Quick start

Accessing the moodle virtual learning environment (VLE) is straight forward, though if you are a first time user you should initially invest a little time to familiarise yourself with the interface layout and the types of tools and activities used on your courses.

The best way to understand Moodle is to start using it straight away. These Quick start pages will briefly cover the following topics:

  1. Logging in to Moodle;
  2. How to locate a course site;
  3. A brief look at a typical course site layout;
  4. Logging out of moodle.


After reading the quick start help, you should be at a point where you are able to log into moodle; find and access courses (including your own); and select resources from a typical course site. You may then either freely explore the moodle environment yourself or you can read about further moodle features in the Additional information section of these help pages. The Additional information pages cover a number of very general features about the moodle environment.

As well and exploring your own course site, you may find it helpful to open a second browser window and have the Student Guide to Using Moodle course site to hand. This course aims to provide a series of Help books about each moodle tool or major feature.


Which web browser should I use?

Moodle will work in any modern web browser, however, moodle works best in a a range of specific browser types (see below). Your browser should also have both cookies and javascript enabled. These are typically enabled by default, but if you think these settings might need enabling, check the documentation for your particular browser for how to do these.

To make best use of what moodle has to offer, it is recommended that uses choose a browser that supports moodle's in-line HTML editor. This is a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor with an interface much like you would see in most word processing packages (shown here).

HTML Editor

This in-line HTML editor will only appear if you use one of a specific range of browser types that knows how to start the editor. If you do not use one of these browser types, you can still use moodle just fine, but without the luxury of a WYSIWYG editor. Luckily, there is a supported browser that will work on all major operating system types. The list of supported and not supported browsers is shown below:

Browsers that support the HTML editor Browsers that do not support the HTML editor
Recent versions of:

Internet Explorer (v5.5 or later)
Firefox (all versions)
Mozilla (v1.7 or later)
SeaMonkey (all versions)
Netscape (v7 or later)

Any versions of: