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How to use the Site

How to use the Site

The purpose of this site is to give you a feel for how a real Moodle using school operates. As a guest you can only view the courses; you can't participate. To have a clearer understanding and some working examples, it's better to use Moodle "in character" so we've set up some accounts already and you are very welcome to log in with them.

Whether you want to be a student, a teacher, a manager, a parent or use another account - you have a role to play in VACID Africa E-Learning Plaform


Assume the role of a manager and see how you can build, supervise and manage things across the VACID Africa E-learning platform the site principal.

Below, we have listed how to do and features they have:

1. Login

2. Return to this screen (automatic!), logged in as Your name

3. Browse the example(s) you will have the ability to see:

  • edit the front page settings;
  • post the latest news updates;
  • set up a "sandpit" course for staff to practise Moodle;
  • set up grading scales that teachers sitewide can use;
  • customize individual words and phrases throughout the site;
  • access any course or category on the site without being (shown as) a course teacher or having an enrollment key;
  • access, create, edit or delete any courses and categories;.
  • browse a list of all site users
  • add a new user;
  • perform actions on users in bulk;
  • create sitewide cohorts;
  • access logs of all activity reports on the site;
  • check the permission of individual users;
  • edit the default roles;

Please note: Each site must also have an Administrator role. Administrator role has ALL possible capabilities on the site (slightly more than the Manager) and often involves technical set up of the site, configuration, maintenance and working closely together with Manager(s) to avoid clashing sitewide settings.


See some of the ways in which VACID Africa E-Learning platform can be used by a parents.

Parent role is a specially created and customised Moodle role. You can create ANY new or adjust existing role in Moodle to suit your needs (for example, Parent may be renamed to Mentor and have the settings slightly changed to suit the purpose).

As a Parent, you can only see your children's grades and other details per each course. In the profile of your child, you click on the name of the course you want to see details for.

Below, we have listed a few examples you can jump to straight away. Steps:

1. Login as 'parent', password 'moodle' (direct link here!)

2. Return to this screen (automatic!), logged in as Parent Name

3. Browse the Details you will be able to see the:

  • customise My Home with quick access to your children's details
  • view your child's profile,
  • read your child's grades in a course
  • read your child's activity in a course
  • read your child's blog posts
  • exchange messages with your children's teacher
  • participate in the Parents & Citizens committee


Explore VACID Africa E-Learning Platform they have t

Below, we have listed a few examples you can jump to straight away. Steps:

1. Login if already registered

2. Return to this screen (automatic!), logged in as Your Name.

  • Post in a forum and attach a file, upload an image and insert a video as supporting evidence.
  • Complete a Choice activity.
  • Start to complete a Lesson activity.
  • Access a folder of resources.
  • Access a game-like online learning object (IMS package).
  • Open a downloadable PowerPoint? presentation the teacher made available to the class.
  • Check the latest news & notices from the teacher to the class.
  • Check Calendar events and add one.

Assessment and evaluation:

  • Submit an assignment and get a grade with teacher feedback.
  • View a marking guide to help with an assignment submission
  • View a rubric to help with an assignment submission
  • Get feedback on an assignment with a rubric
  • Check own course grades.
  • Check (self) marked items indicating completion.
  • Complete a quiz and review the answers.
  • Complete a workshop where you submitt your own material and assess the work of peers.
  • Export an item to an external portfolio such as Google docs (Note: you need a Google docs account to try this)


  • Insert an language audio clip into glossary and let peers comment on it.
  • Collaborate with classmates in a wiki
  • Try to solve a mathematical problem together with her classmates.
  • Add an item to the class database of resources for others to use and comment on.
  • Add an item to the class glossary to build common understanding.


  • Post and comment on a blog entry.
  • Blog about a particular course activity.
  • Comment on a course page (see Comments block).
  • Send a Message to a friend.
  • Participate in a Chat.


  • Customise My Home page.
  • Customise My Profile page.
  • Upload Private files.
  • Use tags to find people, blogs, courses with similar interests
  • Insert an image from Flickr sharing site.
  • Access a direct link to an external website.
  • Insert a video from YouTube? sharing site.
  • Have a role renamed ('Editor') and permissions expanded in a course.
  • Insert a widget on her My Home page.


Set activities in your courses, manage students and explore many other things in VACID Africa E-Learning Platform

Provide Learning Resources

  • Upload a file (PowerPoint?) in your course for simultaneous access by students.
  • Make a folder of files available to students.
  • Create linked pages as a "book" for presenting information to colleagues (or students)
  • Upload your own Private files (see My private files block) to use in different courses when needed.
  • Set up a Lesson activity to engage students with the topic background.
  • Insert an external online learning object (IMS package) for students to practise media skills,
  • Set up a direct link to an external website for one-click access by students.
  • Insert a useful course video from YouTube? sharing site.
  • Publish a forum discussion (Moodle activity) to an external site for later use (needs YOUR account, eg Google).

Assess and evaluate:

  • Set an assignment and submission deadline for students to complete
  • Gave a grade, outcomes and feedback on a student assignment.
  • Set up and use a Marking guide to assist students and colleagues
  • Set up a rubric to grade a student assignment
  • Check the grades of students in your course.
  • Comment and check the history of wiki edits to see contributions.
  • Check for students' progress in the course by looking at activities completed.
  • Analyse student answers in a Lesson activity to check for the level of prior knowledge
  • Set up a quiz and analyse the results to check student understanding.
  • Set up and analyse a feedback form to improve your output.
  • Complete a safety induction (SCORM activity).

Encourage collaboration

  • Start a course forum to allow all students to start and reply to course-related conversations.
  • Set up and participate in a Chat with students to give instructions from remote location.
  • Set up a database for all members of the course to add and comment on items.
  • Set up a glossary for students to create and refine as they learn more about the concept.
  • Enable students to enter language audio clips in a glossary and comment on peers' entries.
  • Invite students to jointly solve a mathematical problem.
  • Create a wiki where students can collaboratively create great answers to possible exam questions (click highlighted page links, see Comments too).
  • Set up a workshop activity to encourage peer evaluation (check different stages).
  • Find a useful course on Community Hub to get ideas and collaborate with colleagues from around the world(see 'Community finder' block).
  • Create an area that can be accessed only by colleagues in your department to share, ask, help and suggest.
  • Access a staff-only area to share things with colleagues and access important documents.


  • Enter site-wide, course-wide and private notes about different students (confidential, seen only by selected users).
  • Comment on the course page to inform students. (see Comments block)
  • Set up a choice activity to easily gather responses on an issue.
  • Send a private Message to a colleague
  • Import a blog you already have online and then display its posts inside your Moodle blog
  • Set up an external course-relevant news feed for instant access by students (see News on the page),
  • Add Recent Activity block to allow students to see what has happened since their last login.
  • Provide the latest written notices and instructions to students to cut down on procedural explanation time.
  • Keep students up to date by entering events in the Calendar.
  • Comment on a blog entry by a student.


  • Customise My Home, a personal dashboard of courses and reminders.
  • Customise your My Profile page that others seee
  • Set up groups of students depending on their answers in another activity.
  • Find people with similar interests at school.
  • Check the online activity of students to ensure safety.
  • Set up a conditional activity that remains hidden until students reach certain criteria(course page, see info, students see it greyed out.
  • Insert a customised widget (HTML block) on the course page for frequent use by students (see Clean Water Search Engine),
  • Allow concepts to be auto-linked to students' explanations of the word or phrase in the Glossary.