If you’re new to Roehampton, then this section is for you.
It provides links to our most useful help guides, so you can get started quickly.
If you’d rather explore on your own, you can go straight to the help guide section for Moodle, Turnitin, ePortfolios, ReCap, or other systems.
If you can’t find what you need, contact us.
Firstly, what is Moodle?
- Moodle is the university’s virtual learning environment. The help guide page for Moodle explains what it is and what it can do.
Now you need to get yourself an account on Moodle:
- Your department will arrange your IT account, and then they should contact us to have a Moodle account created.
- If you know you already have a Moodle account but you’re not able to log in, first check if there’s an issue with your password or username.
- Find out the best browser and method to access Moodle.
- Your department can enrol you on the sites you need access to. See this guide for further details: Enrolment and roles on Moodle module sites.
Once you are able to log in, you can set up your preferences on the system:
- What are all these things I can see on the Moodle screen?
- Learn how to make your screen less cluttered by docking and hiding blocks.
Now you’re ready to start working on your Moodle sites:
- Many departments use a template for their sites. Please check the department specific section of the Moodle help guides to see if you have any particular styles and rules that you should follow.
- If you’re not using a template, choose the course layout that works best with the way you want to teach the course. Collapsed topics is highly recommended.
- Complete the set up of your course layout and sections, for example by editing the titles and getting them in the right order.
- You’ll notice that your Moodle site is divided into two columns. You may want to move or change the blocks on the right hand side.
- Add documents such as Word, Powerpoint or anything else for students to download.
- Add labels to your page, which help with signposting and bring some colour to your site.
- If you have articles and eBooks for students to read, don’t upload them directly into Moodle. This is almost always against copyright rules! Instead, set up a reading list or add permalinks on your page.
- Finally, don’t forget to check your site in student view.
When the term starts, these things will help you keep Moodle running smoothly for students:
- Check that your students are enrolled on the site.
- Use forums to easily communicate with your students
You will also want to set up your assessment tasks:
- Roehampton has a policy of putting all student work through the Turnitin plagiarism checking system (unless it’s impractical or impossible, in which case the department can advise).
- Moodle also has many ways to conduct formative assessment, such as quizzes.
Of course there is a lot more that you can do with Moodle. When you’re ready for more advanced things, such as adding quizzes or creating assessment tasks, browse through the rest of the Moodle help guides. You can also speak to your department’s dedicated eLearning adviser.
This video gives you a whirlwind tour of teaching with Moodle in under 5 minutes. You may like to start by watching the student video to learn about navigation and other basics. The video has no sound.
Moodle is our virtual learning environment (VLE). All university modules have a presence on Moodle. Moodle module provide online content, activities and communication tools such as lecture slides, reading lists, quizzes, and discussion forums. You will also use Moodle to submit assignments and review feedback and provisional grades online.
How do I access Moodle?
- Once you are registered and have been given your IT account login details has been set up and term has started you will be able to access your Moodle account
- Open an up-to-date web browser (e.g. Firefox or Chrome) and type moodle.roehampton.ac.uk or use the Moodle link via the student portal
- Enter your IT username (e.g. smitha) and password and click Log In
- If you’re not able to login to any of the University’s IT systems such as the Student Portal and Moodle, contact IT to check your login details. They can be contacted on 020 8392 3737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I find my modules?
Once logged in you will be directed to your Moodle Dashboard. The Dashboard shows all of the Moodle modules you are enrolled on including taught modules, department sites and support sites. If you do not have access to the modules you require please check the Can’t See Your Modules page under the Dashboard for more information.
What is on my Moodle Homepage?
Before you login to Moodle you will see the Moodle homepage, this is also available after you login via Home. This short guide will outline the different aspects of the Moodle Homepage.
How do I navigate in Moodle?
Click on the links to open new pages or files. You can use the menus at the top of the page to navigate to difference sections of Moodle, such as your modules or Moodle Help guides.
How are my module pages organised?
Your modules will usually be split into two columns with the main column offering resources and activities within sections organised either by topic or week. You may need to click on each section title/header to view the information within that section. Once in a module you will also find a This Course menu which provides quick links to all activity and resource types.
