OP Moodle is Otago Polytechnic's online learning site for students. In this guide you will be introduced to the basics of accessing course resources and activities available to you.
What's new in Moodle in 2023
On the 19th December 2022, OP Moodle will be upgraded to a new version, which includes many welcome changes, especially to the navigation and to how it looks.
OP Moodle now has Te Pūkenga branding, but you will also notice that the interface is different as well. Overall, it is cleaner and easier to navigate.
The biggest change in the navigation is that My courses have moved to their own tab. See more below for more information.
Watch this short video on how to Find your way around the latest version of Moodle (note this will look and function slightly differently from Otago's Moodle).
You will notice some pop-ups on the screen, called User tours, that will show you what's new in Moodle.
For example, how to expand the Blocks drawer for more information:
If you click Got it you won't see the pop-ups again. You can reset your User tours by clicking on the Question mark on any page, and choosing Reset user tour on this page.
When you first login to Moodle, you will notice a new Dashboard:
Show more about the new Dashboard
The Timeline is now more prominent on your Dashboard. This provides an overview of all your deadlines (e.g. add submission, attempt quiz, view forum etc.). Each activity is conveniently linked.
You can search by activity type or name, sort by dates or courses, and you can filter by:
- due date
Customising your dashboard
By default you will see Recently accessed courses, Recently accessed items, and your Latest badges.
You can customise your Dashboard to suit how you use Moodle. You can remove these blocks or add any other blocks that are useful to you (e.g. Calendar or Starred courses).
You can change these by enabling Edit mode, then:
- You can re-arrange blocks by clicking on the relevant crosshair/drag icon and drag the block to where you want it
- You can add other blocks to your own dashboard by using the Add a block link at the top of the page
- You can remove an existing block by clicking on the cog icon at the top right of the block and choosing Hide or Delete.
- You can click on Reset page to default at any time.
When you have finished customising, disable Edit mode. All changes are saved for subsequent sessions on Moodle.
You will notice that your courses have moved! They are now in a new tab of their own. Access your courses easily from the My courses tab at the top of the site:
You can search for any courses you are enrolled in.
Filter your courses
If you are enrolled in a lot of courses, you might like to remove old courses from your view (or archive and remove them!), and/or star your most commonly used courses, so you can find these quickly. To do this:
On the course you want to remove from view or star, click the ellipses menu (...)
Click Star this course or Remove from view as required.
You can then switch between showing all courses (except Removed from view) or just starred courses by selecting from the drop-down box at the top left of the My courses page.
You can filter/sort by:
- Course name
- Last accessed
And you can choose to view your courses by:
Change the number of courses shown
The default number of courses displayed is 12. To increase or decrease this:
- Click the box next to Show at the bottom left of the My courses page.
- Choose All or the number of courses you want to show in the My courses page.
The Course index is a new collapsible and expandable component on the left-hand side, which means you can move smoothly between course sections, making it easier and quicker to find activities and resources. One click from the menu will take you to any topic, activity or resource.
Show more about the Course index
Open and close Course index
To open the Course index, click on the list icon. To close the Course index, click on the X (see screenshot below).
If your teacher has enabled course completion tracking, you can view which activities and resources you have completed within the Course index (see the screenshot below).
Another new expandable component on the right-hand side of the screen is the Block drawer. This is where you can add and prioritise blocks. You can choose to collapse or expand blocks, to reduce visual clutter and focus on the learning.
The downside is that important information blocks may not be visible by default when you expect them to be.
Show more about the Block drawer
Open and close Block drawer
To open the Block drawer, click on the arrow icon. To close the Block drawer, click on the X.
Remember to open the Block drawer if you are missing information.
If you have Moodle Books in your courses, you may notice that the Table of Contents still remains within the Block drawer. If your Block drawer is closed you will need to open it to view the Table of Contents. You can however still use the Previous/Next navigation inside the book as well.
The Exit book option has been removed for now. You will need to use the breadcrumb menu to return to your course when you finish reading the book.
If you are still having trouble navigating the new Moodle 4.0, please contact IT Support Services.
