General Moodle Information

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This book resource contains general information about Moodle. There are resources for the Moodle Mobile App, browser information, understanding course codes, and highlights of new text editor features available in Moodle.

Can I use any web browser to access Moodle?

Even though you may access Moodle via any browser, it is recommended that you choose a browser that supports Moodle's integrated HTML editor. This is a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor with an interface similar to what you would see in most word processing applications.

This in-line HTML editor will only appear if you use Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome or Safari. If you do not use one of these browser types, you can still use Moodle but may experience problem using certain features.

As a result, we highly recommend to use up-to-date Firefox or Internet Explorer on Windows operating system, and to use Firefox on Mac system. Please note the Kaltura Media (video creation) is not supported on Chrome.

Updating your Internet Browsers

It is important to keep your browsers updated. This keeps everything running smoothly! Please note that most browsers can be set for automatic updates – that is, it will update in the background and when you open it for a new session, the updates will have been applied.

Below are instructions on how to manually update the most common browsers.

Firefox (PC, Mac) Recommended browser for use on laptops with Moodle

Update Firefox Mac

update Firefox2

Chrome browser update

Safari update

Internet Explorer (PC) - Internet Explorer 11 is the latest browser for Windows 7 and 8. Previous versions of IE (IE 8, 9, 10) are no longer supported by Microsoft. If you need to update to IE 11, do a search for IE 11 update. Be sure you are downloading from a verified Microsoft website.

Microsoft Edge (Windows 10) - Edge is the newest browser packaged with the Windows 10 operating system. Edge is updated when Windows 10 is updated. For more information, watch the following video:

How to Read the Course Code in Moodle

Interpreting the course codes found in Moodle can be confusing. Below is a "cheat sheet" to crack the code!

Look at this example: 201822-Discovering the Old Testament-BLIT-1003-22083

Here is the breakdown of the course code:

201820 Discovering the Old Testament BLIT-1103 22083
Term Code Course Name Catalog Number Course Reference Number (CRN)

Here's how to interpret the Term Code:

Academic year –  the first 4 digits (2018 is the 2017-2018 Academic Year)

Semester  -  the 5th digit Term Code (The "2" in the example above) The semester codes are: 2 = Fall, 5 = Spring, 9 = Summer

Type of course –  The last digit in the Term Code (0= traditional undergraduate, 2= Adult Professional, and 4 = Graduate level course) The Type of course codes are: 0 = Traditional Undergraduate, 2 = Adult Professional Undergrad course, and 4 = Graduate level)

So, the term code 201820 would be a Fall 2017 Traditional undergraduate course.

A term code of 201852 would be a Spring 2018 Adult Professional course.

A term code of 201894 would be a Summer Graduate level course.

Also, using the Catalog number (BLIT-1103) and CRN (last 5 digits [22083]) can be very helpful if you need to submit a helpdesk ticket. When submitting a helpdesk ticket, simply stating "I'm having a Moodle issue in my Old Testament course" is not very helpful. However, in your ticket submission, please state the course name  (Discovering the Old Testament), along with the Catalog number and CRN (BLIT-1103-20283). Include detailed information about the problem. This type of information is very helpful to the Service Desk. This helps to "zero in" on the specific course where the student is having issues.

Toolbar Buttons in the default Atto Editor in Moodle

Below is a graphic and explanation of the buttons located in the Moodle Text Editor. This is the new "Atto" editor.

  1. Expand textbox editor- Allows user to toggle between full screen and small screen textbox editor views.
  2. Paste special- Allows user to copy text from Word, Google Docs, or other word processed materials and paste simplified text into the Moodle textbox editor. It removes most of the invisible software code that can cause problems in Moodle.
  3. Expand textbox editor- New location of expansion button, allows user to view all options available in the textbox editor
  4. Text color options- Allows user to select a text color to draw attention to important pieces of text.
  5. Remember: Web design practices state that three colors per page is a maximum that should be used. Also, select colors with a high contrast to the background.Moodle Text Editor
  6. Highlight color options- Allows user to select a color to highlight important text.
  7. Bootstrap Grid-  Allows users to select a variety of grid patterns to organize content.
  8. Create a table-  New features include the ability to determine border type, size, color, as well as background color.
  9. HTML- Allows user to view HTML code with highlighted references throughout the code