Moodle for students

On this page you will find instructions for working on the Moodle platform. Please note that these instructions have been made for the students. Teachers have their own instructions for using Moodle. However, these instructions could also be useful for a teacher who is not yet familiar with Moodle. In addition to these guidelines, you will also find Students frequently asked questions (FAQs – coming soon) about Moodle.

At the end of this article there are also some of the basic technical subjects that will be of use.

Logging in

There are different student groups in Omnia, who log in different ways.

A student with an ID
Sign in with your ID. You received them when you started your studies. You should learn your student number by heart and change your password every six months.

A student who does not have an ID
The Espoo Adult Education Centre / Valma / Pajat / YTO students have three options to create an account for Omnia’s Moodle

  • Use your email address and password
  • Sign in with a Google account (e.g. Gmail)
  • Login with Facebook account

Once you have chosen to sign up for Moodle, always use the same login method. Find more instructions here.

Manage your own information

There are a few tools in Moodle that enable you to modify what you see in Moodle. You can also specify what of your information can be seen by others. The page you see after logging in at is called your Dashboard which you can organise in many ways. Here are more instructions how.

Another user important button is the top right user menu. The User Menu allows you to view your own profile and assessments of your tasks, exams, and other graded activities. You will also find Moodle’s internal messages here and you can edit your settings. For example. you can select the primary language and check the settings for incoming notifications and messages. More instructions from the user menu can be found here.

Enrolling onto courses

There are different options for enrolling in to a course. It may be that a teacher or someone else will automatically enroll you on to your course.

If you have to self-enrol onto the course yourself, you will receive a course key (password) from your teacher.

If you need to self-enrol onto a course, this is how you can do it:

1a) If the teacher has provided you with the internet address (URL) of the course, you can use it by copying it into the address bar of your internet browser (Chrome, Firefox etc).

1b) Or if the teacher has only given you the name of the course, you can search for it inside Moodle. The search box is located at the top right of the Moodle site. Search for the name of the course you are going to take. When you find the right course, click on its name.

1c) If you can not find the right course, ask for the direct link from your teacher.

2) If you are not already logged in to Moodle, then Moodle will ask you to log in.

3) Finally, give the course key (password) if Moodle asks.

Types of Activities – What you need to know.

The most common types of activities in Omnia’s Moodle include Assignment, Forum, Quiz and h5p.

Teachers may also provide other Moodle activities such as Workshop, Database or a Learning Diary. There may also be some tools outside from outside of Moodle (such as Thinglink, Futural Skills, Google Forms, etc). Ask your teacher if you need guidance on these.

The assignment task is a return folder where your answers can be returned to the teacher. Submissions can either be text (written directly in the text box of the Moodle page), as a document (Word, PDF, etc) or in the PoodLL format (direct audio and video recording). Your teacher will tell you how to respond to the assignment. If the assignment is unclear, ask the teacher for more information.

The forum is a discussion area where you can ask questions or add comments. It can also be used to complete a task. For example, giving your opinions or your points of view can as requested by the teacher.

The discussion area works with a text editor, write what you want or what is expected of you. You can also add images and other media into your responses.

The quiz is not always a test. It can also be a collection of smaller tasks that the teacher has put together. Within the quiz, there may be mathematical calculations, essays (ie long text assignments), multiple choice questions, fill-the-blanks questions or drag-and-drop questions.

At the end of the quiz, always remember toclick SUBMIT and send your results to be graded. That is how the teacher knows you have completed your tasks.

Sometimes the quiz may also be a final exam for a course. In these cases, read and follow the instructor’s instructions carefully!

H5P is a Moodle’s extension that provides interactive content, such as tasks and presentations.

Your teacher may have created for you, for example, a video that has questions within it. It may also be series of images that have questions included. The tasks within H5P can also be short questions or images that enable the course to be better looking visually.

Completion Progress

The Completion Progress is a tool that allows you and a your teacher to see what progress you are making. Different colors are used for tracking progress. You often see progress tracking on the course page (i.e. the front page of the course) on the left. The colors can be grey, green, red and yellow.

  • Grey indicates a task you have not completed yet.
  • The task turns green when you have completed the task in the defined way (either marked as completed by you manually, you have looked through the material or returned the task and / or received an approved result).
  • The red mark will come if the task has had a deadline and you have missed it.
  • Yellow means you’ve almost done the job. It may have been left unfinished or you have forgotten to press the SUBMIT button at the end of the task.

The benefit of tracking is that you can easily track what needs to be done. The teacher also sees how the course is progressing and knows when to evaluate your submitted work.

Necessary general computer skills

Uploading a document
In Moodle, you could return a report directly by typing in a text editor, but also by attaching a file. Your teacher may ask you to return your report as a PowerPoint presentation, for example.

If this is the case, then do this:

Image 1. Open the assignment and click Add Submission.

Image 2. Click File Submission.

Image 3. Click Upload a File and the Attachment button. Choose a file from your computer.

Image 4. Save your changes and submit your file for evaluation.

Make a PDF
A PDF file (also called Portable Document Format), is a software-independent, transferable file format. It is a file format that will look the same regardless of which device and what program it is opening the file.

Moodle also has a tool which makes it easy for a teachers to directly comment on a PDF. PDF files can be created from within all Office programs (eg Word, Excel, PowerPoint) which can be found in school computers).

To create a PDF file in Office programs, you should do this:

From the top left, click File
Press Save as or Save in ADOBE PDF
If you clicked Save As, click PDF in the Format: drop-down table, and then click Save.
If you click Save in ADOBE PDF format, you can press Save directly.
However, keep in mind where to save, since then you can easily add the file to Moodle’s task-reset.

A screenshot, or a screen image, creates an image file of what you see on your screen at any time. You can find a PrtScr button on the computer keyboard to do this. Sometimes you have to press a second key (eg Fn, Alt, etc.).

Various instructions for taking a screen shot can be found here. After taking the screenshot, You can insert the image into a Word document. After that, you can save the file and upload it into a Moodle Assignment for example.

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