Moodle is a learning management system (LMS) that can be used for creating course websites, online quizzes, exams and forums. Below are frequently asked questions about using Moodle. Also see:
How do I log into Moodle?
You can log into Moodle (http://go.middlebury.edu/moodle) with your Middlebury username and password.
How do I create a site in Moodle?
Course sites on Moodle @ Middlebury can be created via the CourseHub
How do I give students access to my Moodle Course Site?
When Moodle course sites are created through the Course Hub, students are automatically added as participants.
The "Assign roles" link in the administration panel of any Moodle site can be used to add additional students or staff or other instructors.
My student/s can't see my Moodle site.
By default, new Moodle sites are NOT visible to students. To make a site visible to students, go to the Administration panel (usually in the left sidebar) and chose "Settings," then follow the Availability instructions in the full Moodle Wiki Page.
You can also change the availability setting by editing the Moodle Resource in the Course Hub and updating the Available to students? option.
How do I create one Moodle site for all sections of my course?
To create one site for multiple sections of a courses, first create a Moodle site via the Course Hub for one section (see Adding a Resource to Your Course Hub Site in the CourseHub wiki page). Then add a Moodle Resource to the other sections, specifying that they connect to an existing Moodle course (type in the ID of the main Moodle site).
My student is registered for my course in Banner, but her name was not added to my Moodle site
Updates to Moodle and the course hub occur less frequently than updates to Banner. So, it might take a day for an “add” to appear in Moodle and the course hub, even though the change has appeared in Banner already.
I'd like to add someone to my Moodle site but their name isn't in the Moodle directory
Currently, the Moodle user directory does NOT have all Midd users listed yet. If a Midd user is not listed, it is because they have not yet logged into Moodle. Once they log into Moodle for the first time, their name will be added.
I have a student who is auditing my course, but s/he cannot access the Moodle course site.
Auditing a course and having access to the course site are not the same thing. Students who audit a course, must register as auditors before they can get access to the course site. Complete rules on auditing a course can be found in the College Handbook under Academics, Course Registration and Conduct of Courses | Section D. Audits. If the auditor is not a currently enrolled Middlebury student, they must get permission from both the instructor of the course and the Registrar's Office before they can be added to the auditor's list.
Once the official auditor is enrolled in Banner, the course site will be available to him/her shortly thereafter. Usually, the next day. No further action is necessary on the part of the instructor.
Manually adding participants to a Moodle site is a different thing. The technical instructions for manually adding participants to a Moodle course site can be found here. There are reasons to add non-registered participants to your course. They may be tutors, librarians or others to whom an instructor needs to provide access. However, auditors are not one of the cases. Be aware that by manually adding an auditor, you may be circumventing registration procedures as set forth in the College Handbook .
I would like to grant a guest access to view my course site, but he/she is not a Middlebury or MIIS student/faculty or staff member
At this time Moodle site access to non-Middlebury or MIIS participants (e.g. people outside of the faculty, staff, student communities of Middlebury or MIIS) must be requested by contacting the Helpdesk (email@example.com, 802.443.2200).
Class auditors should go through the normal procedure to have Banner/AD accounts created. Guest lecturers can be added directly to Moodle with assistance from a Moodle Administrator.
How will my students find my Moodle Course Site?
Students can find a link to your Moodle site in the CourseHub.
How do I know if I should use Moodle or Wordpress for my course website?
Both Moodle and WordPress can be used for creating course websites. To help you decide which you should use, see: Segue from Segue > Curricular Platforms Overview
What is the difference between Measure and Moodle?
Measure is an instance of Moodle that has been in use at Middlebury since 2007 primary for Language School placement and exit exams. Measure can also be used for creating sites that need to be accessed by people who do not have Middlebury user accounts
Another instance of Moodle (referred to as Moodle @ Middlebury) has been set up for creating sites for courses at Middlebury. This instance is only accessible to people with Middlebury user accounts.
To create a Measure site, you must make a site request. You can do this by clicking on the Request a Site at the Measure site.
I am having trouble editing/grading/viewing my Moodle site, what web browser should I use?
Updated versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari work well.