(This video gives you a quick tour of Moodle. It has no sound.)
Administrative Staff Guide
If you are new to Moodle, the videos in the staff and student sections above may be useful for you.
Modules, programmes and codes:
- We need to be informed about changes to module codes before the start of each term
- Meta sites are Moodle sites which combine enrolment from multiple codes. We also need to know about changes to these arrangements
- Every department has its own system for programme and department sites. Your eLearning Adviser is the person to talk to if you need help developing these pages
Enrolment of staff and students:
- Enrolment and roles guide covers everything you need to know about enrolment
- Although admins have the power to enrol students manually, you should only do so as a last resort (for example if the student needs to submit an assignment that day). It is always better to sort out their enrolment and get to the bottom of their Moodle access problems
- IT now tells us when there is a new staff network account, and we create the Moodle account. You can enrol staff without having to ask us
- External examiners (guide coming soon)
Communication and monitoring:
- Every module should have an announcements forum for emailing students. On most programme sites, you can also communicate with an entire year group Your eLearning Adviser will be able to check how your programme site works.
- You can switch your role to a student if you want to see things as they do
- To find out how students use Moodle, look at the various reports available. The logs are especially helpful if a student is claiming mitigating circumstances for technical problems. Ask us for help if you aren’t sure how to interpret the logs
- The choice tool is a good way to collect data from students, rather than using email (guide coming soon)
Turnitin and assessment:
- How to submit to Turnitin from a student point of view. This link also explains how students can access the test site
- What does Pending mean? You may come across this when looking at students’ work in Turnitin
- The most common errors that students get from Turnitin are to do with file type, file size, word and character limits, and submitting the assignment to the wrong place
- They also may say they were unable to see the submit paper icon. If there is a problem with due dates or inbox settings, it is more effective to send the student to the lecturer rather than Moodle support, as we can’t change settings without their approval anyway
- How to download a gradesheet (guide coming soon)
- The help guides cover all aspects of Moodle and Turnitin. If you can’t find an answer to your question, let us know and we can produce a guide
- Contact us using the red question mark in the bottom right corner of every page on Moodle and other eLearning systems, or using the details on the contact us page
External Examiner Guide
Firstly, what is Moodle?
- Moodle is our virtual learning environment (VLE). Moodle provides a space where lecturers and students can communicate with each other online. All university courses have a presence on Moodle. A typical course will contain resources, interactive activities and communication tools. It is where students will submit their assignments.
Your Moodle account:
- The academic office will have contacted the eLearning team to request that your Moodle account be created. You should then have been sent your login details in a welcome email.
- Open an up-to-date web browser (e.g. Firefox or Chrome) and type moodle.roehampton.ac.uk or use the Moodle link via the website
- In the top right corner enter your username (e.g. ann.smith) and password and click Log In. You will be prompted to change your password for security reasons.
- If you’re not able to login contact the Moodle helpdesk on 020 8392 5006 or email@example.com
- Your department office will enrol you on the sites you need access to
Now you’re ready to view the Moodle sites/modules:
- Once logged in you will be directed to your Moodle Dashboard where you can find all of the Moodle modules you are enrolled on
- If you do not have access to the modules you require please contact your department administrator or programme convenor. This is your primary contact for questions about content on Moodle
Navigating Moodle modules
Different programmes use Moodle in different ways and to varying degrees. Programme adminstrators will be able to provide a more detailed introduction to their own Moodle pages. Please request instruction from your programme admin if you have not yet received it.
- For some programmes there have been specific external examiner modules set up to provide with you with information about Moodle modules, sometimes these will also have direct links to the assessments that you require access to. These will be available from the dashboard when you login. Examples below
- For other programmes you may need to navigate to different modules from the dashboard
- Please check the instructions sent to you by the programme office. In most standard Moodle modules you can find assignments in the modules in the assessment sections or via ‘This course’ menu and select the relevant assignments. In most cases it will be a Turnitin assignment (as below)
- Once you are on the assignments page click on each of the assignment titles to view the work. For further instructions on viewing work click here.
In a very few cases you may be asked to view ePortfolio (blog) assessments depending on the department. For guidance on how to access there please click here and look under ‘Access and advice for External Examiners and other markers’