Access to Moodle is handled primarily through SPIRE. Students, instructors, teaching assistants, and others who are associated with a class in SPIRE will automatically be enrolled in the Moodle course for that class. Instructors can also request or allow different types of access to a Moodle course...
Find out how to obtain access to Moodle for co-instructors, colleagues or assistants helping out with your Moodle course.
Your Co-instructor Needs Access to Moodle
If you and your colleague share responsibility for all aspects of the course (e.g., instruction and grading) they should also have...
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 registered in the class in SPIRE will automatically be added to the roster in Moodle. Moodle course rosters are...
This page reviews basic information on getting Teaching Assistants access to a Moodle course.
About Teaching Assistants (TAs) in Moodle
Your TA must be listed in SPIRE as a Teaching Assistant in order to have access to your Moodle course. By default, TAs automatically receive access to Moodle in...
UMass Amherst considers the course content you have created to be your intellectual property. If you wish to to authorize UMass Amherst IT to grant access to your Moodle course content, please use the Give Permission for Other Instructors to Copy Your Moodle Course form.
Once this permission has...
Instructors can add abilities for individual users enrolled in their course by adding a "role." Roles can be added at the course level, or only for a particular resource or activity. Roles are "additive"; they add new privileges without blocking what the user can already do. For example, teaching...
The following browser recommendations and settings will improve your experience using Moodle and ensure access to the activities and tools in your Moodle courses.Note: UMass Amherst IT Computer Classrooms and Library Learning Commons computers are set up for Moodle.
A Course Designer can upload materials, add activities such as assignments and quizzes, and make changes to the general design of a Moodle course. There are a few ways to use the Course Designer role:
An instructor can request that departmental staff or a student assistant be added as a Course...
The instructor of a Moodle course can configure the course settings to allow Guest access, then share the course URL and a custom password with those they would like to be able to view the course.
Guests have minimal privileges in Moodle courses. Guests cannot participate in activities, view...
The instructor for a Moodle course can set the course to allow Guest access, then share the course URL and a custom password with those they would like to be able to view the course.
Guests have minimal privileges in Moodle courses. Guests cannot participate in activities, view students’...
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 NetID. (The login button will show at the top-left of on a...
When first requested, Moodle courses are hidden from students.
If requested in advance of the semester, Moodle courses are automatically released to students one business day prior to the first day of classes.
If requested after the release date at the beginning of the semester, Moodle courses...
Instructors & Facilitators
What is an "Ad Hoc Community Course"?
Ad Hoc courses in Moodle allow non-credit courses, online trainings, collaborative groups, and other course-like activities to be hosted on moodle.umass.edu even if they are not officially listed as classes in SPIRE.
Moodle is a widely-used open source learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content and host online learning activities.
This page covers how to request Moodle for UMass Amherst for-credit courses.
To use Moodle at UMass Amherst for on-campus activities not officially listed as...
This matrix provides an overview of role capabilities. For detailed descriptions of roles, see Roles in Moodle.
Grade Student Work
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There are several distinct roles individuals can have in a Moodle course. Each role provides access to a specific set of abilities in a course.
Your status in a class in SPIRE determines the role you are initially given in a Moodle course: Student, Non-editing teacher (Teaching Assistant), or...