What is Moodle?
Like us at the start of our courses, you are probably wondering what Moodle is. It is the University’s online learning environment, where you’ll find course information, access resources and submit assignments. All you need to login is access to the internet and your username and you are ready to go. There is even an App version with a responsive design so you can access Moodle on your phone or tablet. Below is some more useful information, so that you can become a Moodle expert in no time.
How to use Moodle
Moodle can be accessed from the Student Hub or directly on Moodle.
All you will need is your IT Username (e.g. abcd123) and your password. If you have forgotten your Moodle password, contact the IT Service Desk on 020 7040 8181 or log a query on Service Now.
Moodle can be a bit overwhelming at first but once you are logged in, you will be on the ‘My Moodle’ page or homepage.
At the top of the page, you will find the toolbar. It stays at the top of the page wherever you are on Moodle.
- The ‘My Moodle’ tab takes you back to the homepage.
- You can add modules to the ‘My Favourites’ tab. This is a quick and easy way to find the modules you access most frequently.
- The ‘My Modules’ tab lists all modules on your course.
- You will also find your picture (yes you can change it!)
- There is a search bar further down the page to find any module.
- Recently accessed modules can be found on the homepage once you start using your account.
- The ‘Activity Feed’ can be found at the bottom of the page. It shows module updates including messages from lectures, posts to forums and relevant course information.
- You'll also find upcoming events, course overview, deadlines and more.
Your module page
Once you have clicked on a module, you will find quick links and activities at the top of your page.
Quick links explained
- Reading lists: quickly find the books and journal articles you’ll need for your module.
- Timetable: does what it says on the tin - this will show you the schedule for your module.
- Grade: Once your assignment has been marked, you’ll be able to see your grades. Just click ‘Grader report’ on the module dashboard.
- Calendar: find any deadlines or important dates for your module.
- Students, Lecturers and Course Officers buttons: find the email addresses of your course mates, teaching and admin staff.
- Lecture Capture: Some of your lectures may be recorded for you to use an extra resource. It comes in handy for revision or if you can’t make it in to a lecture. You can find the links to recorded lectures under the relevant module on Moodle. Remember you will still be expected to attend even if the session is being Lecture Captured.
- Assignments: you can use this button to submit your work.
- Forum Discussions: Lecturers may encourage you to ask questions about the module using the ‘Forum’ area. This is a great resource because it means others on your course will be able to learn from responses and questions posted in the group. It is also a great resource to share information about the module.
- Choices: your lecturers may ask you to vote or make choices about options for your course for example meeting times for projects. Just click the choices button and vote. This button may not be available for all courses.
- Resources: here you will find required reading, links quizzes, journal articles and lecture notes.
Remember to check Moodle regularly, as it is the main way to access course content.
Handy hints for using Moodle
If you get stuck
There is a lot of information on Moodle! Look for the ‘Help and Support’ tab and click ‘Induction’ for a useful video on how to get to grips with Moodle. You can find even more information under ‘Student Guidance’.
Get the app
Search ‘Moodle’ on the App Store or Google Play Store. Type in moodle.city.ac.uk and login with your usual IT credentials. You'll even get notifications for when your assessment deadlines are approaching.
When an assignment has been set for your module your lecturers will create a ‘Submission Box’ on Moodle. You will be able to upload, name and submit assignment files here.
Submission boxes will have an associated deadline which will appear in your calendar. If you have installed the Moodle app on any of your devices, you will also receive a notification when your deadline is approaching.
View lecturer drop in times
You can find lecturers drop in hours for some of your course modules on the main page.