Moodle Notes for Students

A Student’s Quick Guide to Moodle
(See your faculty for what you need to do in each class)

 

How to Log in to Moodle

1. Go to http://moodle.hesston.edu or find it in the Student navigation bar from the main HC web page

2. Click the “Login” link in the top bar, to the right of the Hesston College logo.

3. Your username and password are the same as your network login and for your “My Hesston” login.

Click here for a short generic ‘Intro to Moodle” video that shows you how to log in, how to customize your pages, how to access your “Private Files” area on your Moodle “My Home” page.

4. You are now logged in! 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.

If you get a log in error, please double-check your password and log in name with your email. If they work in email but not in Moodle, or don’t work in email either, contact Gary Oyer (garyo@hesston.edu) to reset your password.

How to Find your Courses

If you are enrolled in any 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 instructor.   Not all classes use Moodle.

How to Find your Calendar

If your classes are using Moodle and have put up assignments or other events you can see them on the calendar on your main page.  You can also add your own events to that calendar.  See other document on main Moodle page for more information on the calendar.

 Your Profile

Your profile is your identity on Moodle. All Hesston Moodle users can see it, including your instructors. Your profile also contains email information.  

To edit your profile

To view 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.  

You can change your user icon/photo  by browsing for a picture next to the “New Picture” field. Please keep the picture small, about 100×100 pixels, and 500kb or less in size. Please use either GIF or JPG format. Again, remember that this profile is accessible to all members of the Hesston College community, and your teachers will see this icon. The same caution is applicable to your description.

Email from inside Moodle or the Messaging Function

In Moodle, many faculty will have added a QuickMail block which is a basic email program to allow you to email your classmates or any of the faculty.   You can also send an email message with Moodle’s  the “Messaging” option from participants list.
To see a short video on how to do that, click here.

Forums

If your instructor has put a forum in your course, the link on the main page will look like this:

Forum name goes here

To post a new thread in a forum, click the 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, and type your post in the “Message” section. When you are done, check your post for errors and click the “Post to forum” button at the bottom. Be sure to change the Subscription setting to how you want it—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 teachers 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. After you’ve posted, you will have 30 minutes to edit your post.

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 you want to reply to. 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 Hesston  logo bar.

Some teachers will 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 the teacher has set it, you may be able to see only posts made by members of your own group.

On your profile settings page mentioned above, you can also change the forum tracking option to show all new posts.

If you want to know anything more about Moodle, try looking it up on http://www.moodle.org/. Give suggestions to your faculty on new ways they could use it to improve the teaching/learning process.