Student Guide to Moodle

Navigating Your Course

To open a course, click on its name. The main course contents appear on the right side of the page. The top section is the course information area, where you will likely see an Announcements link, the course syllabus and other materials posted by your instructor.

On the left side of the page are blocks labeled Administration, Navigation, etc. The Administration block provides access to your course grades. The Navigation block offers access to materials posted in the course plus a link to all of your courses. The Navigation block also provides access to a course participant list, your grades and your dashboard. The Activities block offers quick links to all of the activities and resources posted in your course. With the Quickmail block, you can send email to your instructor or classmates (all messages go to SOU email accounts). Your course will also include blocks for a course calendar, SOU Resources, upcoming events, recent announcements, etc.

Note that each page in Moodle also features a set of Quick Links at the top of the page. The Students link includes links to articles that answer the most common questions students have about Moodle as well as a link to Moodle How To's, a repository of many articles for using Moodle.

A so-called "breadcrumb trail" appears just below the quick links near the top of the Moodle page. Each time you open a new page, a link to the previous page appears on this trail.

  • Click on "Home" to return to your Moodle home page (where you land after you log in).
  • Click on the course name to return to the course home page (where you land when you first open the course).

Screenshot of course page with key points highlighted