This page provides a quick introduction to Moodle, a LMS Learning Management System) at UMass Amherst used to deliver course content and host online learning activities.
Log In and Log Out of Moodle
To log in to Moodle, go to http://moodle.umass.edu.
In the Login block, click Log in with NetID....
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...
In Moodle, you can add an image anywhere you see the a Text editor toolbar.
Instructors can use images in activity description, such as the description for an Assignment, or in Quiz questions, a post to a Forum, or on a Page resource.
Students can add images when posting in a forum, submitting a...
Instructors may ask students to create media files (audio or video) and submit them to an activity in Moodle. Because of the large size of some media files, we do not recommend submitting such files directly to Moodle. Instead, students should upload media files to a sharing platform, then submit ...
About the Database Activity
The Database activity module allows instructors and/or students to build, display, and search a bank of recorded entries about a topic. The Database is most often used as a collaborative activity in Moodle, where students are assigned to add the entries.
A Glossary is a database of terms and definitions. Most often instructors set up glossaries to be compiled by members of your class.
To contribute to a glossary if your instructor has set up the activity to allow student participation:
In your Moodle course, click the link to a Glossary activity...
Where do I find files my instructor posted in Moodle?
Although instructors may organize their Moodle courses differently, most often files can be found in the central course content area in the middle of your Moodle course page. You can often find the files you need in a Section of the course page...
While not everyone can see your Moodle Profile page, your Profile settings affect your experience using Moodle, so you should review them carefully.
Edit Your Moodle Profile
Your Moodle Profile page can be viewed only by certain other individuals. For example, students cannot view each other's...
Moodle offers you a few different ways to follow the events in your Moodle courses. This article contains recommendations for the best ways to keep track of the activities and deadlines for your Moodle courses.
News Forum Announcements
Many Moodle courses use a built-in announcement tool called...
Students and instructors can create hypertext links anywhere they see an HTML Editor in Moodle. Instructors can also add a URL resource to a Moodle course page. This page explains how to create both kinds of links.
A note about tracking use of resources: Instructors can track whether URL resources...
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...
Moodle makes it easy to keep track of online discussions in your courses using email notifications when you are "subscribed" to a forum. This page shows you how to control these notifications and prevent your inbox from being flooded with too many messages.
There are two places where you need to...
I am a UMass Amherst student. Why can’t I access open.umass.edu Moodle courses from Moodle at UMass Amherst?
Although they both use Moodle for a Learning Management System, open.umass.edu is a separate Moodle installation designed for use by MOOCs, open courses, and open communities in which...
The Chat activity allows course members to hold real-time, text-based conversations with other course members. An instructor can add more than one Chat activity to a Moodle course, so be certain you enter the correct chat if there is more than one.
Join a Chat Session
To participate in a Chat...
A forum is one of the places in Moodle where your class can hold online discussions. Forums can be set up in different ways for different purposes. You can also watch a video tutorial on this topic (link at right).
Types of Forums
Forums can be set to work differently by your instructor:
Echo360 is an online learning platform that many instructors use to post recordings of in-person lectures, or to share course content for flipped or team-based learning classes. You can use Echo360 to review past lectures in preparation for an exam, view presentation slides at your own pace, or ask...
Turnitin helps instructors assess the originality of student work and ensure the proper citation of references by comparing students' electronic documents to a variety of online sources and to the Turnitin database. The software then creates an “originality report” that rates submitted assignments...
Moodle lets instructors set up an Assignment with a variety of settings. For example:
Your instructor can control whether you can make only one submission or can re-submit files, and whether you can upload files after deadlines have passed.
Some assignment types let your instructor return a...
Your instructor can deliver quizzes in Moodle using a variety of question types, including multiple choice, true-false, short answer, numeric questions and more. Quizzes may be configured in very different ways, so don't expect to always see the same thing when you take a quiz. For example, you may...
Students can copy files from Google Drive when submitting or attaching files to Moodle activities such as Assignments, Turnitin Assignments, Forums, or Databases.
Instructors can copy files from Google Drive to Moodle when adding Files or Folders, posting Assignment feedback files, attaching files...