Accessing OP Moodle
You can access Moodle through the Student Hub or directly through the OP Moodle website.
Login through the Student Hub
To get to the Student Hub, you will need to log in to OP, using your network username and password.
2. Once logged in, your courses will load in the Moodle tile. You can access them directly from here. To access your Dashboard click View more Moodle courses at the bottom of this grey Moodle tile.
Login through the Moodle website
You can also go directly to the OP Moodle website.
Go to: http://moodle.op.ac.nz/
Choose the login option Students & Staff on the left, then enter your student username and password into the login area
Click Sign in
Access your courses from the My Courses area of your Dashboard.
Having trouble logging in?
If you are a first-time visitor, you should have received your username and password in the letter acknowledging your enrolment.
Please contact the IT Support Service Desk if you have any problems using OP Moodle.
If you can log in to OP Moodle but can't find your course, the document, link or activity that should be available, seek support from your teacher.
Learn your way around
Learn to navigate your way around Moodle and make sure you can find everything you need in your courses.
Your Moodle Dashboard is the home page of your Moodle. You can access your courses from here, search, view your badges and more.
The course overview is displayed on your dashboard and shows all the courses you are enrolled in. Please note that the default number of courses you see in the course overview is set to 12. You can change this from the drop down menu at the bottom left of the course overview window.
You can sort your courses with the three dropdowns menus:
An option to sort by All, In progress, Future, Past, Starred or courses that have been Removed from view
An option to display courses by Course name or Last accessed
An option to display course by Card, List or Summary view.
Navigation Sidebar – three lines icon
Open or close the navigation side bar by clicking on the three lines in the top right-hand corner.
Through here you can access your calendar, courses and useful links. When inside a course you will also be able to access sections of the course, badges and depending on your course, the Moodle Gradebook.
The Timeline block provides an overview of deadlines for learners. Deadlines may be sorted by dates or by course.
Another fast way to navigate is to use the breadcrumbs at the top of each page. These breadcrumbs should you how you have navigated to this where you are. You can use them to navigate back without using the back button on your browser.
Inside your courses
Most courses will contain these sections or tabs:
Find it in the Haere mai tab of your online course. The course schedule tells you what's happening week-by-week.
Know what you're being assessed on. This information is found in the Assessment tab of your online course.
The Modules tab holds all your course materials and activities.
Completion progress block
This helpful block sits in the top right-hand corner of most course pages (your teacher may choose not to use this function). The Completion Progress block lists the activities you are expected to complete during your course.
How it works:
Each activity is represented by a small blue box
When an activity is completed, the small box will turn green
Sometimes teaching staff will set the box to turn red if an activity is overdue.
Support – where to find it
Check out the Your Facilitator block on the right-hand side of your course. This should contain the contact details for your course facilitator.
Student Support Te Ama Tauira website
The Student Support Te Ama Tauira block also appears on the right-hand side of every course page. These links will point you in the right direction to provide support when you need it. There is also a link to the Student Support Te Ama Tauira website in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
Go to top arrow
Use the go to the top arrow to easily return to the top of a Moodle page.
Make it yours
Once you have logged into OP Moodle, there are a couple of things you should do straight away to make your Dashboard and Moodle account yours.
1. Editing your profile
The first thing you should do is check your profile and make sure all your information is correct.
To update your profile:
Click on your name (at the top right-hand corner of the page)
From the dropdown menu, select Profile
Click on Edit profile, within the User details section
Upload a photo of yourself (optional but recommended).
Click Update Profile
2. Your email notifications at OP
Your Moodle notifications will automatically be sent to your OP email address, and we highly recommend you get in the habit of checking your OP account like you do your own personal email accounts. Services like the Robertson Library and OPSA use your OP address to communicate with you, as well as your teachers.
You can also sync your OP email to your phone which makes it even easier to check it regularly, either by adding it to the mail app you currently use or by downloading the MS Outlook app which you can use on either Android or iOS. Check your App store to find and download it.
We do not recommend using forwarding to your personal email account as this connection can break causing you to miss important information.
If you would like your Moodle notification emails to go to a personal email address rather than your OP email address, you can add a notification email in Moodle. Remember, this is only for Moodle and not for any other emails you may get in your OP email inbox.
