Step 3: Tour the Moodle Learning Environment

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Cedarville’s online courses are designed to help students engage with rich content in order to master specific learning objectives. The focus is on active student learning. Learning activities such as audio and video content, peer-to-peer interaction, self-directed assignments and group work along with professor mentoring and feedback is delivered through a web-based learning management system called Moodle.

  1. From the Cedarville Student Homepage, click on the Moodle Courses link under Quick Links.
  2. On the Moodle login page, enter your Cedarville login name and password to access your courses. After you log in, you will see a list of your current and past courses.
  3. Click the course name that you want to view to go to its Moodle Course Page. 

Cedarville’s online courses are asynchronous, meaning that there is no set time you will meet altogether with your class online. Courses are divided into one-week units, and students can accomplish weekly requirements at their own convenience. Students who set aside time daily to interact with course material will experience the most success. A three-semester-hour course that spans the entire semester should require about 8-10 hours of study time per week. Eight-week courses will require 12-14 hours of weekly study time. 

Online courses at Cedarville use Moodle and a course website.  Students submit their assignments in Moodle for the course professor to review and assess.  The course website provides students with access to the course content and assignment instructions, including the course syllabus.  Students can only access the course website through Moodle.

On the main course page, all Moodle courses have a welcome box at the top of the page where you will find basic class information, your professor’s information, and the link to the course website.

Below the welcome box you will see the layout of every week/unit and the assignments that you will need to complete for each week/unit.

To access your Moodle profile, click on My Profile in the blue menu bar at the top of the screen, and you can check on your grades by clicking on Grades under Settings on the right.

The official course syllabus will be available on the course website before the official course start date. Courses are structured into 8-week, 12-week, and 16-week calendars. See your course schedule in CedarInfo for exact beginning and ending dates.

Even though course materials are listed in the syllabus, read carefully Step 5 Textbooks before ordering books and supplies. 

Contact information for your professor will be listed in the syllabus.

  1. From the Moodle Course Page for your class, click on the quiz you want to take.
  2. Click on Attempt Quiz Now.
  3. If prompted, accept the time limit for the quiz, and then click Start Attempt.
  4. Select the answers to the questions to complete the quiz. If you are unsure of a question, click on Flag Question in the dark blue question label box to alert your professor.
  5. Click Next when you are done answering the questions.
  6. When you are completely finished with the quiz, click Submit All and Finish. Moodle will warn you that you will not be able to change your answers after submitting your quiz. Click Submit All and Finish again. Depending on the settings your professor has assigned to the quiz, you may have a chance to review the quiz that you submitted, or you may be taken straight to the Quiz Summary page

When you are finished with an assignment, submit it to your professor through Moodle.

On the Course Page, click on the assignment you want to submit. Depending on the type of assignment, you may need to type in text or upload a file.

  1. If you are entering a text submission, enter your assignment text and click Save Changes. Click Submit. **It is a good idea to first type your answer in a Word document and save it, then copy and paste your answer into Moodle. In the unlikely event that your submission disappears when you click Submit, you have your answer to copy and paste again.

  2. If you are uploading a file, click Upload a File, and then click Choose File. Select your file from the list and click Save Changes. For some assignments, you will need to click Submit a final time.

In some of your courses, you may be required to participate in discussions in Moodle. To post to a discussion:

  1. From the Course Page, click on the discussion you want to post to.
  2. Click on Add a New Discussion Topic.
  3. Enter you post; make sure to include a subject as well as the message.
  4. Click Post to Forum.

To read a post from a classmate or your professor:

  1. From the Course Page, click on the appropriate discussion.
  2. From the displayed table, click on the name of the discussion that you would like to read.
  3. After reading the post, click Reply to post a comment to the discussion. 

One week:

  1. Verify your Moodle access by logging in to Moodle.
  2. After logging in to Moodle, complete or review the course Getting Started in Moodle: Orientation for Students.
  3. Complete any introductory activities outlined for the course.
  4. Check your Cedarville University Google email account (cedarville.edu/google) daily from this point through the end of your course. 
  5. Watch for a welcome email from your professor.

Course Start Date:

  1. Access Moodle and select your course from the course list.
  2. Once in your virtual classroom in Moodle, access the course website and review the following: course syllabus (near the top of the page) and assignments (on the assignment tab in the syllabus).
  3. Complete any introductory activities outlined for the course.
  4. Log in to Moodle daily from this point forward to complete assignments and check for messages from your peers and messages or announcements from your professors. 

Cedarville Information Technology has compiled an extensive set of resources and tutorials for students on how to use Moodle. They are located here in the computer help pages. You can also always contact your professor or advisor with Moodle questions if you need further assistance.