This page provides a quick introduction to Moodle, a learning management system (LMS) at UMass Amherst used to deliver course content and host online learning activities.
When you first log into Moodle, you will see some boxes in the upper-left corner of the screen. These boxes are called Blocks and they contain all the links you'll be using to navigate to your courses and change your personal settings. Many of the Blocks are customizable.
Once you log in, look on the left side for the My courses block to see your current courses.
If you are still having problems, contact the OIT Help Center and notify your instructor so that we can help you and keep track of Moodle issues.
You can find your course a few different ways after you log into Moodle.
In each of these cases, to access your course simply click the course title.
For an overview of upcoming deadlines in all your Moodle courses, use My home (found at the top of the Navigation block). This page lists all of your currently enrolled courses and allows you to quickly navigate to new assignments. You can also customize this page and add additional blocks to the right side, including the calendar to help you stay organized.
To add a calendar to the My home page:
Courses in Moodle are usually organized in two to three columns. These columns may contain Blocks that are often customizable, and topics where your instructor will post content and assignments for your course.
The three column layout consists of a center section where your instructor will post information about the course, links to resources and assignments, and other activities you'll be doing on Moodle. On either side are blocks which you can use to navigate around Moodle, as well as access resources specific to your course such as your grades, upcoming assignments, discussion forums, announcements, and a calendar.
On occasion, you may see a course page with a two column layout. This works exactly the same as a three column layout except that all blocks are on one side of your screen (on the right).
A great feature in Moodle is that you can customize how your course page looks while you use it. Specifically, you have the option of docking blocks to provide more space on your screen. You can still access these blocks in the bar that appears on the left-side of the page.
To move a block to the dock: