The User menu, your profile and preferences

The 'Course content' area
The drop down ‘User menu’.

The User menu in the top banner of the course (as in the image on the right) gives you access to edit your profile and preferences, as well as links to the Dashboard and your Blog.

By default, your student profile is set up to display just your name and the default picture, but you can edit it to introduce yourself and add a picture of yourself (or any other image you want to use to represent yourself).

Note your email address is recorded on the system, but is only visible to you and your tutor unless you choose to make it visible to other students.

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.


Accessing Profile or Preferences

For online short courses log in to Portal via http://portal.conted.ox.ac.uk/.

For any other course log in to Study via https://study.conted.ox.ac.uk.

Please note if you are on a short online course you must follow these instructions from the Portal site, before you log into your course. If you try to access the Preferences menu from your course you will not see the full list of options.


Uploading a photo

Silhouette of a person's head and shoulders.
The default user picture.

By default, your student profile is set up to display just your name and the default picture.

To upload a photo:

  1. Click on your name in the top blue banner
  2. Click ‘Preferences’
  3. Click ‘Edit Profile’
  4. Scroll down the page to the heading ‘User Picture’ – click on the heading to open up this section.
  5. Drag and drop your photo file into the box with a large blue arrow, or search for the file using the Add... icon.
  6. Once you are happy with the changes you have made, click ‘Update Profile’ at the bottom of the screen

Changing your password

If you access your course with a Moodle username and password follow these steps to change your password:

  1. Click on your Name in the top blue banner
  2. Click ‘Preferences’
  3. Click ‘Change password’
  4. Follow the steps on screen to change your password
  5. When you are happy with your changes, click ‘Save Changes’ at the bottom of the screen.

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.


Changing your Forum preferences

  1. Click on your Name in the top blue banner
  2. Click ‘Preferences’
  3. Click ‘Forum preferences’
  4. Read through the options available and select your preferred options, there is more information on these in the Getting the most from Discussion forums section of this site. It is helpful to select Yes to FORUM TRACKING as new posts will be highlighted when you log into your course.
  5. Once you are happy with the changes you have made, click ‘Save Changes’ at the bottom of the screen.