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Tour the Moodle Learning Environment

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.

Online Course Tour

What is Moodle and how do I access it?

  1. Moodle is Cedarville's learning management system (LMS). You will log in to Moodle to access your course. This is where you will submit completed assignments, view your grades, and find the link to your course website. Course content is located at the course website. 
  2. If you are a new student, you will be able to log in to Moodle beginning about 2 weeks prior to the start date of your first course. 
  3. If you are a continuing student, you will always have access to Moodle, however, new courses will not be available in Moodle until about 2 weeks prior to the course start date.
  4. From the Cedarville Student Homepage, click on the Moodle Courses link under Quick Links. You can also access Moodle by typing in your browser.
  5. 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.
  6. Click the course name that you want to view to go to its Moodle Course Page. 

Moodle Orientation Course 

After logging in to Moodle, you should see a link to "ORNT_3001_01 Getting Started in Moodle: Orientation for Students". Carefully complete this course to learn how to use Moodle successfully. You will not receive a grade for this course. You may refer back to this course to review important processes as you are progressing through your course. 

Cedarville’s online courses are developed in the Center for Teaching and Learning to take best advantage of online learning technology and pedagogy. Courses are asynchronous, meaning that there is no set time that you will meet together with your entire class. Courses are divided into one-week units, so you can accomplish weekly requirements at your own convenience as long as you keep up with the course calendar. 

Courses are formatted into 8-week, 12-week, or 16 week periods. A three-semester-hour course that runs 12 or 16 weeks will require about 8-10 hours of study time per week. Eight-week courses will require 12-14 hours of weekly study time. Students who set aside time daily to interact with course material will experience the most success. 

There are two important but separate locations on CedarNet where you will access course material: Moodle and the course website. You will log in to Moodle first to enter your virtual classroom, and the classroom contains a link for the course website. You will submit assignments, take tests and quizzes, and interact with your peers and your professor in your Moodle classroom. The course website contains course content and assignment instructions, including the course syllabus. You 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 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.

Syllabi that can be accessed through the Course Preview link on the College Now Courses webpage are samples

Follow these steps to access the syllabus for your course each semester.

  1. Log in to Moodle from the student home page ( You may also begin by typing in your browser to access the Moodle login page.
  2. Select the name of your course. Your course will be available up to 1 week prior to the course start date.
  3. Select the course website link. You should only access the course website through your course in Moodle.
  4. Hover your mouse over the Course Menu (top of page), and a drop down box will appear with a link to the syllabus.

If due dates or deadlines on your course website or syllabus do not match what is listed in your Moodle classroom, contact your instructor to clarify.

  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 on the Course Menu) 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 program advisor with Moodle questions if you need further assistance.

If you have problems with your user name and password, call the Information Technology Help Desk at 937-766-7905 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and you will be aided in resetting your user name or password.