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We just updated to a new version of Moodle, hosted in the cloud! While we are very excited, we are also hard pressed to make sure everything is running smoothly while updating this page. We will do our best to add information, but some of the below content may be out of date until we are finished.
Moodle works well in any browser.
Courses you are currently enrolled in will appear beneath the announcements, in the "My Courses" section.
If you do not see courses you are currently enrolled in on the main page, expand the menu on the left (using the 3 lines icon) and find your courses there.
***For Additional Information regarding Student Remote Learning with Moodle please see linked document (Last Updated 3/10/20)
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.
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. Let us know the course name and number, and what other courses from your schedule you do see (if any).
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 or expanded 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.)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
You will only be able to upload a file if your professor has created an assignment module asking for file submissions.
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).
Some people like to use the Moodle Mobile app. When setting up the app, choose your primary role (learner or educator), and then you will be prompted for the site URL. Please enter http://moodle.drew.edu, and choose that site from the list. Log in to your Drew account and welcome to Moodle Mobile!
Note that not all features are available in the mobile app.
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.