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User guide to Moodle

This is a user guide for ECPR Moodle, it contains guides on how to do manyof the main functions on Moodle, such as navigation and uploading a document.

Site: ECPR Moodle
Course: ECPR Moodle
Book: User guide to Moodle
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Date: Friday, 22 June 2018, 8:41 PM


This guide is designed to teach you some Moodle basics. Like most websites Moodle should work on all major web browsers. The appearance of Moodle will vary depending on how you are accessing it so your screen might not match the included screenshots. If this is the case please take the time to navigate around Moodle as everything should still be available.

This guide can be read online through Moodle itself (located on the home page of Moodle, down the right hand side), or downloaded as a PDF document.

If you have trouble with anything not covered in this guide you can either look online for help, use the Help forum to ask a question, or you can email us at:


Important note regarding copyright material:

We wish that we could use Moodle to distribute copyrighted texts electronically, but due to copyright laws we are prevented from doing so. Therefore, ECPR takes no responsibility for the content of material uploaded onto Moodle for the Methods School event and remains the sole responsibility of the up loader of this information.  No copyright material or literature will be photocopied or reproduced by ECPR or Host University.


Using Moodle Books

A book is a collection of pages organised in a linear format, much like a physical book.

  • Open the book by clicking on the relevant book item.


  • You can use the arrows to navigate one page either direction at a time or you can use the ‘Table of contents’ to navigate to the place you want to.
  • At the end of the book you can use one of the buttons to exit it.

Navigating Moodle

Moodle has a feature which allows you to quickly Navigate back through areas.

  • Once you are within a topic or a page, a navigation bar shows the levels you are into the website. For example the below image, shows you that you are within the Demo Course, looking at the Demo Page within the topic Editing Topics.


  • Click on the section you wish to navigate back to, for example clicking ‘Demo’ will move you back to the Demo course.


  • If you can see the ‘ECPR’ logo, clicking it will take you to the Moodle homepage.

Docking Menus

With Moodle you can ‘dock’ menus to stay down the left hand side of the screen as a menu button.

  • Click on the circled icon for the panel you wish to dock.


  • This will dock the item on the left hand side. To access it, click the button to see the menu. Click the button circled to detach the panel from the side.

Updating your account

  • Click on your name in the top right of the screen when you are logged in:


  • You will then be taken to your profile page. To edit your profile click on the ‘Edit profile’ link, located on the right hand side of the page under ‘Settings


  • This will bring up the edit profile page. Here you can change your personal details, email settings and upload a picture. Remember to press the update profile button when you are done to save your changes.

Resetting your password

Should you forget your password to Moodle, you can reset your password.

  • Click the ‘Login’ button located top right of the page, then click ‘Forgotten your username or password’ which can be found in the middle towards the bottom of the page.

  • Once there, put the email address or username of your account into the relevant section, clicking ‘Search’ will send an email address to the account, provided the account is registered with the system.

Emails can take up to 15 minutes to be sent out. If you have waited 15 minutes and the email still hasn’t arrived, check your junk and spam folders before trying again and double check your email address or username is correctly typed in.

If you are still having problems then please email for further help.

Viewing course content

  • Login to Moodle. After logging in on the Moodle homepage you will be shown the courses you are currently enrolled on. Click on a course to enter it.
  • This will take you to the course screen. The course screen shows all the content that your instructor has uploaded for you. This will vary between courses. Typically the content can be things like reading material, assignments and documents. The course might also have things like a forum or quiz’s for you to use or do.


  • The demo course has things like assignments, lessons and a forum on it.

Hiding Topics

Moodle allows you to hide all but a selected Topic. This is useful if a topic is large and you want to have the most amount of screen space dedicated to it.

  • Click on the button circled below for the topic that you want to keep displayed. For example if I wanted to keep topic 2 displayed, I would click on the button to the right of the topic.


  • This will then stop all the other topics from being displayed.


  • You can change the displayed topic by using the dropdown box at the bottom of the page to pick a different topic to view.


  • You can view all of the topics again by selecting the button to the right of the shown topic.

Uploading Files

You course might require you to upload files for an assignment. If this is the case you will be able to navigate to the assignment and upload files for it inside your Moodle course.  Please note some devices (e.g. iPad/iPhone) have reduced functionality and might not be able to upload files. This is a problem with the device not Moodle.

  • Open your course as described earlier and click on the assignment you wish to submit files for. You should be presented with something similar to the following screen. Click ‘Upload a file’ to open the upload files screen (this screen may vary depending on the rules the instructor has put in place for the assignment).


  • Click ‘Choose a file’ (If that button isn’t there, click ‘Add’ instead), or Drag and drop the file you wish to upload into the indicated area.


  • Click ‘Upload a file’ on the left hand side and then ‘Choose file’ (The button may say ‘Browse’) to find the file on your local machine. It is not necessary to add anything to the ‘Save as’ area.


  • Click ‘Upload this file’ once you have selected the file you wish to add. Then, click ‘Save changes’ on the next screen.


  • The file will then be added to the Moodle assignment. If you are still within the assignments time constraints you can update the file by clicking ‘Update this file’ on the assignment page. Depending on how the course is configured you may be able to add multiple files. Some courses take submitted documents and allow them to be immediately graded, others you have to submit for marking, which you can do by clicking the ‘Send for marking’ button.
  • Clicking the file that you have uploaded will give you the option to download the file again, rename it, move it or delete it.

Once you have sent your files for marking you cannot change them! Please insure you are happy with them before submitting them for marking!

Messaging a Member of your course

Moodle allows participants to contact each other using its internal messaging system.

  • To message fellow participants, go to your course page, which can be found on the Moodle home page.
  • Down the right hand side of the page there will be a ‘Participants’ menu item.


  • Click ‘Participants’. This will take you to a list of participants enrolled on the course.


  • Click the name of the participant you wish to message, this will bring up their contact information.


  • Click ‘Send a message
  • Type the message you wish to send to the selected user and finished by clicking ‘Send Message'

Viewing your messages

You can access your messages at any time in Moodle

  • Click on ‘Messages’ under ‘My Profile’ in the Navigation pane.


  • On the messages page, use the drop down menu on the left to select the type of messages you want to view.


  • To see recent messages for example select ‘Recent Conversations’ from the drop down menu.

Adding a discussion topic to a forum

With forums you can read, post and reply to discussion topics and replies. Some courses may have a forum, others will not, it depends on whether the Instructor wishes there to be one or not.

  • To start a new discussion topic, click on the forum you want to start a discussion topic in.
  • Click the ‘Add new discussion topic’ button located after the description of the forum but before any currently posted topics

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  • Add a subject and a description of the thing you wish to discuss. Try and include as much information as possible. Within the message area you can add pictures, tables and format the text to your liking.


  • For the subscription option, you can choose whether to receive emails of your post and any replies to your discussion topic.
  • Click ‘Post to forum’ when you are finished.

Self enrolling on a course

If you want to, it is possible to self enroll yourself on the social course.

  • Make sure you are logged in by looking in the top right of the screen.
  • Click on the 'All Courses' button at the bottom right of your enrolled courses.

  • The Social Course is under the 'Miscellaneous' course category. click on the 'Social Events' course. This should automatically take you to the enrollment screen.


  • Once there you should have the option to enroll yourself. Simply clicking the button will enroll you on the course.

If you can't enrol yourself on the social course, please contact the Moodle Admin at:

Useful Links

Below are some useful links if you would like more help with Moodle and Links to other usefull sites.

The following links lead to external sites, which are beyond ECPRs control.