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Moodle provides students with a rich environment of information, resources, and activities to enhance what is being taught in the classroom. In Moodle Essential Training for Students, Chris Mattia walks step by step through a typical Moodle course and shows students how to be successful. Chris shows how to post materials to a custom database, participate in a live chat with other students, and even access and complete assignments online.
To begin exploring Moodle, you will need to go to your institution's Moodle installation. For this training series we are going to use an installation at a fictitious university called Lynda University. You will need to get the URL for your school's Moodle installation and make sure that you are using the Firefox web browser. Yes, you can use any other web browser including Internet Explorer, Safari, and many others. However, Firefox is going to give you the best experience when you are working inside of Moodle.
So you want to make sure that you got a copy of Firefox if it's available to you. If not, go ahead and use any web browser and it should work just fine. When you first get to your school's Moodle installation, you are going to be entered into your school's home page. It's going to look very different from what you see on screen. But what you are looking for is the location of the Login button. Usually this is located in the upper right-hand corner of your screen where it will say, You are not logged in. And there will be a link to Login. Ur in the lower left-hand corner of your screen there's often one as well.
Some schools and institutions also have a Login block that's set up on their home page somewhere like you see here. But let's go ahead and go up to the upper right-hand corner and go ahead and login. Now you need to use your login account that's been set up for you by your school. I am going to use an use a fictitious student account for the username of elvis. And the password is 12345. So go ahead and use your login that's been assigned to you by your IT department. Go ahead and click the Login button and you should be taken into the main page for your Moodle installation.
You will have a header section up at the top where you may find additional information and links. Moodle is then arranged is series of blocks. The left-hand block a lot of times has a block of content called My courses and it will often times have a listing of all the courses that you are currently enrolled in. Many institutions also use the center section of the Moodle installation to repeat the courses that you are currently enrolled in. So you have a very easy way to get to these courses. For this training series we are going to be using a course called Introduction to Coral Reef Ecology. On the right- hand side, you oftentimes find your institution's calendar that has been set up for you. Here you will see links to events that are going on, on your campus and within any of the courses that you are currently taking.
You can also a lot of times find a listing of all current online users of other students that are at your institution. You may find a lot of other information that's showing up here on the home page of your Moodle installation. But those are the main things that you are looking for. You will also find in the upper right- hand corner that now you should see a listing that says 'You are currently logged in as' and your name. I'm currently logged in as the user Elvis McNamera. Anytime you need log out of Moodle, just go ahead and click the link that says Logout, here just to the right of your name. This link again is repeated down in the lower left-hand corner of your screen. So that anytime, you are able to log out of Moodle.
You want to make sure that you log out completely and quit your browser, anytime that you are finished using Moodle. This will prevent other student from being able to Login to your account and access any of the information for your user account.
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