
Moodle allows students to interact with the course material and with each other in a variety of ways, including the Discussion Forum, Assignment (sort of a digital dropbox), Quiz, Wiki and Questionnaire activity modules.
Using a Discussion Forum
The Discussion Forum is a communication tool for posting and responding to messages in an asynchronous manner. This means that users do not have to be present at the same time to converse online. The Discussion Forum can be a general place to post the expression of ideas and thoughts. Students and instructors can add Topics to these Forums (if the instructor gives the students permission).
To Start a New Discussion
- Click on the Forum name from the Course page.
- Click on the button labeled Add a new topic.
- Fill in the Subject and Message of the discussion.
- Select your Subscription preference (whether you want an email every time someone posts a message to this topic).
- You can attach files to your posted message using the drag and drop box or Add... button in the Attachments section.
- Click the Post to forum button when finished.
In each Forum, you can reply to a topic already posted (click on the Reply link when looking at the topic) or create a new topic.
To Read a Posted Topic
Click on the discussion name, which acts as a link. The discussion will appear, listing the discussion subject, the author, the date, and the message, as well as any replies.
To Respond to a Post
- Click on the Reply link to the bottom right of the message.
- The Reply Message page will show you the message you are replying to and the necessary fields to respond to the message.
- Fill in the appropriate information and click the Post to forum button.
The assignment activity module allows teachers to collect work from students, review it and provide feedback (including grades). Students can submit any digital content, including, for example, documents, spreadsheets, images, audio files and video clips. Assignments don't necessarily have to consist of file uploads. Alternatively, teachers can ask students to type directly into Moodle using an online text assignment. There is also an offline activity assignment which can be used to remind students of 'real-world' assignments they need to complete and to record grades in Moodle for activities that don't have an online component.
Uploading and Downloading Files
Uploading Single Files
You will only be able to upload a file if your professor has created an assignment module asking for file submissions.
- Click on the Assignment name.
- Click the Add submission button.
- You can add your file one of two ways:
- Click the "Add..." icon at the top left of the grey bar (it looks like a piece of paper with a plus sign in the bottom right corner) and browse to find the file on your computer.
- Drag and drop the file from where you have it saved.
- Click the Save changes button.
- You can click Edit submission to delete the file or add another (depending on the settings your professor chose for the activity).
Downloading Single Files
You can download files you submitted or files your professor would like the class to have. Simply click on the name of the file and choose where to save it.
The Quiz activity module allows your teacher to design quizzes consisting of a large variety of question types, including multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions.
If you have any questions about a quiz, please ask your professor.
A Wiki is software that allows you to create and edit web pages. You can upload images and text into the wiki, and even attach documents to your wiki. You can also comment on pages.
For more information on using a wiki activity, please visit the Moodle documentation at https://docs.moodle.org/32/en/Using_Wiki.
Many professors will choose to publish your grades on Moodle, although some will be more meticulous about updating them than others. You are the only one who is able to see your individual grades.
When you are in your course, the link to your grades can be found in the left navigation block. Click on the link that says Grades and a page will come up with an itemized list of all of your grades for the semester as well as your aggregate grade for the semester.
You will be taken to the User report tab, which will list your grades for this specific class. If you switch to the Overview report tab, you will see a list of grades for all of your classes (with grades).
Additional questions can be directed either to your professor or to Drew's Service Center. The latter can be reached by phone at (973) 408-4357; by email at email@example.com; or by submitting a support request at help.drew.edu.