Moodle Basics (optional)

There are a lot of documents, manuals, and videos posted online about using Moodle.  This page includes some basic "how to" for using Moodle as a student.  Alternately you can review the Moodle.org site document on student use here.

For a list of videos, check out Lynda.com, or search some YouTube channels and video.

Access to Moodle

To access the Moodle LMS requires pre-registration, a user ID and email address.

Click one of these links to learn more:

Recommended Browser Settings
How to log in
Forgot Password
Your Profile
Edit Your Profile
Your Courses
Enrolling in Courses
Starting Your Course
Navigating Within the Course
Viewing Course Resources
Completing Course Activities
Course Grades
Using Forums

Recommended Browser Settings

Moodle is compatible with most modern Web browsers, including recent versions of Safari, Firefox and Chrome. Many school district computers typically use Internet Explorer version 9 (IE9) and @KOOL site and content have been configured for viewing in IE9.

For some courses to function correctly, it is recommended that the following requirements be met:

Pop-ups are enabled

Cookies are enabled

Java is installed, up-to-date and enabled

Flash Player is up to date

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How to log into Moodle

Step One

Use any standard browser (such as Internet Explorer, FireFox, Safari or Chrome). Navigate to http://courses.kool.sd73.bc.ca/login/index.php. 

Step Two

Type in your Username

Type in your password and click on the “Login” button.

Your password must have at least 8 characters, 1 digit(s), 1 lower case letter(s), 1 upper case letter(s), and at least 1 non-alphanumeric character(s)

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Step Three

Once logged in, you will be taken to the My home page where you will find a list of courses

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Forgot Password

If you forget your password, click on “Lost password?”.  You will be directed to a page to search either your Username or email address.

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Enter either your username or your email address and click ‘Search’. You will receive an email with instructions – just click on the link in the message.

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Your Profile

Like on Facebook and other social media sites, you can edit and personalize your profile in Moodle. Upload a photograph, choose who can see your email address, set the rules for your subscription to discussion forums, specify your geography, and provide a brief description about yourself.

Edit Your Profile

From your Myhome page under settings, choose ‘edit profile’

  1. Click on My profile settings within the Settings block on the left side bar
  2. Click Edit profile option
  3. Review the profile settings and make any desired changes:
    • Email display
    • Email format - Specifies whether you would like to receive HTML formatted e-mail (that can include images and colour), or only plain text. Modern e-mail clients display HTML formatted messages, so it is safe to leave the default “Pretty HTML format”.
    • Email digest type - When you are subscribed to a discussion forum, the Learning Centre will send you e-mail copies of all posts to that forum each day. If you select “No digest (single e-mail per forum post)” you could receive dozens or even hundreds of e-mails per day -- depending on how many forums you are subscribed to and how active they are!
      Alternatively, you can select “Complete (daily e-mail with full posts)” which will combine all forum posts into one e-mail message to you. Again, depending on how active a forum is, this message could be very long. The recommended setting is “Subjects (daily e-mail with subjects only)” which will send you an e-mail that includes only a list of links to new forum post subjects for the day, including authors. You can click on a subject link in the digest to view the complete forum post in Moodle.
    • Forum auto-subscribe - By selecting this, you will receive email copies of all new messages in forums you have posted in. You can unsubscribe from a forum at any time.
    • Forum tracking: Selecting “Yes: highlight new posts for me” will highlight forum messages that you have not read yet so that you can quickly see what’s new.
    • City/town/country - Specify your current geographic location.
  4. Upload a picture – adding a photo to your profile increases the sense of shared community and helps you to recognize others more easily.
  5. Enter your interests - Enter your interests separated by commas. You can share personal interests like yoga or Asian food, or professional interests like fare systems or route planning. Your interests will be displayed on your profile page as tags. Later you can use tags to search for others with similar interests.

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Once you have edited your profile settings, click the Update profile button.

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Your Courses

On your Myhome page you will see all of the courses that you are enrolled in.  Once you select a course from the list of courses, you will be taken directly to the course page.

Enrolling in Courses

Your teacher will enroll you in courses available. When you are enrolled in a course it will be listed on your Myhome page. Most courses include some form of quiz, your quiz scores can be accessed by clicking on the ‘grades’ link on each course page. Note – only you and your teacher have access to your course grades..

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Starting Your Course

Open your course by clicking on the course code on your Myhome Page or My Home. Note: you must be logged in to launch the course.

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Navigating Within the Course

Use the Breadcrumbs to move backwards through the sequence of screens you followed to arrive at your present location in the course.

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Use the links in the Navigation block to move to another location within the course, to return to your My Moodle page or the Learning Centre Home Page, to open a different course, or to view your profile.

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Use the Settings block to view your Grades or edit your profile.

Use the My Courses block to launch a different course in which you are enrolled.

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Viewing Course Resources

Course resources appear as hyperlinks in the Course Content area and the Navigation block. The type of resource is identified by the icon to the left of the link (e.g., PDF document, web page, link to an external resource such as a You Tube video).

To view a resource, click on its link. Some resources will appear in the Course Content Area; some will open in a new window; some will replace the Learning Centre on the browser tab. Use the Navigation block or other navigation tools to return to the course home page or view a different resource. If the Navigation block is not visible (for example, when viewing a You Tube video), use the browser Back button to return to your course.

Some resources may have conditional access. That is, you must view another resource or complete an activity before the link to the resource is available. The resource link will appear in grey text and conditions for access will be displayed.

Resources

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Completing Course Activities

Courses may contain activities that require your participation (more than just reading, viewing, or listening to content). These may include interactive lessons or self-checks to ensure you are understanding the material. Some activities are required before other resources or activities are made available to you.

Most courses include some form of quiz. The number of attempts will vary from course to course. The passing grade will usually be 80%, but may vary from course to course. Some courses may include more than one quiz.

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Course Grades

You can review your quiz scores and overall course grade by clicking on the Grades link on each course page. Note: only you, your teacher, and school admin ever have access to your course grades.

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Using Forums

Each course typically has a forum or a page for you to pose questions.

In the forum you can add a new topic, or click on a discussion topic to reply to a post in a discussion forum that has already been started. The forum has a feature that provides you updates of new posts..

You can scan the forum for answers to your question that others may have posted prior. Or you can use the search feature on the Course page to search and find key words like “policy” that would be used in a forum.

You are automatically subscribed to the forum when you are enrolled in a course and will receive email notifications of new posts. This is a feature that can be turned off if you wish.

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Last modified: Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 10:50 PM