What is Moodle?

Moodle (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic websites for their students.

Frequently Asked Question

  1. How do I log in to Moodle?
  2. Never used Moodle. What should I expect?
  3. What support is available?
  4. How will Faculty benefit by using Moodle?
  5. Will other instructional applications I use, like TurnItIn and Publisher's Course Cartridges work with Moodle?
  6. What other colleges and universities are using Moodle?
  7. How do I enroll students into my Moodle course?
  8. A student has dropped/withdrew from my course. How can I remove him/her from my enrollment list in Moodle?
  9. Some functionality of Moodle are not displaying properly on my computer. What should I do?

How do I log in to Moodle?

If this is your first time logging onto any of the College of Saint Elizabeth applications, please Setup Your CSE account. If you are a returning student, please use your CSE account login and password to access Moodle.

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Never used Moodle. What should I expect?

Most Learning Management Systems are similar in function. Many of the skills and concepts learned while using Blackboard will translate to Moodle. Some adjustments will need to be made, however, ample training and support will be made available through Academic Computing.

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What support is available?

Academic Computing is dedicated to providing Faculty, Staff and Students with excellent support through workshops, online material and one-on-one training sessions. Faculty and Staff sessions will cover many common aspects of using Moodle. Student walk-in help is provided by Academic Computing which is located in Henderson Hall. Support help by phone can be reached by calling (973) 290-4044.

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How will Faculty benefit by using Moodle?

There are many benefits to Moodle. Some benefits include:

  • Your courses will be created automatically every semester and automatically populated with students as they register.
  • You and your students will have easier access to course content. The user interface is less cumbersome and promotes accessibility.
  • Moodle offers more effective collaboration tools that are easy to use for students from various levels of technical knowledge. It will further enhance online classroom experience for everyone.
  • Ease of use: Moodle's controls and customization tools are represented on the main page of your course. Instructors can easily toggle between instructor/student view, add assignments, create quizzes, glossary etc. as they design the course without moving away from the main course page.
  • Moodle allows flexibility in displaying your course. Some of the choices are:

    • Topics format
    • Weekly format. (The course is organized week by week, with a clear start date and a finish date. Moodle will create a section for each week of your course. You can add content, forums, quizzes, and so on in the section for each week.)
    • Social Format: Course is oriented around one main discussion forum.
    • LAMS course format: The Learning Activity Management System is an open source learning management system which allows teachers to use a flash based authoring environment for developing learning sequences.
    • Sharable Content Reference Model (SCORM) format: a content packaging standard. SCORM packages are self-contained bundles of content and JavaScript activities, which can send data to Moodle about the students score and current location.

  • Extensive and up-to-date documentation: Because it is open source software, the Moodle community has helped in updating manuals, creating YouTube instructional videos, and writing useful FAQs that are publicly available on the internet. Links to these materials are placed in every tool/page/site in Moodle. Therefore, you are always only click away to documentation for specific functionality.

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Will other instructional applications Faculty use, like TurnItIn and Course Cartridges work with Moodle?

Yes. The TurnItIn module has already been installed and tested in Moodle. The functionality is similar to what is currently in Blackboard. We have contacted publishers like Pearson, McGraw Hill and Prentice-Hall. Most publishers already have course cartridges for Moodle or planning to create them. For those without compatible cartridges, they have provided hosting services for free.

In addition, Moodle is compatible with Scorm 1.2, LAMS, SecondLife and elgg.

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What other colleges and universities are using Moodle?

Currently, there are more than 500 institutions using Moodle as their Learning Management System in the United States and many more worldwide. For example, Drew University and New Jersey Institute of Technology are both using Moodle.

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How do I enroll students into my Moodle course?

Enrollments are performed nightly by Information Systems for every course offered in the current semester. Please check to make sure your class list is up-to-date in PowerCampus Self-Service. Please contact the Registrar's Office at (973)290-4441 to fix any discrepancies.

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A student has dropped/withdrew from my course. How can I remove him/her from my enrollment list in Moodle?

Please check your class list in PowerCampus Self-Service to make sure the student has officially dropped/withdrew from your course (this is done through the Registrar's Office). Information Systems will remove students from your course nightly until the end of add/drop period. Please contact Moodle Support at (973)290-4044 if the student still appears on your Moodle course after the add/drop period.

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Some functionality of Moodle are not displaying properly on my computer. What should I do?

Please use our Moodle Browser Check tool to make sure that your computer is up-to-date with the required software.

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Questions?

For more assistance, please contact Information Systems at (973) 290-4044.

Informational Links

Moodle has a very large user community and a lot of online documentation.

 

Moodle Workshops

Moodle workshops are scheduled every semester on various topics. Please view the Workshop Schedule and sign up for appropriate workshops.