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  • 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. Log in, and Log Out of Moodle To log into Moodle, visit http://moodle.umass.edu. Click Log in with OIT NetID. (The...
  • This page explains how students gain access to a course in Moodle. Student Enrollment in Moodle Courses Once the instructor for a class requests a Moodle course, students who are enrolled in the class in SPIRE will automatically be added to the roster in Moodle. Moodle course rosters are updated...
  • About the Database Activity The Database activity module allows the teacher and/or students to build, display, and search a bank of recorded entries about a topic. The Database is most often used as a collaborative activity in Moodle, where students are assigned to add the entries. Contributing...
  • A Glossary is a database of terms and definitions that are compiled by members of your class.  To contribute to a glossary: In your Moodle course, click the link to a Glossary activity. Activity links always appear in one of the Topic or Weekly Sections down the center of the course page.  If...
  • Edit an Existing Page The Edit tab at the top of the wiki page or Edit in the Navigation block allows users to edit an existing Moodle wiki page. While multiple users can view the same wiki page at once, Moodle only allows one editor at a time. The Edit function allows users to add text, insert...
  • Where do I get files my instructor posted? Although instructors may organize their Moodle courses differently, you can always find your files in the central course content area in the middle of your Moodle course page. You can often find the files you need in a section labeled for the current...
  • While not everyone can see your Moodle Profile page, your Profile settings affect your experience using Moodle, so you should review them carefully. Privacy and Your Moodle Profile Page & Settings Your Moodle Profile page can be viewed only by certain other individuals. For example, students...
  • Moodle offers you a few different ways to follow the events in a class.  This article contains recommendations for the best ways to keep track of the activities and deadlines for your course. Announcements Most Moodle courses have a built-in announcements tool called the News Forum where...
  • Students and instructors can create hypertext links anywhere they see an HTML Editor in Moodle. Instructors can also add a URL resource to a Moodle course page. This page explains how to create both kinds of links. A note about tracking use of resources: Instructors can track whether URL Resources...
  • This page explains how to log in to Moodle and find your courses, with troubleshooting tips for students, instructors, and TAs. Log in to Moodle  To log in to Moodle, visit http://moodle.umass.edu.  In the Login block, click Log in with OIT NetID. (The login button will show at the top-...
  • Moodle makes it easy to keep track of your course’s online discussions by using email notifications.  However, improper settings can result in too many emails.  This handout will show you how to control these notifications, and keep your inbox uncluttered. There are two places where you need to...
  • The Moodle Messages module was discontinued August 24, 2012.  Messages in Moodle allowed Moodle users to communicate on-on-one, via asynchronous exchanges of text within Moodle, and provided a log of all messages exchanged between individuals. From time to time, we add features to Moodle, but it...
  • I am a UMass Amherst student.  Why can’t I access open.umass.edu Moodle courses from Moodle at UMass Amherst? Although they both use Moodle for a Learning Management System, open.umass.edu is a separate Moodle installation designed for use by MOOCs, open courses, and open communities in which...
  • The Chat activity allows course members to hold real-time, text-based conversations with other course members. An instructor can add more than one chat activity to a Moodle course, so be certain you enter the correct chat if there is more than one. Join a Chat Session To participate in a Chat...
  • A forum is one of the places in Moodle where your class can hold online discussions. Forums can be set up in different ways for different purposes.  Types of Forums Forums can be set to work differently by your instructor: You may be asked to participate in an ongoing discussion where anyone...
  • Turnitin helps instructors assess the originality of student work and ensure the proper citation of references by comparing students' electronic documents to a variety of online sources and to the Turnitin database. The software then creates an “originality report” that rates submitted assignments...
  • Moodle lets instructors create a variety of assignment types. For example: Your instructor can control whether you can make only one submission or can re-submit files, and whether you can upload files after deadlines have passed. Some assignment types let your instructor return a submission...
  • Your instructor can deliver quizzes in Moodle using a variety of question types, including multiple choice, true-false, short answer, numeric questions and more. Quizzes may be configured in very different ways, so don't expect to always see the same thing when you take a quiz.  For example, you...
  • Students can copy files from Google Drive when submitting or attaching files to Moodle activities such as Assignments, Turnitin Assignments, Forums, or Databases. Instructors can copy files from Google Drive to Moodle when adding Files or Folders, posting Assignment feedback files, attaching...
  • If your instructor has enabled the gradebook in your course, Moodle makes it easy to see your grades through a customized report that will show you all currently graded assignments. Your instructor may also use additional tools such as checklists or progress check boxes to help you keep track of...