Moodle Help


Moodle is an example of course technology used to provide students with course information, assignments, activities and/or grade information. Students access Moodle through the Bruin Portal, and are able to access their course from anywhere using an Internet connection.  If you need help logging into the Bruin Portal, please visit:

Moodle Use at home

Click here to try the technology testing tool available from the Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) . Scroll down the page and click on the button: “Is My Technology Ready?” and then on “Detect My Technology“.

Need help? Click on the link below for instructions

Student Moodle FAQ
Access my course
How-to Submit an Assignment
How-to Post to a Forum
Emails from Forum Posts
Accessing Grades
Using the Breadcrumb Trail
Drag and Drop Files Upload any Activity
How-to Take a Quiz
Sending Email/Messages
Connect Office 365 to Moodle
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How to Access your Moodle Course

Instructors will use Moodle in various ways, some use it for 100% online courses while other use it for supplemental materials for the face to face courses.

How to Access Moodle Course
Step 1. Login to the Bruin Portal, and click on the Moodle link. Bruin Portal Moodle image
Step 2. Click on the course you want to enter. Pick course image

NOTE: If the course list is blank, your instructor has not made your course available to you. Instructors have the option of opening the course up early (one week) but are not required to do so. If you course has already started and you still do not see the course listed please contact your instructor either by phone or email.

Check your Class Schedule to make sure you are registered and for the Official Start Date.

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Assignments Help

Assignments will vary from course to course, some will allow for online text, others and more communally have a place to upload a document. Please be sure to read the instruction of the assignment. Most instructors want you to submit either a .pdf or .rtf file.

Moodle Assignment Help
Step 1. Locate and click on the assignment. Moodle Assignment Link Image
Step 2. Read the instructions for the assignment, download any files that are attached, these will help in completing the assignment. Click on the Add submission button at the bottom of the page. Add Assignment Submission image
Step 3. Either Drag and Drop the submission file or click on the Add file button to browse to your file on your computer.

NOTE: If you drag and drop your file got to Step 6 Save Changes your finished.

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Step 4. File Picker When the box appears

  1. Click Upload a file
  2. Click on Choose file

Note: Depending on your browser, you may see Browse instead of Choose File.

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Step 5.

  1. Locate your file using the File Explorer pop-up window and click it.
  2. Click on Open
  3. Click Upload this file
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Step 6. Click the Save Changes located at the bottom of the page. Save Changes Image
Step 7. Verify your assignment submission. If you need to make changes you can click on the Edit Submission Otherwise you can click on the Breadcrumbs at the top of the page. Verify submission image
How to Save As a PDF or RTF: To create a .pdf file, in our word processing software, click on “Save As” and change the file format to *.pdf (PDF) or *.rft ( RFT) Create RFT or PDF Image

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Discussion Forum

The forum activity allows students and teachers to exchange ideas by posting comments as part of a ‘thread’. Files such as images and media maybe included in forum posts. The teacher can choose to rate forum posts and it is also possible to give students permission to rate each others’ posts.

How to Post to a Moodle Forum
Step 1. Locate the link to the forum on the course page.Click on the link to the forum to view the instructions and posts. Select Forum Image
Step 2. Depending on the type of forum, you may be able to start new discussion or reply to a discussion or reply to a previous discussion.If there are already Discussions started, you will see a list of them. Click on Discussion title to read and/or reply to the post. Add new post image
Step 3. Click on Add a new discussion topic. Enter the subject or Discussion Title. Type your posting in the Message. There is a button to expand the Text Editor at the top left.You can attach a file to the Discussion Post or Reply, please look at Step 3A below for File Picker instructions. Forum Post image
Step 3A: File Picker Click “Advanced”

  1. Locate your file using the File Explorer pop-up window and click it.
  2. Click on Open
  3. Click Upload this file
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Step 4. When you are finished, click on Post to forum. There is a 30 minute editing window if you need to make changes. However your post will show immediately for others to read. 30 minuted editing window image
Subscriptions Most Discussion forums will have Optional Subscription. If you have subscribed and wish to unsubscribe to them.

  1. Click on the forum.
  2. At the top right click on the Gear icon and Unsubscribe from this forum.
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Moodle Gradebook

Student will have real-time access to their gradebook for those instructors that use the Moodle Grades. Please talk to your instructor to find out if they utilize this feature in Moodle.

Access Moodle Gradebook
Step 1. To view your grades you will need locate Grades on the left. Grades image
User Report View: is an in-depth look at your gradebook for a course.

Please be aware gradebooks can look different from course to course as instructors want to show you your gradebook in a different fashion. Some will use weighted items, weighted categories and some will use straight points. Please contact your instructor for how they set up their gradebook.

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Overview report View: Quickly look at all your course grades on one screen. Gradebook Overview Report Image

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Moodle Breadcrumbs

In web design the breadcrumb trail is a navigation aid used in user interfaces. It gives users a way to keep track of their location within programs or documents. Breadcrumbs typically appear horizontally across the top of a web page, usually below title bars or headers. They provide links back to each previous page the user navigated through to get to the current page or—in hierarchical site structures—the parent pages of the current one. Breadcrumbs provide a trail for the user to follow back to the starting or entry point. Here is an example of the Moodle Breadcrumb Trail

Using Moodle Breadcrumbs
Breadcrumbs Clicking on the course Short-Name will cancel what ever you are doing, and take you back to the course main page. Breadcrumbs image

Moodle Drag and Drop Files or Upload Files

When uploading files from within an activity, for example, if you are a student submitting an Assignment, or an instructor adding resources using the Activity chooser, you can drag and drop files directly into the Files area. (This avoids the need to use the Moodle File picker when uploading a file.)

