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Moodle - Introduction

Moodle is a courseware system that many Dominican faculty use to teach or augment their teaching. Through Moodle students can access course materials such as syllabi and assignments, email addresses and web links, online discussions, grades and more.

Upgrade to Moodle Version 2.5 in Summer 2013

 When: Monday, August 12, 2013 from 5:00AM to 8:00AM


What's New In Moodle 2.5

  • The layout is now optimized for many more screen sizes – from desktop computers to tablets and even smart phones
  • The interface is cleaner and easier to use, and some important display issues have been fixed
  • You can simply drag and drop media like images and text onto course pages
  • Forms are shorter and similar actions have been grouped into sections
  • Reports have been moved to the administration block to make it easier to see student activities
  • The assignment setup screen is simpler, and there are new settings for resubmissions
  • All blocks now appear on the left side of the screen, leaving more space for the main course content
  • Blocks can be minimized, but can no longer be "docked". This simplifies the screen, and works better on multiple devices like tablets and smart phones


How Can I Get Faculty Training For Version 2.5?


What Will Stay The Same for Fall 2013?

  • Courses will be set up for Fall 2013 in the same way as in the past
  • Faculty access to courses is available same as always
  • Student access to courses start 2 weeks before first class start date All past courses will be available


Assistance: Questions about Moodle at Dominican?

  • Read this page first to find out about common tasks like logging in.
  • A Moodle manual is available online. Click the Help tab at the top of Moodle.
  • Ask your professor first.
  • If you are experiencing technical problems with your computer or network connection, contact the campus Information Technology HelpDesk at 415-257-0123.


Log In Tips

  • Make sure that you are going to the correct address:  Do not go to "" or "".  Those addresses are incorrect. 
  • You must have a working Penguin Pass user ID and password.  For information on obtaining or using your Penguin Pass click here.


When will I see my courses?

  • Courses are available in Moodle 2 weeks before the start date of the course
  • Courses are removed from Moodle 4 weeks after the last class of the course


Printing Word and Excel Documents

  1. The easiest way to print a Word or Excel document from a PC is to begin from the screen where the document is listed, rather than from the document itself.  If you are already viewing the document, hit the Back button on your browser to return to the previous screen.
  2. Use the right mouse button to right-click on the link to the document that you would like to print.  A menu will appear.  Select "Print Target" or "Print" from that menu.


Printing PowerPoint Presentations

PowerPoint presentations should be printed in the "handout" format, with six slides per printed page.  This avoids the waste of using an entire piece of paper for each slide.

  1. To print a PowerPoint presentation, begin from the screen where the presentation is listed, rather than from within the presentation itself.  If you are already viewing the presentation, hit the Back button on your browser to return to the previous screen.
  2. Use the right mouse button to right-click on the link to the PowerPoint presentation that you would like to print.  A menu will appear.  Select "Save Target As" or "Save As" from that menu.  Save the presentation to your computer's desktop.
  3. Go to your desktop and open the presentation.  The PowerPoint program should open.
  4. In PowerPoint, go to the "File" menu and choose "Print."
  5. In the lower left corner of the print box, click on menu below the words "Print what."  Select "Handouts" then hit the "OK" button.

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