Moodle Course Management System

Moodle LogoWhat is Moodle?
Moodle can be thought of as an extension to classroom teaching. Moodle is the world’s most popular Virtual Learning Environment.

Why the funny name?
Moodle is an acronym for Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.

Tell me more.
Moodle is an open-source Course Management System that colleges, businesses, and even individual instructors can use to add web technology to their courses. Its open source and modular design allow people to develop and add extra functionality to the software. With the capacity to support a single-teacher site as well as a 50,000-student online university portal, Moodle is flexible enough to allow for a diverse range of teaching modes.

How do I access Moodle?
To log in to Moodle, go to and enter your NetID (the same username and password you use to check your OWA email). Students log in the same way to see their Moodle courses.

What if I forgot my password?
If you forget your password, you can change it by going to and clicking on the forgot password link. You can also call the Help Desk at x3727 between 8-5pm Monday to Friday.

How do I create a course in Moodle?
To create a course in Moodle, click on the appropriate “Course categories” or School Year on the right and then click the “add a new course” button on the bottom of the next page.

What if I need more help?
While most things in Moodle are pretty straight forward, if you have questions about a certain Moodle page, you can click on the little yellow circle at the bottom of each page and it will take you to the online documentation relating to that particular topic. Alternately, you can also search through the documentation at

What else can I do in Moodle?
You can upload content (Syllabi, reading lists, assignments, Documents, PowerPoint presentations, MP3, etc) for students to download. You can upload your notes and presentations for students so they can focus on what you are saying in class instead of rushing to copy down every word of your PowerPoint presentation. You can also continue discussions outside of class and engage “quiet” students, through forums and chats. Furthermore, you can decrease paperwork and make grading easier with online tests.

Are there more resources online?
There are some very good “how to” videos on a variety of Moodle topics on YouTube.

More questions?
You can email or call the ITS Help Desk.


ITS Help Desk

Contact: Contact Help Desk
Telephone: ext. 3727 (617-745-3727)
Location: First Floor, Nease Library
 Mon-Fri 8 AM to 5 PM