General Course Information for Students

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This book resource contains information on locating your courses in Moodle, customizing course lists, submitting assignments, posting to discussion forums, and locating grades. There are also some general course information items.

Time Management for Online Learning

Please review the following video concerning how best to manage time when taking online courses: 

Tips and Strategies for Online Learning

Time management can be one of the biggest struggles students face when taking online courses.  These resources provide excellent tips and strategies for learning online.

The following two articles provide great suggestions and tips for online learners:

4 Time Management Tips for Online Students

 Time Management for Online Learners

The following infographic offers 9 great ideas to keep students on track when learning online:

9 ideas to keep students on schedule when learning online: create a to-do list, prioritize, write a journal, plan your day, ask for help, schedule interruptions, say no more often, block distractions, honor commitments

Recommended Technology for Students in MNU Courses and Programs

Computer Hardware

To participate successfully in courses in the various MNU programs, (and particularly for all online courses and programs) all students must have individual access to a personal computer of one of the following types (Recommended: no more than three years old):

1.   Microsoft Windows:

    • Windows personal computer (desktop OK, laptop recommended), with the Windows 10 or newer Windows operating system, or a Windows 10 tablet computer (e.g., Microsoft Surface) or newer.
    • NOTE: Windows Smartphones are NOT sufficient technologies by themselves.

2.   Apple:

    • Mac (desktop OK, laptop recommended), with the Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) or newer Mac operating system
    • NOTE: Apple tablets (e.g., iPads) and Apple smartphones (e.g., iPhones) may be handy to have for some courses and activities, but they are NOT sufficient technology by themselves.

3.  Others:

    • No other devices are supported or recommended for MNU online courses and programs
    • Android devices (tablets and smartphones) WILL NOT work for some critical functions.
    • Chromebooks and other Netbook computers MAY NOT work for some features and functions, and therefore are not recommended.

4.    Recommended Extras:

    • Webcam, for creating presentations for assignments
    • Multimedia headset (microphone and headphones) for creating presentations for assignments and for participating in online real-time conferences. A USB or Bluetooth mic/headset is recommended for better audio quality than using the built-in mic on your computer or tablet.


At least one week prior to the first session of your course or program, you must be sure your computer has current versions of the following software that may not have been initially installed on it:

  1. Web Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, or Microsoft Edge web browsers are recommended for most MNU online activities. It is recommended you install at least two of these. (download the newest Microsoft Edge built from the Chromium engine). Note that the Safari web browser is not compatible with all MNU resources. 
  2. Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Download at:
  3. Microsoft Office 2016 or Microsoft 365, or a later version.
    All MNU students may download the full Microsoft Office Pro product for free from the MNU portal once they have their student login ID and password.

Internet Access

You must have reliable access to the Internet. At least 1 Mbps bandwidth is recommended.
Dial-up and satellite-TV Internet connections are NOT recommended.


If you have any particular questions about technology in your program, please contact your program advisor.

Where do I find my Courses?

You have several options for finding your courses in Moodle.

1. Use the Moodle Dashboard located on the Moodle homepage.

Moodle Dashboard

When you click on the Dashboard, you will be able to access the "Course Overview" which will organize your classes in the following categories: " All, In Progress, Future, Past, Starred, or Hidden".  Using the drop-down menu, you can select which list will populate.  

Sort Courses

2. Use the "Course Overview" to sort for your courses by name or access.

Using the drop-down menu, you can select to populate course courses from most recently accessed to last, or you can list your courses, by name, in alphabetical order. 


3.  Search for your courses directly using the "Search Courses" box on the Moodle homepage.

To search for courses, you will need to include course catalog number and the course reference number or CRN  and click “Go”.  

Search Courses

Why can't I see my courses in the Course Overview block list or in the Dashboard?

Two possible reasons.

  1. You have not registered or have been enrolled in the course.
  2. The instructor has not made the course available to the students yet.

How can I customize my Course lists? (students)

Students and faculty have the ability to customize their course list by "Starring" and "Hiding" courses in the Course Dashboard.

To "Star" or "Hide" a course, select the drop-down menu to the right of the course name and select your preference: 

Star and Hide Courses

How do I submit an assignment in Moodle?

In order to submit an assignment in Moodle, you will need to click on the assignment you wish to submit. 

Click on Assignment

Once you click on the assignment, you will need to "Add Submission". 

Add Submission

Next, you will need to select the appropriate file you wish to submit. 

Choose File

Once you select the appropriate file, you will need to "Upload the File". 

Upload a File

Once the file has been loaded, click "Save Changes".

Save Changes

Finally, you will need to confirm that your assignment has been submitted properly.  

Confirm Submission

How do I participate in a discussion forum?

In many of your courses you will be asked to share your thoughts and/or information in a discussion forum.  A forum is a way for the students and instructor to interact.  Some forums may be used as a simple question-and-answer sessions between the instructor and students.  Other forums may be used as graded assignments.  Your instructor will provide information about the forum requirements and expectations in the course.  

In order to participate and post in a discussion forum, you will begin by selecting the appropriate forum in your Moodle classroom. 

Select Forum

Next, you will post and participate in one of two ways (depending on the instructions provided by your instructor). 

