Welcome to Moodle!

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Book: Welcome to Moodle!
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Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 2:48 PM


In this resource, faculty will learn about Moodle, the LMS (Learning Management System) currently used at MNU.  

1. What is Moodle?

MNU's Learning Management System (LMS) uses a powerful, open-source software called Moodle, which stands for Modular  Object Oriented Dynamic  Learning Environment. Each of your courses will be available to you in Moodle, so what is Moodle and why do we use it?

Please view the following video to learn more about Moodle:


Additionally, you can learn more about the system, and the consortium that developed it and still coordinates all improvements and extensions, at www.moodle.org.

2. 7 Benefits of eLearning

Why fix it if it is not broken?  Why reinvent the wheel?

Many faculty and staff wonder why we should use a LMS?  Our LMS, Moodle, provides a lot of really great advantages and benefits for students, faculty, and staff.  There are seven clear benefits of eLearning, described below and outlined in the infographic that follows.

7 Benefits of eLearning

  1. Scalable: Allows instructors to quickly create content and communicate information. 
  2. Capacity and Consistency: Allows instructors to provide consistent communication to all members of the target audience at the same time. 
  3. High Learning Retention: Allows for blended learning, which allows students to have a tailored educational experience, resulting in higher retention rates. 
  4. Saves Time and Money: An LMS allows for classroom instruction outside of a physical classroom, so the cost of running a classroom is eliminated, so is the time and money spent on travel. 
  5. Activity and ROI Measurements: Instructors, and Administrators, can track student progress and efficiently develop reports on performance.
  6. Reduction of Carbon Footprint: With the use of the tools available in the LMS, printing paper is essentially eliminated. 
  7. Flexible: Students have the opportunity to learn at their own pace and convenience. Instructors and students have the opportunity to work in the classroom from anywhere. 

Infographic - 7 benefits of elearning


3. How Do I Access My Courses in Moodle?

Now that you've learned a bit more about Moodle, let's explore what how you will access your courses in Moodle.

At MNU, all courses will require at least some component of their course inside Moodle.  Faculty, staff, and students will use their MNU login to access the LMS. 

There are three options for finding courses in Moodle.  

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

Arrow pointing to Dashboard in the left navigation menu

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.

Dashboard view with arrows showing Course Overview

Option 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.

Course dashboard showing the Sort By option

Option 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 Toolbar

A printable version of this tutorial is provided below: 

How do I find my courses in Moodle