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Moodle - Student Help

This section of the Help Files covers the various Resources.

When your lecturer needs to provide content or information about a topic you will usually see it as a page, a web link or an uploaded file. Your lecturer has the ability to upload any electronic fle as a resource, below are examples of the icons you will see depending on the type of file. A folder allows you to view a collection of uploaded files.

Resources screenshot

A document

Lecturers most commonly upload files and documents such as a PowerPoint or other Office document - these will open in Microsoft Office (you may require MS Office or the MS Office viewer software to open these documents). A PDF document will open in your Internet Browser (you may require the latest Adobe Acrobat reader plug-in)

A Folder

A folder is a resource which contains a list of files that the lecturer will want to share with the class. Click the title of the document to open or save it to your computer.

A page

A page displays text and/or images and hyperlinks that the lecturer has created within Moodle.

A URL to a website

Your lecturer may link to an internal or external website. Remember you will pay the normal rate when accessing an external website while on campus.

A link to a multimedia or other file

Your lecturer can also link to images, flash files, audio or video. These will generally display in your Internet browser however you may require a browser plug-in such as  Adobe Flash PlayerQuickTime, and Java Applets.

Communication and Collaboration activities

Your online paper may contain one or more of the following discussion and collaboration tools.

Forum icon
Forums allow participants to hold discussions online and act like a virtual message board. Depending on the settings, you may only be able to read discussions, your posts may be graded, you may be able to start discussions, or your may only be able to reply to discussions started by your lecturer.

For more information about Forums refer to the Forums Help Page.

Dialogue icon

The dialogue tool is used as an individual private communication area between yourself and your lecturers in one paper.  Note that the default setting is for only the two people the conversation is started with can view it however it is possible for other lecturers to view a thread depending on the settings.

The threaded conversation is a great alternative to using email or the simple Moodle messaging system as conversations can easily be found later. The paper lecturers and an individual student may be involved in many on-going dialogues at any time depending on the settings. Other students cannot view the dialogue between you and your lecturer(s).

Click the dialogue title to view the conversion(s) with your lecturer.

Dialogue Conversations

Click your Lecturer's name to view and/or reply to the conversation. A text box is provided for you to add to the conversation. Don't forget to click the 'Submit entry' button to post your entry.

Dialogue post


Chat icon

An Online Chat is a way for lecturers and students to hold live discussions online. Discussions may or may not be logged and kept for future reference.

Entering a Chat Session

Click on the chat name to view a description and any information or protocols provided by your lecturer the click the 'Click here to enter the chat now' link. The normal view for a chat session includes frames.  JavaScript will automatically refresh the chat window to display new messages.

If you would like to control when to refresh the page or have trouble with the chat not refreshing automatically try entering the chat using the "Use more accessible interface" link.

Chat view

Viewing a Chat

The normal view for a chat session includes frames and JavaScript is used to automatically refresh the chat window to display new messages. The screen is divided into three parts, the Messages frame, the Send Message frame and the Participants frame.

Messages frame: This area displays the text as students post to the chat.  It also displayed when some has entered or left the chat room and when some has ‘beeped’ you.

Send message frame: The text field is where you type your message text – press Enter on your keyboard to submit your message.

Participants frame: This show the list of people in the chat room.  The Idle time displays how long it has been since they posted a message.  The ‘beep’ link allows you to beep that individual – this causes a short tone to sound on their computer and a message appears for them.

Chat with JavaScript

Viewing a Chat without Frames and JavaScript

Some users will not have JavaScript running in their browsers.  These users can view the chat session in a more simple form.

The participants are listed at the top of the page, followed by the message entry box.  Messages at the displayed at the bottom of the page (most recent at the top).

Chat without JavaScript

Assessment activities

Your paper may contain one or more of the following tools. These are usually (but not always) used as assessments and will record your grade in the grades area of your paper.

Assignment icon

An assignment activity usually provides an area for you to upload one or more documents and/or type a submission. If you assignment space has a 'Submit for marking' button, click this to receive an electronic receipt of your submitted document(s).

For more information about Assignments refer to the Assignments Help Page.

Quiz icon

A quiz usually contains multiple-choice, short answer, matching or True/False questions, which are graded automatically; or an essay type question, which is graded manually. Your lecturer can alter the quiz settings to allow you to review your past quiz attempts.

For more information about Quizzes refer to the Quiz Help Page.

Lesson icon

A lesson contains content information and may have a question at the bottom of each page for you to answer before viewing the next page.

To advance to the next page you are required to answer the question. If you answer a question incorrectly you may be presented with the same page again or may be sent to another page.

Click on the lesson name to view the instructions and begin the lesson. Read each page carefully then review the question and possible answers. Click the radio button or checkboxes beside the correct answer to make your choice then click the 'Please check one or more answer' button to view feedback and advance.

Lesson question

Note: This example requires more than one correct answer. You will be returned to the main paper page when you complete the lesson. You can leave the lesson and come back to it later. You will be prompted to return to the last page seen or begin the lesson again. Your progress through the lesson will depend on your answer and how the lesson was configured by your lecturer.

Interactive activities

Choice icon
A choice is like a poll and allows the lecturer to gather statistics and may show a graphical summary of results, depending on the setup of the Choice.

How to record your choice

Click on the choice name from the main paper page to view the question and the choices available. Read the question carefully and choose your answer by clicking on the round radio button next to the appropriate answer. Click the 'Save my choice' button to submit your answer. You can remove or change your choice depending on the settings chosen by the lecturer.

Choice view

Some choice activities will display a summary of responses, this may or may not be anonymous.

Choice Results

Database icon

A database allows you to insert entries as defined by your lecturer.

Feedback icon

A Feedback activity is set up by your lecturer to gather anonymous feedback from students. Your answers are recorded anonymously.

Glossary icon
A glossary is a list of words defined by you or your instructor. Participants are able to view and comment on all entries. Your lecturer may allow you to also add entries.

Viewing an entry

Click on the glossary name to browse entries.

You have various browsing options depending on the settings of the glossary. The default is to browse in alphabetical order however you can choose to browse by category, date entered or by author. You can search entries using the search box and view a Printer-friendly version using the link at to top right.

View Glossary

Note: You may be able to comment on the glossary entry if the comment icon is showing (Comment Icon), click this icon to add a comment about the entry.

Adding a new entry to the glossary

  1. Click the "Add New Entry" button to add a new concept to the glossary

Add Glossary button

  1. Complete the forum by adding the concept and definition
  2. If your concept fits one of the Categories provided click the category to add it to this concept
  3. Type any keywords that will be used when searching for this concept
  4. You may add an attachment if appropriate
  5. Select the auto-linking options that apply to your concept
  6. Click "Save changes" to submit your entry

Add Glossary Entry

Note: You may or may not be able to add a new entry to the glossary, depending on how your lecturer has set up the paper. Click the help icons next to each option to read more about it (help icon)

Hot Potatoes Quiz icon

A Hot Potato quiz will contain activities created by your lecturer. Your activity within the quiz is recorded in Moodle.

Scorm Package icon

A scorm contains multiple pages and/or activities. You activity within the pacakge is recorded in Moodle.

Survey icon
A survey is just like a questionnaire that the lecturer uses to evaluate the online learning environment.

Wiki icon

A Wiki allows participants in a paper to collaboratively edit and create web pages within Moodle. You can alter text on a page, create new pages and insert images and hyperlinks. History is stored and can be viewed and restored.

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