How to add a notification email address in Moodle
Follow these instructions to add a Moodle email notification address:
1. On your Moodle Dashboard click on the dropdown menu in the top right hand corner by your name.
2. Choose Preferences from the menu.
3. Under the heading User account, click on Notification Preferences
4. Click on the Email cog
5. Add the email you would like your Moodle notifications to be sent to and click save changes.
Please note, if you leave this area blank if you would like the notifications to be sent to your OP email address.
IT Support Service Desks
Dunedin and Central Campuses - H Block, level 1, Room H107
Auckland Campus - Level 1, Room 103
DN 0800 765 948 AK 0800 111 212 firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
3. Changing your forum preferences
We also recommend you change your email digest type so you don't get so many emails when posting to forums.
To change your forum preferences:
Click on your name (at the top right-hand corner of the page)
From the drop-down menu, select Preferences
Under User account, click on Forum preferences
Alongside Email digest type, select Complete (daily email with full posts)
Click Save changes
4. Customise your dashboard
You can rearrange things on your Dashboard to make it easier to find things. Rearrange your courses and add blocks to your dashboard. Watch the video below to find out how.
Starred and hidden courses
- To 'star' (bookmark) a course, click the three dots by its name and then click 'Star this course’
- To hide a course, click the three dots by its name and then click 'Remove from view'
- Courses may be filtered by ‘Starred’ or 'Removed from view’ courses. Alternatively, for starred courses, the ‘Starred courses’ block may be added to your dashboard.
Other useful dashboard blocks
You can customise your dashboard with any of these other useful dashboard blocks below.
Forums and Messaging
There are several ways to communicate through OP Moodle.
Forums in Moodle
Moodle allows teachers to set up online forums for groups or sub-groups of students, which can include text and other media. Participants can receive posts by email, and/or log onto Moodle to view them.
Course announcements are a type of forum that the teachers use to make announcements about your course. Your teacher may use this to let you know about upcoming events, notices or reminders. They appear on the Haere mai page of your course. As a student you won’t be able to post in a course announcements forum, but you can reply to a post from a facilitator.
Messaging in Moodle
The messaging interface in Moodle lets you communicate with others in your course, individually or as a group. A number at the top of the screen reflects the number of people who have sent new messages.
- Clicking the icon displays the messaging drawer, divided into starred messages, group messages and personal messages
- Contacts and contact requests may be accessed from the Contacts link
- To add a message to your starred (favourited) messages, a star may be added by clicking the three dots when viewing a message
- From the three dots, messages may be muted, so that email notifications of new messages are no longer sent
- Personal messaging space - Each user now has their own starred area where they can add draft messages, links and notes for later use.
Online users block
The 'Online users' block shows a list of users who have been logged into Moodle.
- The list is updated on a regular basis (the default is every 5 minutes).
- Clicking the message icon next to somebody's name, you will be able to send a private message to that person (using Moodle's messaging system)
- If you have the 'Online users' block added to your course, you can hold the cursor over somebody's name to see how long ago that person was last "seen" in the course.
- If separate groups are enabled in a course, and this block is added onto the course page, only members of the group will be visible to other group members within the 'Online users' block
- Even though a user may have been logged into a course within the last 5 minutes, it does not necessarily mean that this user is still online.
Viewing, printing, editing and authoring documents
- Microsoft Office 365 is available free while you are a student at OP. You can find more details through the Office 365 page.
- The free Open Office Suite will also allow you to view and edit files. Browsers other than Internet Explorer work better with this software.
Viewing & printing documents only
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) for .pdf documents
Learners planning to study online will require access to these things:
- Email programme such as Outlook which you can access through Microsoft Office 365. Or an online email account like Gmail or Hotmail.
- Internet browser. We recommend using Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
- A media player: software for playing common audio and video files either as a standalone software (e.g. Windows Media Player, iTunes, QuickTime, VLC media player).
- Adobe Acrobat Reader for displaying PDF files.
- Word processing programme, either Microsoft Word, Open Office, Google Docs, or some other equivalent.
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