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Moodle: what it is and how it works
Moodle: what it is and how it works

Moodle is probably one of the best-known and most used educational platforms in the student world, so today we will show you what Moodle is and how it works.

Moodle is probably the best known tool in the world of teaching. It is a platform that on many occasions is personalized within the platform that both institutes and universities usually have. That is, if we are students, it is likely that we use it or that we have used it but we did not know it.

The levels of customization that Moodle has are really high because as it is such an expanded platform, most universities have commissioned its inclusion in the most systems so that it can be integrated more easily.

With Moodle we can send and receive messages to both teachers and classmates or if we are a teacher, we can make announcements to everyone the students in a simple way.

Moodle is usually a tool that serves as a guide for teachers, because it is usually used in situations where the teacher has a multitude of students and through this The platform will show you which group we belong to and, if applicable, the subject we take with it.

Log in

Probably one of the most complex variables to know, as it is such a widespread platform that we will probably find ourselves accessing Moodle even if we don't know it.

It should be noted that although we have a profile in Moodle, if we go to the login through the official Moodle page and enter the same email and password that we enter in the virtual classroom of our institute or university, it will give us an error because the only way we have to log into Moodle is through the platform that has been designated for us from the educational center itself.

When do we know we are in Moodle?

At all times we can be guided by the URL of the web page where we are, since the aesthetic appearance is probably differentwhat we are used to.

In the event that the URL is also personalized, the logo found in the page tab does usually correspond to the logo of the Moodle platform.


The interface that Moodle has is quite intuitive. First of all, as soon as we enter the platform, we will be shown our profile. In the upper right part, the following will appear:

  1. Mail: corresponds to the icon of an envelope and from here, we can both send and receive messages between both classmates and teachers.
  2. Notifications: It has the symbol of a bell and all notifications will be collected in it so that they can be consulted in a simple way.
  3. Messages: the messages correspond to the comments in the different forums within the subjects.

Send messages via mail

If we want to communicate with a teacher, the best way to do so is by sending an email through Moodle. To be able to send an email in Moodle we must follow the following steps:

  1. Choose the envelope icon located at the top right.
  2. Next, in the drop-down menu we will click on the blue button where it says “ Compose”.
Moodle: what it is and how it works
Moodle: what it is and how it works
  1. Then, we will choose the subject to which we want to send the message.
  2. We select “ Add recipients”. In this section we can filter between students and teachers.
Moodle: what it is and how it works
Moodle: what it is and how it works
  1. When we have found the teacher we want to communicate with, click on the “ To” button. It is also possible to select other teachers and students and put them in a copy.
  2. If we want to send a file in Moodle by mail, we must click at the bottom in the section “ Attachments”.
  3. To attach a file, we must click on the icon of the sheet of paper where a wizard will appear through which we can attach files. In general, the files that we can attach will be from up to 2 MB, unless the limit has been changed by the platform administrator.
Moodle: what it is and how it works
Moodle: what it is and how it works

When we receive emails through Moodle, in general, we will receive an email showing us the text of the email that we have received, although to answer the teacher, we must go to Moodle.

Make deliveries, consult tasks and see the agenda

If Moodle is characterized by something, it is its simplicity. To see everything related to a subject, it may be interesting to know how to see everything related to the subject.

Moodle: what it is and how it works
Moodle: what it is and how it works

Once we have selected the subject we want, then we will be shown different files uploaded by the teacher that can be related to the agenda or activities. Although we will always know what the content that we are going to view corresponds to because the vast majority of files have a descriptive name for them.

If we continue going down, we will find more files or tasks, although this fact will vary depending on how the subject has been organized in Moodle our teacher.

In the final part, there are different topics with the possibility of making deliveries of different tasks or jobs. Next we will show you the steps to follow to deliver a task:

  1. We select the task we have done in Moodle.
  2. Next, press the button located at the bottom where “ Attach delivery” is displayed.
Moodle: what it is and how it works
Moodle: what it is and how it works

We select the file from our computer, always taking into account its weight, and we send it

Moodle: what it is and how it works
Moodle: what it is and how it works

We can also make comments on the task in case we want to clarify any aspect of the work

Note that when we make a submission, Moodle will send us an email confirming that the task we just completed has been delivered correctly. We will also be notified when the teacher grades our work.

How to connect to the Moodle app

Moodle: what it is and how it works
Moodle: what it is and how it works

The Moodle app is unusual at first glance because it will ask you to enter the URL where you usually log into Moodle. As we have already mentioned, Moodle is integrated in a multitude of schools indirectly which have their own customization.

Of course, we would enter the URL of the Moodle website, but if we are using Moodle within an institution such as a university, it is best that we go to the help page where we will probably be provided with the URL to access from the mobile. Although it should be noted that not in all Moodle we can log in from the application

Limitations of the Moodle app

If we are going to use the Moodle application for mobile devices we must know that not all the functions of the web version are availableAll functions such as consulting the agenda, making comments or even submitting tasks are available.

What we will not be able to do is respond and not even read incoming emails, although as we say, we will receive a message in our email electronic. In the Moodle app it will simply appear that we have received an email from someone, although even by clicking on the notification we will not be able to see the text of the email.

The solution to the limitation of Moodle is the possibility of going to the platform through the browser of our mobile and from there access to all functions.

What did you think of the Moodle guide? Did you know everything you could do with Moodle?

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