Student's Guide to Moodle

This guide describes how to log in, find courses, locate and edit user profiles, locate and post to discussion forums, and where to find additional help.

How to log in to Moodle

  1. Click here.
  2. Enter your username and password.
  3. Click on Login

You should now be logged in. If you got a login error, please double-check your username and password. If you have forgotten your username or password for your click on the Yes, help me log in button

You should see a list of your courses in the "My courses" box on the bottom left. The box will not show up if you are not enrolled in any courses.

How to Find your Courses

If you are enrolled in any Moodle courses already, they should appear in the "My Courses" box on the left side of the Moodle main page when you log in. If you aren't enrolled and should be, you can talk to your tutor or call the administration.

Your profile

Your profile is your identity on Moodle. All SPTI Moodle users can see it, including your instructors.

To edit your profile

To access your profile, click on your name next to the "Logout" link at the top of the screen, or anywhere else that your name appears as a link. Then click the "Edit profile" tab. Several settings that are accessible from your profile can be customized. Some of the more useful ones are:

  • Email format: Emails sent from Moodle can be sent in "Plain text format" or "Pretty HTML format". HTML format will include images and the Moodle color scheme in emails, but messages will be slightly larger in size.
  • Email digest type: You may choose to receive all emails from Moodle in one daily message.
  • Forum auto-subscribe: If you select the "Yes..." value you will be subscribed to any forum to which you post a message.
  • Forum tracking: If set to "Yes...", unread forum messages will be highlighted so you can easily see which messages are new.

If you would like to include a user icon with your profile use the Browse button next to the "New Picture" field to locate a picture. Please use either GIF or JPG format and keep the picture small (about 100x100 pixels max with a filesize less than 500 KB). Again, remember that this profile is accessible to all members of the SPTI community—your tutors and everyone else will be able to see this icon. The same caution is applicable to any personal description you might include.


If your tutor has put a forum in your course, the link on the main page will look like this:

[Forum Name]


To post a new thread in a forum

Click the forum's link then click the "Add a new discussion topic" button at the top of the list of threads. Give the thread a title in the Subject heading. Type your post in the Message section. Check your post for errors then click the "Post to forum" button at the bottom. You will have 30 minutes to edit your post after posting. Be sure to change the Subscription setting to reflect your preference—if you want to receive emails of every post to the forum, set it to "Send me email copies of posts to this forum." If not, set it to "I don't want email copies of posts to this forum." Some faculty may have set their forums to force you to be subscribed or to not allow you to be subscribed, in which cases this option will not appear.

To reply to a thread

Click on the name of the thread in the forum, and click the "Reply" link at the bottom right of the post to which you want to reply. The fields are the same as they are for making a new thread. You can change whether you're subscribed to a given forum at any time by clicking on the name of the forum, then clicking the "Subscribe/Unsubscribe me from this forum" link in the top right of the window. Some courses may use groups. If you want to see the forum posts for a particular group, select the group name from the drop-down menu that will appear on the forum's page. Depending on how your tutor has configured the forum, you may be able to see only those posts made by members of your group(s).

Need more help?

When you have logged in to Moodle, click on the Moodle Help link.

If you want to know anything more about the Moodle software itself, try looking it up on