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Using Moodle

  1. Moodle Orientation for Students (Link to AU Site)
  2. Access to Moodle
  3. Changing Profiles
  4. Using Forums
  5. Using the Study Guide
  6. Assignments and Quizzes
  7. Using Marginalia
  8. Access After Course End Date

Access to Moodle

All SCIS courses are delivered through Moodle. You can login to Moodle directly, through myAU (preferred method), or from the SCIS Direct Course Access link

Important: Although you will have early access to your courses through Moodle, you will not be able to post to the forums or submit assignments and quizzes until your actual course start date.


Changing Profiles

Select 'Edit Profile' from the Control Panel in the left column. You can change any of the information in your profile other than your first and last name. Take note of the AU's privacy policy regarding your personal information. You can choose to display and/or enable your email address. You have some options for forums such as choosing to track forums postings, using the HTML editor or standard forums editor, subscribing to posted forums, and receiving emailed forum postings as individual or in digest method.


There are also some optional items that you may include in your profile such as your photo, your Web page, and other contact items. Note that only other students registered in the same courses as you can view your profile. Your profile remains the same in all courses that you are enrolled in.

Using the Forum

Adding a Post
When you create a new discussion topic, or reply to a topic you have an HTML editor to create your post in. For more information on using this editor, select the "About the HTML editor" link (or the blue icon next to it). After you have added your post, you will have 30 minutes to delete or edit that post. After that time, the post is emailed to subscribed users.


Subscribing and Tracking
You may subscribe to a forum or select tracking by clicking the link at the top of each forum, or by selecting 'Forums' from the left column and choosing subscribe or track from the list of forums. Note that if you are subscribed to a forum, you receive the email and the posts are considered 'read'. If you prefer to see the tracking of unread posts when you login to Moodle, do not subscribe to the forums.

Using the Study Guide

The Moodle Weekly or Topics outline provides a study plan for your course, and links to the units or sections of the Study Guide. When you are viewing the Study Guide online, you can follow the individual links to the Study Guide objectives or activities, or you can select the printer icon in the upper right corner and view the entire unit or section on one page. You also have the option of downloading the Study Guide in a printable HTML format, or viewing it as one PDF file.

Assignments and Quizzes

Assignments are now submitted through the upload feature at the bottom of each assignment page. You can attach multiple files, as well as delete or overwrite uploaded files. Before you proceed to the next step, which is to submit the assignment, make sure you have completed uploading all files and all edits are done. Once you hit the 'Send for marking' button, you will no longer be able to add, delete, or edit your assignment files. However, you will be able to make a request to your tutor to have your assignment returned, which returns it to the draft status. You can also add and edit notes with your assignment submission.

The assignment settings may be set to enable automatic file-naming. If this is the case, when your assignment is uploaded, it is renamed by the program to student name, student ID#, assignment name, and the actual file name. The file type extension remains the same. For example, a file called comp605.pdf would be renamed to John_Smith_9111111_TME_1_comp605.pdf


All SCIS quizzes are set to mark on the first attempt, but allow unlimited future attempts for studying purposes. You can access the quizzes as many times as you like before you submit. You can also exit and save without submitting the quiz. There are no time limits on any of the SCIS quizzes. Once you have submitted the quiz the first time, though, the mark from this submission will be the mark that is submitted.

Using Marginalia

Marginalia is a web annotation system which is integrated with Moodle Discussion Forum. This documentation explains how to use it.

Access After Course End Date

Graduate students will have access to their active courses in Moodle until the course end date. After this, the course will be archived and you will be able to continue to access the archived version for a minimum of 2 years. You can login directly to the main Moodle page to access archived courses:

Undergraduate students will continue to have access to their active courses for four (4) months after the course end date. However, you will not be able to post to the forums or submit assignments.


This interface should be fairly easy to use, but if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the SCIS technical team. Improvements and updates to Moodle are being done on a continuing basis.

Updated January 07 2014 by FST Technical Staff

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