Most of our online courses use a learning platform called Moodle.
You can get to this site at any time during your study by clicking the Help button in the top right-hand corner of your course.
How do I find my way around?
You can get back to the homepage from anywhere in your course by clicking on the title of your course in the top banner.
Another useful feature in the top banner is the User Menu which you open by clicking on your name or picture. Here you can access your profile, preferences and blog, view your dashboard, and log out of the course.
On the course homepage, you will find blocks such as Navigation, Recent activity, Activities and Search forums. These blocks give you quick access to the course content, recent postings, discussion topics and any subscription based resources that you can access while studying with us.
How do I update my profile and preferences?
If you are studying a short course you must do this on the Portal page, before you click on your course name. If you are already in the course when you want to make this change, use the link back to the Portal page from your profile.
How do I view my assignments?
How do forums work?
If you want to join in a discussion, click on the discussion title to open it, then click on the Reply link under any post.
If you want to start a discussion on a new subject, click the button Add a new discussion topic at the top of the page. This will take you to a new page to enter your discussion topic. Click Post to forum when you have finished to post your message.
Subscribe to a forum
Subscribing to a forum means you will be sent an email 30 minutes after somebody posts a message in that forum.
To subscribe to a discussion thread, click Subscribe near the top-right of each discussion page.
To subscribe to every thread in the forum click Subscribe to this forum from the Administration block when you are in a forum.
To change the type of notification you receive, change the default setting from User menu > Preferences > Forum Preferences.
If you want to see new posts highlighted when you are in a forum, and a note on the homepage of how many new posts there have been to a given forum, do this by choosing User menu > Preferences > Forum Preferences and setting the Forum tracking option to Yes: highlight new posts for me.
This block provides a keyword search of posts in all the discussion forums for your course.