I hope that your Moodle experience has been positive so far. Remember, we are trying to build our airplane in the air while we are flying, so we appreciate your patience at this time. We are moving forward (and staying in the air)!
However, some of you have not yet logged into your Moodle site. All online courses will be using Moodle and many of your professors for your on-campus courses will also be using Moodle in order to provide a place for obtaining resources, completing online forum discussions, taking quizzes and tests, uploading your completed papers, as well as a host of other things. Therefore, all students should log into Moodle and gain some experience with the way that Moodle works. I have begun to provide some helpful video tutorials for you to view so that you can quickly gain competency in using Moodle. On the front page of Moodle (the page that opens up when you log on), there is a link to a page that will provide the video tutorials. I have three up right now. Just click on the page link that says “helpful video tutorials to get you started” and you will see the videos appear. You can also get to those videos outside of Moodle by clicking on the appropriate links below.
For those of you who have not logged in, here are brief instructions for you to follow:
- Go to online.ses.edu (do not use www)
- Put in your username: your Populi username plus @ses.edu (for example, if your Populi username is astudent10, then your Moodle username is email@example.com -- this latter e-mail address is also your official SES e-mail address)
- Put in your password: your password is changeme.now. You will be forced to change this to a password of your choice.
- You will be on the front page of Moodle. You can get to your courses by hovering over the “my courses” tab on the topbar and then selecting your course.
- You may also want to watch this video tutorial that shows you how to log on:
Also, some of you have not set up your profile. Watch the video on how to do this and complete this as soon as possible (see the link listed above).
In addition, ALL students are required to complete a forum on getting to know others in your class. This forum has been placed in all your classes, online classes as well as on-campus ones. Most of the time this forum will be found in the main topic area (above topic 1 in your course). Sometimes, however, you will find it under Topic 1. If you do not have the forum for your particular course, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Be sure to watch the video tutorial on how to do a forum (listed above and also in the tutorial collection listed on the front page of your Moodle, as explained above).
The date for completing this forum may have been communicated to you as Saturday, September 10th, but if those who have not completed it yet could have it completed by Saturday, September 17th, that will be fine.
Note: Go back often and read new posts from your fellow classmates and also respond to each other. You will find out how interesting your fellow classmates really are! Also, if you are in several classes, remember that you can copy and paste your initial response since that will probably be the same in each of your classes.
- If you have not logged in, do so now.
- If you have not completed the “getting acquainted” forum, do so now.
- If you have not completed your profile, do so now.
- If you have not listened to the video on the Moodle overview, do so now.
- If you have completed all these things, then you are becoming a Moodle mentor and you can help others do the same!
If you have any difficulties, please e-mail me (email@example.com) and give me the specifics relating to your problems.
Daniel Janosik, Ph.D.
Director of Online Education