There is no learning management system (LMS) like Moodle LMS. Indisputable! (Why so? See our blog on Moodle advantages). Since Moodle LMS is a popular and open-source LMS. A large number of educational institutions tend to use it for their learning needs. As the strength of an organization varies from a few hundred to thousands, it faces a real challenge. It becomes a challenge ‘how to use Moodle as a student.’
In this blog post, let’s help you simplify things in Moodle for you. If you are a student and are using Moodle at your organization, this post will come to your rescue.
Now let’s look at things on how to use Moodle as a student. One by one.
#1. Access your Moodle site
Use: Login to your Moodle
The first thing, you as a student can do, is to go to your Moodle site. Once your Moodle admin enrolls you, you will have site logins to the site. Use the logins like ‘Username’ and ‘Password’ to access Moodle as a student.
Once you sign in to your Moodle site, then it will take you to your dashboard page. Then notice the following on your dashboard—courses, skills, badges, calendar, and the others related to your learning.
Have a glance across the dashboard so that it becomes easy to find out which thing is where.
#2. Update your profile
Use: Deck up your profile
The second thing you can do as a student is to check your profile. Update it with information. Or with a picture. Take note of things under your profile.
Find your profile in the top right corner of your screen (when you use a desktop). And select your profile picture (which gives you a dropdown) to go to your profile page.
If needed, edit your profile. There’s a link on your profile page to do so.
#3. Go to ‘Site home’
Use: Visit the Moodle site and check for courses and all
Find the ‘Site home’ link to the left side and browse through it. I mean courses available, the faculty, and many others. Depending on the theme of your Moodle LMS, the site home presents a lot of learning information.
Check the courses. Go through the faculty and what she/he teaches. And find more information to see whether you can join any of the available courses.
#4. Overview courses
Use: See your Moodle courses at a glance
You’ll find it on your main dashboard as ‘Course overview.’ Take a glance at them from your dashboard. Like the name of a course and its progress. If you’ve enrolled in many courses, then you’ll find the info related to all of them here.
Or see your enrolled courses from your profile page itself. You will find your courses at the bottom of that page.
‘My courses’ also will do a similar thing for you.
#5. View a course
Use: Take a thorough look at a course
Access any of your Moodle courses from different locations. Be it from ‘My courses’, ‘Courses overview.’ Or be it from your profile page.
Glance through the chapters, topics, assignments, quizzes, and whatnots of your course. And have a look at your grades, competencies, and badges associated with a course. And the participants of a course.
If there are any reports associated with an activity, then check it out from the cogwheel icon at the top right. (See the icon when you use a desktop computer).
#6. Take a test or assignment
Use: Test your knowledge of a topic or a course
Take a test, complete an assignment, finish a video activity, or do any of an activity of your course. Remember that once you complete an activity, the dotted checkbox automatically ticks. But you have to tick a check box with a complete border as you finish up your activity.
Your Moodle teacher or admin will decide the activity you have to tick when you complete it.
#7. Training calendar
Use: Take note of your course events and sundry
When you use Moodle as a student, checking the course events—for a course or for all courses—is a common thing. You will have a dropdown to check the course events for all courses or for a course. Select accordingly and proceed.
If needed, create your own event so that it will act as a reminder.
#8. Communication channels
Use: Communicate with your teachers, peers, etc.
You have two communication channels — messages and notifications. Find them right next to your profile picture. They become part of instant communication channels.
Besides, take part in course forum discussions, peer-to-peer or peer-to-teacher. The discussions range from the course topics to know-how-more related to your learning.
For these channels, set preferences if you need them.
#9. User preferences
Use: Choose your preferences
When you use your Moodle LMS, you will be able to set your preferences across many things. The preference settings include user accounts, blogs, and badges.
- User account. Edit your profile, change your password, set course priorities, message preferences, and so on. In other words, you set your preferences for your Moodle account.
- Set your blog preferences. Even register to an external blog.
- How do you prefer to manage the badges which you earn during your learning?
Find ‘Preferences’ under the dropdown menu from your profile picture.
#10. Sign off from your Moodle
Use: Log out of your Moodle safely
Finally, sign off from your Moodle LMS. To do so, select the ‘Log out’ option from the dropdown menu from your profile picture.
That way you can securely log out from your Moodle LMS as a student.
#11. Moodle reporting for students
Use: Check your learning analytics
As a student on your Moodle LMS, check your learning analytics for your courses. These Moodle analytics throw some light on your learning experience is going on.
From the Moodle reporting, check your quiz, assignment, SCORM, and other analytics. The following screenshot for Moodle student analytics is from LearnerScript, an analytics tool.
Go to the website of LearnerScript to know more about Moodle reporting for students.