Quick Guide to Using Moodle

Many Haverford College academic courses, committees, student groups, and other organizations use Moodle to share materials, discuss ideas, and collaborate on projects. Moodle can also be used to administer assignments, quizzes, and other types of assessments. Haverford’s Moodle system links in with similar Moodle systems at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore.

About Haverford’s Moodle Servers

Haverford has several different Moodle systems. The main system, moodle.haverford.edu, has academic courses for the current academic year. We have an additional Moodle system, moodlegroups.haverford.edu, that houses sites for departments, student groups, searches, and other adhoc groups.

Access to older academic courses is available for reference only from our Moodle archive servers.

Log into Haverford’s Moodle Servers

Anyone with a Haverford or Bryn Mawr email address, as well as Swarthmore users that are formally enrolled in a Haverford course, can log into moodle.haverford.edu and moodlegroups.haverford.edu. Others can gain access, as explained below.

  1. Go to moodle.haverford.edu or moodlegroups.haverford.edu
  2. Click on the log in link in the upper right corner.
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  3. Select your school on the Tri-Co Service Authentication page.
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    Illustration of TriCo service authentication page
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  4. Enter your username, using just the first part of your username. Do not include the @haverford.edu, @brynmawr.edu, or @swarthmore.edu.

Special instruction for Swarthmore users

Swarthmore users automatically get access to our Moodle servers only after they are officially registered for a Haverford course. However, we will create accounts to any Swarthmore user upon request. To get access before the registration process is complete, or just to view courses without formally registering, scroll to the bottom of the home page and submit a  Swarthmore Moodle account request form.

Access for people without a Haverford, Bryn Mawr, or Swarthmore account

We cannot typically allow access for off-campus users. However, if you teach a course on the Moodle system, and need to grant access to anybody that does not already have a Tri-college account, email hc-techlearn@haverford.edu with your request. We will see if there is an option that works in your situation.

Your Moodle Home Page

Once in the system, you will see your courses in the main area and some menus on the side of the screen. This is your Moodle home page, with your own courses listed. If you are a student, you will only see those courses that faculty have made available for you to view.

If you teach courses, or support faculty that teach courses, you will all courses that have been assigned to you. In the illustration below, we see two courses–one red in color and one grey in color. Red colored courses are visible to students. Grey courses are not visible to students. By default, course are NOT invisible. Faculty must make a course visible for students to see it. Students will only see courses that faculty have made visible.

Illustration of Moodle home page after logging in

Notice the Navigation menu drawer button Illustration of navigation drawer icon on top left of screenon the upper left side of your screen. This will be available from almost anywhere in Moodle.

The button toggles the navigation menu open and closed. When the navigation menu drawer is open, as illustrated, you have a quick way to jump around your courses. When the menu drawer is closed, you have more screen space for course content.

Illustration of navigation drawer toggle

Log out

Since Moodle contains personal information, including grades, be sure to log out when you are not using the system. To log out, click on your profile menu in the upper-right to get a drop down menu. Click the “logout” link.

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Learn More

Plenty of help is available if you are having trouble finding your courses, or looking for additional information about this system.