We have developed this page to show how Moodle works and how to use some of its basic features. Any software looks complicated and difficult the first time you use it, but if you become familiar with it, step by step, it can be a powerful and flexible way to learn and to express your learning. These tutorials are designed to help you, whether you are taking a Wilmette Institute course for the first time or have previously taken another course.
NB: This page is for learners who are already registered in a Wilmette Institute course. For more general information on the Wilmette Institute, including how to register for a course, please see FAQs About the Wilmette Institute and its Online Courses.
4. Logging in to Your Course, and Navigating in Moodle
You will have access to your course the same day that you register. You can practice logging in at any time. However, as updates may be made to the course content, we recommend that you not download any readings or undertake any assignments more than 24 hours before the course begins. Please do NOT post anything to the website until the course has begun. You will receive a “welcome to the course” message announcing its launch.
The following video tutorials will be helpful to you if you have never taken a Wilmette Institute course, or if your last course ended more than 12 months ago.
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5. Creating your Personal Learning Plan
At the beginning of almost every course, you are asked to create a Personal Learning Plan or PLP. Your PLP can be very simple, and is also very important because it defines what you will actually do as an outcome of the course: whether you will create a presentation, host a devotional, undertake an artistic project, a research paper, or something else. It also helps your mentor to advise you. Please visit this page for more details, and instructions: How to Create a Personal Learning Plan.
6. Tips for Making the Most out of Moodle
The Moodle course management platform is constantly being updated. If you have questions, the answer may well be on our Moodle FAQs page. Below are some additional tips and resources to assist you. We are continually adding to this list. If you have a question that is not answered here, or on Moodle FAQs, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilmette Institute Tutorials and Videos
Subscribing to Course Forums
Tips on How to Read Texts
Video: How to Find People and Send Messages
Video: How to Make Clickable Links and Insert Pictures in Forum Posts [See also printable PDF Instructions]
How-To Videos (miscellaneous)
How to Copy and Paste Text Using Keyboard Shortcuts
(i.e. how to use Ctrl C and Ctrl V, produced by eHow Tech)
Moodle Messages and Notifications (produced by Moodle)
Printing in Acrobat-Resizing or Scaling (produced by Acrobat)