Moodle - Student QuickStart Guide
Student's Quickstart Guide to Moodle
How to log in to Moodle
- Go to http://cms.whittier.edu/
- Click the "Login" link in the top bar.
- Use your Network ID and password.
You should now be logged in. If you got a login error, please double-check your password and Network ID. Try using the same credentials to login to email. If they work in email but not in Moodle, or don't work in email either, please contact Kathy Filatreau or any librarian in Wardman Library.
You should see a list of your courses in the "My courses" box on the left. The box will not show up if you are not enrolled in any courses.
How to Find your Courses
If you are enrolled in any Moodle courses already, they should appear in the "My Courses" box on the left side of the Moodle main page when you log in. If you aren't enrolled and should be, you can talk to your professor or call the Help Desk. You will normally be enrolled in a Moodle course site the day after you officially register for a course.
Your profile is your identity on Moodle. All Whittier Moodle users can see it, including your instructors.
To edit your profile
To access your profile, click on your name next to the "Logout" link at the top of the screen, or anywhere else that your name appears as a link. Then click the "Edit profile" tab.
Several settings that are accessible from your profile can be customized. Some of the more useful ones are:
- Email format: Emails sent from Moodle can be sent in "Plain text format" or "Pretty HTML format". HTML format will include images and the Moodle color scheme in emails, but messages will be slightly larger in size.
- Email digest type: You may choose to receive all emails from Moodle in one daily message.
- Forum auto-subscribe: If you select the "Yes..." value you will be subscribed to any forum to which you post a message.
- Forum tracking: If set to "Yes...", unread forum messages will be highlighted so you can easily see which messages are new.
If you would like to include a user icon with your profile use the Browse button next to the "New Picture" field to locate a picture. Please use either GIF or JPG format and keep the picture small (about 100x100 pixels max with a filesize less than 500 KB). Again, remember that this profile is accessible to all members of the Whittier College community—your professors and everyone else will be able to see this icon. The same caution is applicable to any personal description you might include.
If your professor has put a forum in your course, the link on the main page will look like this:
To post a new thread in a forum
- Click the forum's link then click the "Add a new discussion topic" button at the top of the list of threads.
- Give the thread a title in the Subject heading.
- Type your post in the Message section.
- Check your post for errors then click the "Post to forum" button at the bottom. You will have 30 minutes to edit your post after posting.
Be sure to change the Subscription setting to reflect your preference—if you want to receive emails of every post to the forum, set it to "Send me email copies of posts to this forum." If not, set it to "I don't want email copies of posts to this forum." Some faculty may have set their forums to force you to be subscribed or to not allow you to be subscribed, in which cases this option will not appear.
To reply to a thread
Click on the name of the thread in the forum, and click the "Reply" link at the bottom right of the post to which you want to reply. The fields are the same as they are for making a new thread.
You can change whether you're subscribed to a given forum at any time by clicking on the name of the forum, then clicking the "Subscribe/Unsubscribe me from this forum" link in the top right of the window (under the Lafayette Moodle logo bar).
Some faculty may use groups. If you want to see the forum posts for a particular group, select the group name from the drop-down menu that will appear on the forum's page. Depending on how your professor has configured the forum, you may be able to see only those posts made by members of your group(s).
Need more help?
If you want to know anything more about Moodle, try looking it up on http://www.moodle.org/. For additional help, contact Wardman Library (x4247).