These are just the basics on common tasks that as a faculty member you may want to do in Moodle:


Log in to Moodle  (Want to see a video of this procedure? Click here!)

1. Open up Google Chrome on your computer.  (While other browsers may work, Chrome and Firefox are the only two that are recommended. Chrome can be downloaded from www.google.com/chrome)

2. Browse to https://www.lsus.edu

3. Click on the Quick Links drop down and choose Moodle

4. On the Moodle splash page, click "Click Here to Proceed to Moodle"

5. You are now at Moodle!  (A shortcut for the future is just to browse to https://moodle.lsus.edu but many forget this page and so we train starting at LSUS' webpage.)

6. Click the "Log In" link in the upper right hand corner

7. Enter your LSUS standard username and password and click Log In. (These are the same username and password you use for email.)

8. You should now be logged in and see your name in the upper right hand corner.  (Not seeing this? Reach out to https://helpdesk.lsus.edu)


Finding Your Course(s) and Navigating Between Them

1. Log in to Moodle

2. You should see courses which are current in the left hand navigation drawer in the yellow My Courses area.  Please note that only "current" courses are listed here.  If your course has not yet

begun meeting, it is possible that Moodle still has it denoted as a "Future" class.  Maybe you want to see a "Past" course to reference a document you used previously.

3. "Past" and "Future" courses can only be seen by clicking on the Dashboard link in the left hand navigation drawer.

4.  Click that Dashboard link and you will see a new page with a drop down filter that can be changed from Past to InProgress or Future.

5. To get back to the initial screen, you can press the "Home"


(Hidden Navigation and the Hamburger Menu)


Preparing a Course for Editing

1. Log in to Moodle

2. Find Your Course that you wish to work with

3. In the course banner of each course, you should see a purple cog on the right hand side.  This cog allows you access to course wide settings and setup.

4. Click this cog and choose "Turn Editing On"

5.  You screen should have subtly changed and you will see Movement Arrows in front of items and Edit drop downs behind them.


Send an Announcement to All Of Your Students

1. Log in to Moodle

2. Find Your Course that you wish to work with

3. Every Course by default has a very special forum in it called "Announcements".  It is special in that only a teacher can post to it (So don't use it for conversing with students.).  Anything posted to it is also emailed to every student's LSUS email account.  Use this forum for class announcements that you need everyone to be aware of.

4. Click on he "Announcements" link

5. Click the "Add a New Topic" button

6. Both a subject and a message are required.  Moodle will pre-pend the course name to the Subject in the students email, so you don't need to list your course name.  

7.  Click "Post to Forum"

8. Your message should be visible now in the announcements and it will be on its way to student's email within roughly 10 minutes.


Add your Syllabus to your Course

1. Log in to Moodle

2. Find Your Course that you wish to work with

3. Make Sure that you have prepared the course for Editing

4. Click the "Add an activity or resource" link

5. You will be provided with a menu of choices of things you can add.  Moodle divides your choices into Activities (items that a student will respond or submit something to) and Resources (items a student will read, watch, or listen to.)

6. Since we want to upload a Syllabus, we want to work with a File Resource. Scroll down a bit and you will see under resources the File resource. Click the circle in front of File and hit "Add".

7. You are now on the Adding a New File page.  

8.  Give your file a title.  Note this does NOT have to be the name of the file.  You could use something like "ENGL 105 Syllabus" or "Read This File Before Answering the Forum on Shakespeare's The Tempest"

9.  There is an area for a Description.  You can leave this blank. Moodle likes to give you ALL the possible options it can be.  This bogs down some new folks and even long term folks because their can be SO MANY OPTIONS. My recommendation is to look for the ones with the red circle/exclamation in front of them.  These are the only ones you really have to have.

10.  In the file area, you need to either drag and drop a file on the Blue arrow, or you can click the icon in the upper left of the yellow area that looks like a piece of paper to begin the file uploading process.

11.  If you opted to click the piece of paper, you will see a File Picker and it should be on the Upload a File tab.  Click "Choose File" and find the file on your hard drive.  (Click here if you need help finding the file.)

12.  Then click "Upload this file"

13.  You screen should update and you should see the file in the yellow file area.

14.  Now just click "Save and Return to Course".  Yes there are a ton of other options, but just skip those for right now.

15.  Back on the course main page you should see your file link!


Navigating Within a Course

1.  We talked earlier about use the left navigation drawer to get to your course.  But when you are going to pages within your course, the best and easiest way to do this is by using the breadcrumbs along the bottom of the course banner.  They are called breadcrumbs as a nod to the old fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel needing a way to find their way back out of the forest.  And similarly, they help you find your way back to the main course page.


Seeing Your Roster in Moodle

1. Log in to Moodle

2. Find Your Course that you wish to work with

3. Look in the left navigation tray and you will see right under the name of your course a link that says "Participants". Click this link.

4. On the participants page you can see all those in the class, yourself and your students.


Adding a Helper (or a Missing Student)

Sometimes you need a little bit of help!  IT Services and Online Learning can already access your course if you request, but if you want to add a fellow teacher into your class to give you a hand, there is a way to do that!

1. Log in to Moodle

2. Find Your Course that you wish to work with

3. Look in the left navigation tray and you will see right under the name of your course a link that says "Participants". Click this link.

4. On the participants page you can see all those in the class, yourself and your students.  On the left is an "Enroll Users" button, click this button.

5. A Enroll Users dialog pops up.  You will need to first type the name of the person you want to add in the Select Users search box.  The more of the name you type the more it will try and filter down to who you are looking for.  Note that students will have a student ID behind their name and employees will have their LSUS username behind them.  When you see the person you want, click on their name.  You should see the name move ABOVE the search box and have a purple background.  Once that is done, click away from the drop down with names.

6.  You can skip the area on cohorts.

7.  In the "Assign role", you want to carefully choose either student, teacher, or non-editing teacher.  Make sure you don't give a student the teacher role as that will give them the ability to do anything within your class.

8.  Click on the "Enroll selected users and cohorts" button

9.  You should now see the new user listed on your participants page.


Adding a Discussion Forum

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Adding an Assignment

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