Drag and Drop Files or Upload Files Instructions
Step 1. Click on the File Explorer and move the window so you can see the Big Blue down arrow on the Moodle page. Drag and drop image
Step 2. Drag files from your File Explorer Window using your mouse (left click and hold), and release them on top of the big blue arrow in the Files area.

NOTE: If adding additional files, when you drag a file over the Files area, the big blue arrow will reappear.

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How to Take a Quiz

Your instructor can deliver quizzes in Moodle using a variety of question types, including multiple choice, true-false, short answer, numeric questions and more. Quizzes may be configured in very different ways, so don’t expect to always see the same thing when you take a quiz. For example, you may see quiz results as soon as you finish all the questions or even as you submit each question. You may need to wait until after the quiz deadline, or until all submitted quizzes are graded before results are released.

How to Take a Quiz Instructions
Step 1. Locate the Quiz/Exam/Test within the course.

  • Quiz links will always be located within the Topic or Weekly sections that are in the middle column of your course.
  • If your instructor has add the Activities Block, you can click on Quizzes and see a list of available quizzes for the course.
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Step 2. Click on the link to the quiz. The Quiz screen will open showing a summary of information about the quiz. This may include:

  • Instructions for the Quiz.
  • Grading method or points possible.
  • Number of time you can take the Quiz (called attempts)
  • Time Limit
  • Date Range for which you can take the Quiz.
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Step 3. To begin, click Attempt quiz now. A confirmation screen will remind you of any time restrictions or limited number of attempts.

NOTE:If your quiz is interrupted, you can return to the quiz an click Continue last attempt to resume your work, even if you lose your connection to Moodle, as long as the deadline or time limit has not passed on the quiz.

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Step 4. Quizzes may have more than one question per page. The way you answer each questions will vary on the question type.

  • You can use the Quiz Navigation panel on the left side of the screen to move between quiz pages. It will show you progress as well as your timer. You can use the Quiz Navigation to skip questions and return to them later while still taking the quiz. This will highlight them a different color so you will be able to quickly and easily tell which one still need answered.
  • For some quiz and/or question types, you will need to click Submit to move on to the next question.
  • Some quiz questions will require a Next button (at the bottom of the page) to move to another question.
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Step 5. When you are finished with the Quiz, there will be a Summary of attempt screen that will list the question numbers and whether they have been answered or not.To return to the question, click on the question Number under Navigation or from the list. You may also click on Return to Attempt


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Step 6. When you are finished with your answers, click Submit all and Finish to finalize your attempt.

NOTE: you will not be able to change any answers after you click the Submit all and Finish button.

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Moodle Messaging & Sending Emails

The Moodle Messaging system is internal to Moodle therefore all messages are sent and received within Moodle. Think of it as Moodle instant messaging.

NOTE: By default, when a user receives a message and they are NOT actively online in Moodle, the message is also sent to the recipient via their configured email address. Recipients, who ARE actively online in Moodle at the time the message is sent, receive an alert that they have a new message. To see a list of messages, click on the arrow next to your name at the top of the page and then click the Messages button.

Moodle Messages and Email Instructions
Sending Messages One drawback to using the Moodle messaging system is the inability to handle attachments and the inconsistency in getting the messages delivered to the course participants. This is because this system is designed more as an instant messaging medium rather than an email messaging system.

  • In the Messages window click on the Search tab to search for the person, if appropriate checking the box “Only in my courses”, then click on their name. (Alternatively, if the person is listed in the Online Users block, simply click on the “Add/send message” envelope opposite their name.)
  • Type the message in the pop-up box then click on the “Send message” button.
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Sending Email Quickmail block is an add-on to Moodle that allows a user to send email to anyone in the class. The email is composed and sent in Moodle, but received in the user’s KCC Student Email.

NOTE: The Quickmail block is usually a part of most courses, however if you do not see it contact the instructor.

The image to the right shows how Quickmail will appear when added to a course. The three links are described as follows:

  • Compose: takes you to Quickmail’s email composition page.
  • History: takes you to a history of all your emails sent by Quickmail in the current course.
  • Configuration: takes you to Quickmail’s configuration screen; the same configuration screen as the block’s edit button when course editing is turned on. This link only appears for course teachers and administrators.
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How to Connect Office 365 to Moodle​

Connect Office 365 and Moodle
Step 1. Locate the Microsoft Block and click on the link Connect to Office 365 Connect to Office 365 image
Step 2. Click on the Office 365 connection settings Connection Settings Image
Step 3. Click on Link your Moodle account to an Office 365 account Moodle link to office image
Step 4. Enter your KCC Email Address ( your [email protected]) and click Next at the bottom of the screen. Enter KCC email image
Step 5. You will need to use the same password that you use to enter into the Bruin Portal. Your universal password. When finished click Next at the bottom of the screen. Enter the same password as the portal image
Step 6. More information is required so you will not loose access to the Microsoft Office Account, click Next. More information required image
Step 7. Choose either Phone or Email, you set up both, but only one is required. Be aware of the timer at the bottom right of the screen. If it times out, you will need to start over. Email or phone image
Step 8A. Entering your phone number and click on text me or the call me button. This may take a minute or two depending on your cell service. Enter phone image
Step 8B. Entering your personal email address that is NOT your KCC email. Email entry image
Step 10. Enter the code from either the phone call, text message, or email verification. Email verification image
Step 11. Click on finish Click finish image
Step 12. Verify that your account has been connected and click on the Home button towards the top left of the screen. Click Home link image

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