1. Add a new discussion topic: 

Add a new discussion topic

2. Reply to a thread: 

Reply to thread

After you select either reply or create new, you will need to type your post. 

type your message

After you are satisfied with your message, you will scroll to the bottom of the page to post your message.

Scroll to Post Message

Finally, you will confirm the status of your discussion post by receiving confirmation. 


How to properly cite a research article in a Discussion Forum

Your professor may ask you to include references and/or links to actual research articles. Please check with your instructor on what needs to be cited.

Note: In the text editor box, you cannot use strict APA formatting for references (formatting such as hanging indents). You should, however, type your reference in the APA style. Look at the example below:

O’Neil, C. A., Fisher, C. A., & Rietschel, M. J. (2014). Developing online learning environments in nursing education (3rd ed.). New York, NY.  Springer Publishing Company, LLC.

Notice that there are no hanging indents in this reference, but it is typed as an APA reference should be typed.

Your professor may ask you to submit a journal article to post in a Discussion Forum. If that is the case, please do not attempt to download the actual article from the database (such as EBSCO Host). So that everything stays within the boundaries of copyright and generally make everything easier for everyone, it is better to post a Permalink to the Discussion Forum. Click on the link below for instructions on how to properly cite a research article in a Discussion Forum.

How to properly cite a research article in a Discussion Forum

How do I take a quiz in Moodle?

  • Click on the quiz link on the course homepage and read the information to check you're in the right quiz.
  • Click on "Attempt quiz now" button.
  • Click on the "Next" button at the bottom of the page to see the next page of questions
  • Click on the "flag" in the box next to the question to put a temporary marker on it


  • Notice the Quiz navigation block. You can use it to jump to any question.

quiz navigation.png

    • A flagged question is shown with a red triangle at the top right
    • Questions on the current page are shown with a thicker border
    • After viewing a description, it is shown with the bottom half grey
    • After saving an essay question, it is shown with the bottom half grey
    • A dependent question is shown in grey with a padlock icon
  • To finish the exam,click "Finish attempt" in the navigation block of "Next" on the last page of the exam.
  • The "Summary of attempt" page - reviews the questions and alerts you to questions not attempted.


  • Click on any question page number or "Return to attempt" to go back to the quiz.
  • Click on "Submit all and finish" to have your quiz scored. A warning will pop up telling you you can no longer change your answers.

If Moodle detects that the student's Internet connection has dropped, and the Quiz autosave feature is enabled, a warning message is displayed, prompting the student to make a note of recent responses.

Disconnection warning

Quiz autosave is enabled by default, with the default time period set to 2 minutes. This autosave period can be changed, or the setting disabled completely, from Site administration>Plugins>Activity modules>Quiz>Autosave period.

How to review a quiz

  • In the quiz navigation block
    • A correct answer is shown with the bottom half green with a white tick
    • A partially correct answer is shown with the bottom half orange with a white circle in it
    • A wrong answer is shown with the bottom half red
    • An essay question (requiring manual marking) is shown with the bottom half grey
    • A flagged question is shown with a red triangle at the top right

quiz navigation review.png

  • In the questions themselves, correct answers will be in green with a check mark next to it. Incorrect answers will be in red with a cross next to it.
  • According to your teacher's settings, you might get general feedback, specific feedback on each question and/or overall feedback on your final score.
  • Although the quiz may have been split into multiple pages, the review will show all the questions on a single page to make it easier to navigate. You can chose to review the quiz with separate pages as it was when you took the quiz.

Where do I find my grades for a course?

There are two ways to locate your grades in Moodle: 

1.  Click on the down arrow next to your name in the upper right corner of your Moodle page.

profile name

Click on "Grades"


You will see a complete list of the courses in which you are enrolled and a grade for the course. Clicking on the course hyperlink will give you a more detailed listing of your scores within that course.


2.  Locate individual course grades within the courses in which you are enrolled.

First, access your course through "My Courses" in the left navigation bar or through the "Dashboard". 

Next, you will simply click on "Grades" in your left navigation bar. 


How do I send Messages in Moodle?

Teachers, students and other users may send and receive private messages via Moodle. This is in addition to receiving notifications about assignments, forum discussions etc. 

More information about messaging in Moodle can be found in the following video: 

Turnitin Originality Self-Check

Students and faculty to utilize the Turnitin Originality Self-Check by selecting the link in the bottom, right corner:

Originality Self-Check

 Additionally, the Originality Self-Check can be accessed by selecting the "Online Classroom Resources" tab in the top navigation bar.

In order to use the Originality Self-Check for the first time, students must enroll themselves by selecting "Enroll Now".  Then students can upload their writing.   *Please note: Students may need to re-enroll if they are inactive for six months.*

More information concerning Turnitin can be found on the Turnitin Resources website and the Turnitin Guides website.

Turnitin End User License Agreement

In order to successfully submit a Turnitin assignment or forum post, students must agree with Turnitin's End User License agreement.   Prior to submitting the first Turnitin assignment or post, students will receive a link to the EULA (as shown below).  Students must select the hyperlink and agree to the terms in order to access Turnitin's originality score, as well as faculty feedback in GradeMark.

Students are only required to accept the EULA once as the acknowledgment will be durable across courses and semesters.