OP Moodle is Otago Polytechnic's online learning site for students. In this guide you will be introduced to the basics of accessing course resources and activities available to you.
Logging in to OP Moodle
You can access Moodle directly from the Student Hub webpage:
- To get to the Student Hub, you will need to log in to OP, using your network or Moodle username and password.
2. Once logged in, your courses will load in the Moodle window. You can access them directly from here.
Login through the Moodle website
You can also go directly to the OP Moodle website:
Go to: http://moodle.op.ac.nz/
Choose the login option 'Students & Staff' on the left, then enter your student username and password into the login area
Click Sign in
Access your courses from the My Courses area of your Dashboard
If you are a first time visitor you should have received your username and password in the letter acknowledging your enrolment.
Please contact the IT Support Service Desk if you have any problems using OP Moodle.
If you can log in to OP Moodle but can't find your course, the document, link or activity that should be available, seek support from your teacher.
Once you have logged into OP Moodle, the first thing you should do is check your profile.
To update your profile:
Click on your name (at the top right-hand corner of the page)
From the dropdown menu, select Profile
Click on Edit profile, within the User details section
Ensure your Email address is set to something you reguarly check as you tutor may email you important information
Click Update Profile
We also recommend you change your Email digest type so you don't get so many emails when posting to forums.
To change your forum preferences:
Click on your name (at the top right-hand corner of the page)
From the drop down menu, select Preferences
Under User account, click on Forum preferences
Alongside Email digest type, select Complete (daily email with full posts)
- Click Save changes
Talk to us
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Become familiar with your online learning environment. Follow the link below to find out how your course will run, what is expected of you and how to find support for your learning.
From January 2021, OP Moodle will be using version 3.9, which includes some new features and improvements.
Improved Moodle Dashboard
The course overview block enables learners to check their course completion progress.
The course overview is displayed on your dashboard and displays three dropdowns:
• An option to sort by All, In progress, Future, Past, Starred or courses that have been Removed from view
• An option to display courses by Course name or Last accessed
• An option to display course by Card, List or Summary view.
Starred and hidden courses
To 'star' (bookmark) a course, click the three dots by its name and then click 'Star this course’
To hide a course, click the three dots by its name and then click 'Remove from view'
Courses may be filtered by ‘Starred’ or 'Removed from view’ courses. Alternatively, for starred courses, the ‘Starred courses’ block may be added to your dashboard.
The Timeline block provides an overview of deadlines for learners. Deadlines may be sorted by dates or by course.
To customise your Dashboard click on 'Customise this page'. Watch the video below to see how.
New messaging interface
Messaging enhancements bring greater control over who can message you along with the ability to star messages or engage in group messaging:
A number at the top of the screen reflects the number of people who have sent new messages
Clicking the icon displays the messaging drawer, divided into starred messages, group messages and personal messages
Contacts and contact requests may be accessed from the Contacts link
To add a message to your starred (favourited) messages, a star may be added by clicking the three dots when viewing a message
From the three dots, messages may be muted, so that email notifications of new messages are no longer sent
Personal messaging space - Each user now has their own starred area where they can add draft messages, links and notes for later use
Online users block
The 'Online users' block shows a list of users who have been logged into Moodle.
- The list is updated on a regular basis (the default is every 5 minutes).
Clicking the message icon next to somebody's name, you will be able to send a private message to that person (using Moodle's messaging system)
If you have the 'Online users' block added to your course, you can hold the cursor over somebody's name to see how long ago that person was last "seen" in the course.
If separate groups are enabled in a course, and this block is added onto the course page, only members of the group will be visible to other group members within the 'Online users' block
Even though a user may have been logged into a course within the last 5 minutes, it does not necessarily mean that this user is still online.
Go to top
Being able to swiftly move to the top of the screen is one of the many usability improvements.
The Forum activity includes improved accessibility and signification new features:
Replying to discussions - Similar to when starting a new discussion, the reply box appears inline, allowing the user to quickly respond. If a more detailed reply is needed, for example, needing the editing toolbar or attachment box, clicking Advanced will display the full version.
Star discussions - Discussions may be favourited or 'starred' either by clicking the three dots to the right of the discussion or by clicking directly on the star. This is an individual setting and will move the discussion to the top of the discussion list, under any pinned discussions.
Sort discussions - Discussions may be sorted by replies, last post or created, by clicking the linked words at the top of the discussion list.
Viewing, printing, editing and authoring documents
Microsoft Office 365 is available free while you are a student at OP. You can find more details through the Office 365 page.
The free Open Office Suite will also allow you to view and edit files. Browsers other than Internet Explorer work better with this software.
Viewing & printing documents only
Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) for .pdf documents
Students planning to study online courses will require access to these things:
Such as Outlook which you can access through Microsoft Office 365. Or an online email account like Gmail or Hotmail.
We recommend using Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
Software for playing common audio and video files either as a standalone software (e.g. Windows Media Player, iTunes, QuickTime, VLC media player) or plug-ins to your internet browser (e,g, Flash).
For displaying PDF files.
Either Microsoft Word, Open Office, Google Docs, or some other equivalent.
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