Your profile and settings

By default, your student profile is set up to display just your name and the default picture, which looks like this: Smiley icon. Your email address is recorded on the system, but is only visible to you and your tutor. You can edit your profile to add a picture of yourself, add a note to introduce yourself, make your email address visible to other students, or change your settings.

If you access your course via the ‘Portal’ site (http://portal.conted.ox.ac.uk/), you can edit your profile by logging in to ‘Portal’ and clicking on your name (which is displayed under the ‘Portal’ heading at the top of the page), and then clicking on the ‘Edit profile’ link in the ‘Administration’ block. If you update your profile, remember to click the ‘Update profile’ button at the bottom of the page to save the changes you have made.

If your course has any other web address, log in to your course and click on your name (which is displayed under the heading at the top of the page) and then click on the ‘Edit profile’ link in the ‘Administration’ block. If you update your profile, remember to click the ‘Update profile’ button at the bottom of the page to save the changes you have made.

Changing your password

If you access your course with a Moodle username and password and wish to change your password, click on the ‘Change password’ button in the ‘Administration’ block. Type your old password into the ‘Current password’ box and your new password into the second and third boxes. You must then click the ‘Save changes’ button for your new password to be activated.

Please be aware that this password change will only affect this course website. Your password for all other systems will remain unchanged.

If you access your course with an Oxford username and wish to change your password, you can do this using the Change Password page.


Settings

Below is an explanation of each of the settings in your profile and our recommendations for which options to select.

First nameDefault
SurnameDefault
Email addressDefault
Email display

Defaults to ‘Hide my email address from everyone’ which means that only your tutor and University staff can view your email address.

If you wish to allow other students on your course to view your email address, you can change this to ‘Allow only other course members to see my email address’.

The final option ‘Allow everyone to see my email address’ would only be applicable if the course was open to the general public and you didn’t mind anyone seeing your address.

Email formatWe recommend ‘Pretty HTML format’.
Email digest typeIf you choose to have email notifications sent to you from a particular forum (see ‘Forum auto-subscribe’ below) this field allows you to choose their format.
  • ‘No digest’ means you will be sent an email notification every time a new message is posted to a particular forum.
  • ‘Complete’ means that you will get one email per day which shows all the postings.
  • ‘Subjects’ means that you will get one email per day with subject headings only.
Forum auto-subscribe

Defaults to ‘No, don’t automatically subscribe me to forums’ which means that you will not receive email notifications of messages posted to forums apart from the News forum which is compulsory.

If you do want to receive email notifications from other discussion forums you can change this setting to ‘Yes, when I post, subscribe me to that forum’ which means that when you post a message to a forum, the default option will be to subscribe you to it.

Whenever you post to a forum you have an opportunity to say whether or not you do want to be subscribed to that forum, this setting just changes the default option on that forum.

If you only want to subscribe to certain forums, keep this setting on ‘No’ and simply click on the ‘Subscribe to this forum’ link, which is displayed in the ‘Administration’ block, when you are in the forum you want to subscribe to. You will receive any notifications in the format you have chosen in ‘Email digest type’ field.

You should choose whichever is the most suitable for you but please bear in mind that you may receive a lot of emails if you choose ‘Yes’.

Forum trackingForum tracking means that you are able to tell which messages are new and which you have already read. We suggest you choose ‘Yes: highlight new posts for me’.
When editing textWe recommend ‘Use HTML editor’.
City/townThis defaults to Oxford, but do fill in where you are based if you would like to share this information with other course participants.
Select a countryThis defaults to United Kingdom. Do change this to where you are based if you would like to share your location with other course participants.
TimezoneWe recommend ‘Server’s local time’.
Preferred languageEnglish (en).
DescriptionYou should write a short description of yourself here.

In the ‘User picture’ section we recommend that you add a picture of yourself, or any other image you want to use to represent yourself (see the ‘Uploading files’ screen for details of how to upload a picture). You are welcome to add, in the ‘Optional’ section, any details that you are happy to share with your tutor and fellow students, but, as the heading suggests, these are entirely optional.

Remember to click the ‘Update profile’ button when you have made any changes.