Moodle

Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment

Moodle is the official Learning Management System for Federation University Australia. It is the primary means for communicating course materials and announcements to students. Moodle access to your courses is usually available from orientation week.

Navigation

Top menu

The top menu bar of your Moodle provides access to lots of important resources.

Select Study Help to see the options available. You can get access to  academic support services through this menu, including Studiosity and appointments to see a Learning Skills Adviser.

The Student Services tab provides access to personal support, such as counselling, careers and special consideration.

The Library tab provides links to all of the research resources available through the university. The library also has study guides available.

Navigation bar

The navigation bar is usually located to the side of the content towards the top of the page. If you are using a smaller screen such as your phone it may have been moved to the bottom of the page.

Breadcrumbs

Just like Hanzel and Gretal in the fairy tale, breadcrumbs are a method of finding your way back to where you started within Moodle.

Example of Moodle Breadcrumbs to help navigation and orientation in Moodle

In the image above you can see an example of breadcrumbs.

Currently Moodle is accessing the topic ‘Finding what you are looking for in Moodle’. One step backwards is the module ‘Getting started’ and behind that the course. At any point you can click on a breadcrumb link and go directly back to that location.

Support

Moodle support

If you have managed to log in to Moodle but are having difficulties completing the task you are attempting, you can get support through here.

Your profile

Student profile

Your profile in Moodle contains a default image which will appear with every forum post that you make. Adding a photo of yourself will help you make connections with others in course forums.

Editing your profile is done in the dashboard once you have logged in to Moodle. Click on your name in the top right-hand corner and from the drop-down box select Profile.

Note: If you are currently identified as a FedUni Staff member with FedUni staff account, you cannot change your student email address in Moodle to be your FedUni staff email address. The reason for this is that as a staff member you already have a staff account in Moodle that uses this address. Moodle will not allow two different accounts to use the same email address. This is why we advise that you forward your student email to your staff account in webmail if you want to use your staff email account as your primary contact.

You will need to enter something in the mandatory fields to be able to save your changes. Mandatory fields are shown with a red asterisk next to them, such as City/ town, Select a country and Description.

Tip: in the Description field you can just enter a full stop if you don’t want to add a description of yourself. The field just requires some data.

Moodle Mobile App

FedUni has enabled the Moodle Mobile app, which has a range of features for students. It does not support all the functions you need to complete your studies, so should only be used as an aide.

You can access the mobile app from your Moodle dashboard. Once logged in to Moodle, go to Profile, and click View QR Code.

  • Scan the QR code with your mobile app
  • Select the app store suitable for your device

Recommended usage 

  • Keep up with and contribute to forum discussions in your course
  • Message other users
  • Receive alerts and reminders of important events in your course
  • Take some key learning content offline (where supported and necessary)

Only download content when connected to FedUni or other free WiFi otherwise you may incur costly data charges.

We do not recommend or support the following uses of the app:

  • Submitting assignments
  • Downloading video or other large files

Mobile Data yes or no?

If you’re worried about incurring large data costs using the Moodle Mobile app, then disable mobile data. The app will work fine if you’re connected to a wifi network such as the free Federation University wifi.

Access your classes

1. To access your courses click on the Menu Icon in the top left of the screen.

MoodleMobile_LandingPage

2. The first option in the menu is the My Courses. Clicking this will display a list of all of the courses you are enrolled in.

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3. Click on a Course title to be taken to the course page.

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When you enter a course in the app you will be shown topic 0. To navigate the course, use the menu to the left of the screen. This menu displays the topics in the course, the same as the Navigation block in Moodle on your computer.

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View notifications

From the main menu, tap Notifications.

MoodleMobile_MainMenuNotifications

All notifications will be provided in a chronological list. Tapping view on a notification will take you to that item.

MoodleMobile_NotificationsPage

Instant messaging

The app allows you to utilise the IM feature in Moodle.
From the Main menu, tap Messages.

MoodleMobile_MainMenuMessages

All messages would be listed in chronological order. Tapping on a person’s name in the list will display the conversation.

In the chat window you can reply to a message by tapping New Message and then to send the message tapping Send.

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To start a new conversation with someone tap the Contacts button.

In the Search box type the name of the person you would like to chat with.
Tap their name to open the chat window.

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Downloading resources

You have the option in the app to download resources for future viewing. If you know you will be using the app away from a WiFi network, it is advisable that you download the resources while connected to WiFi. Items that can be downloaded will have a cloud icon next to them.

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For example you may want to download a Moodle book so you can read it on the go.

1. Navigate to the course and topic that contains the item you’d like to download.

2. Tap the cloud icon to the right-hand side of the item

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3. Once the download has completed the cloud icon will disappear. This item will now be available when you are offline.

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Supported Moodle activities

A small number of Moodle activities are not supported in the Moodle app. If you attempt to use one of these, the app will push you to your device’s browser where you will be able to use the activity. This may not be the best experience and we suggest you use the desktop browser on your computer for the non-supported activities.

Supported Not Supported
Assignment Group Self Select
Chat Lesson
Choice Kaltura Video Assignment
Forum Database
Quiz Workshop
Chat
Book
Glossary
Page
External Tool (Adobe Connect)