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In this course, author Chris Mattia explores Moodle's rich learning environment and helps students successfully navigate a typical Moodle course. Serving as a reference guide, the course provides instruction on key Moodle functions, such as posting materials to student's blog, participating in live chats with other students, completing assignments online, accessing grades and instructor feedback, and more.
The first thing that you are going to want to do when you get your campus's Moodle server is you are going to want to login, and where the login link is going to be is going to be completely different on every single school. So what you need to do is just simply look around. You may have a nice block, laid out here for yourself, where you have a Username and Password field and a Login button that you can Login at. Many other schools will have a link. A lot of times it will be in the either upper-right, upper-left, or lower-right, lower-left or sometimes it will be in one of the columns, but simply look for the Login link and go ahead and click on that.
When you go into log in, you are going to already have a user account that you are going to be using from your institution. A lot of times it will be a standard campus email account. It may be your email address for your campus account, and that information will be provided by your institution. For me, I am going to go ahead and login as one of our test students whose name is Elvis, so I'll take down his first name, elvis, and the password is 12345. I just go ahead and type that in and hit the Login button. Now you will notice that once I login to Moodle, my page changes quite a bit.
I have some information that's contextually aware for me. I see my courses. There's usually a block for that somewhere on the page. It lists out what my courses are that I'm taking. If there is any messages that are coming in on the server for me, those messages will appear here and I can choose to read them or ignore them. I can see a listing of other online users that I might be able to contact. My Calendar is usually over here in the right-hand side and if I've got events on my calendar they'll be highlighted as to events they are related specifically to me. A lot of times the center section of my course will also repeat My courses and there'll be links to the courses that I'm enrolled in.
And so throughout this training we are going to be using this introduction to Coral Reef Ecology course. What goes along with logging in is making sure that when you're finished using Moodle you want to make sure that you remember to log out. And wherever you found that login link, in our case we use the one that was up here in the upper right-hand corner. Wwherever you found that login link there's more than likely going to be a Logout button, and it's really important to log out anytime you're finished using Moodle, because you don't want another student coming in and clicking into the browser and then just hitting the Back button and then they are able to access all of your files, hand in assignments, and basically masquerade as if you they were you.
So you definitely don't want that. So I'd always just logging out, and as an extra safeguard, I suggest quitting your browser and making sure that nobody is able to just use the Back button and go back in as yourself.
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