Using the Moodle platform (Technical guide on the key functions of our online courses platform)
- Using Moodle
- Courses structure
- Assessment activities
- Making a late submission
- Submitting your assignment
- Originality Report
- Viewing assignment grades and feedback comments
- Resubmitting an assignment
- Accessing and printing Academic transcripts and certificates
- Students discussion forum (Student2Student)
- Payment system
The Peoples-uni course is powered by Moodle. The course website runs on the latest version, which is Moodle-3.2.2 It will be right to say that Peoples-uni are Moodle-3.0 compliant :). The course website is located at http://courses.peoples-uni.org and contains course modules (past and present), which are arranged categorically depending on the academic semester and year. From the screenshot below, the Modules semester 2017a category houses courses for semester A of the 2017 academic year while Modules semester 2016b is responsible for semester B of the 2016 academic year. The numbers adjacent to the category's name indicates the number of available course modules within that category. These are indicated with the black and red lines in the screenshots below
Clicking on any academic category will provide in detail; the courses, tutors responsible for the courses, and a brief description of the course module. The content of the course(s) can only be explored after logging into the course website. However, guest access (without login) are permitted to the Public Access Demonstration Module: Foundations of Public Health category and the Study Resources under which you have free access to the Academic Skills Course for New Students module.
Click on the information icon beside a module as highlighted in red in the screenshot above, to display the names of tutors facilitating the module and a brief description of the module. For instance the information icon for Biostatistics 17a would display the screenshot below:
You would need a username and password to login to the course website and these are usually sent to students after they have been registered in Peoples-uni. If you are a new student, please refer to the email you had received at the time of your registration with Peoples-uni. On the course website http://courses.peoples-uni.org click on the "Login" link as highlighted in the screenshot below
This takes you to the Login page where you would enter your username and password as shown below:
Once you have typed your username and password in the boxes, click on the Login button. In the event of an unsuccessful login or if you have any problem relating to the course website, please send an email to the Peoples-uni Helpdesk team (firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail)) stating your difficulty and you would be attended to immediately.
If you cannot remember your password, you can reset your password by yourself. To do this, go to the login page on the course website at http://courses.peoples-uni.org/login/index.php and click on the "Forgotten your username or password" link (in blue) below the username and password boxes as highlighted in red on screenshoot.
This takes you to a page where you will be required to input either your Username OR Email address (if you cannot remember your username) to search the Peoples-uni database.
After you have entered either your username or email address, click on the 'Search' button. Next click on the 'Continue' button as hightlighted in red below.
After that you would receive an email in your inbox with further instructions on how to reset your password. You will also find your username in the email, just incase you do not remember it.
Click on the 'Password reset' link contained in the mail. This would take you to a page where you can now enter your new password, and 'Save Changes'. (See screenshot below). Your new password must have at least 8 characters, at least 1 digit(s), at least 1 lower case letter(s), at least 1 upper case letter(s) and at least 1 non-alphanumeric character(s).
This is a new feature from our recent upgrade of the course website. At the top of every page on the course website, you would find a button with 3 lines (as highlighted in red on the screenshot below). This button is called a 'Collapsable menu' button and contains the navigation block. The collapsable menu button enables you to hide OR display the navigation block. Hiding the navigation block using the collapsable menu button gives you more space on your screen and you can display the navigation block whenever you need to navigate to other pages on the course website.
Your profile page contains all the relevant information about you, your personal details, the courses you have enrolled in or are currently enrolled in, date of your last access to the course website and so on. Your profile page can be accessed by your fellow students and tutors but students cannot see your personal or "sensitive" information like your reasons for enrolling with Peoples-uni, date of birth and so on. You too can view your tutors and fellow students profile by going to the participants page in your module (the participants link is located on the Collapsable menu at the top left side of the page).
To go to your profile page, click on the drop down arrow beside your name and click on Profile from the options (drop down arrow is highlighted in red and profile is highlighted in blue in the screenshot below)
You can make various changes to your profile such as uploading your picture, changing your email address or your contact address and so on. We always advise that you update your profile once you have a change in information, for example if you have changed your contact address or place of employment.
To update your profile, click on the drop down arrow beside your name and click on Profile from the options (as previously described).
Click on the "Edit profile" link on your profile page as highlighted in red in the screenshot above. An editing page displays as shown below:
To upload/change your profile picture, scroll down to the "User picture section". Click on the drop down arrow to expand the section. Next, Click on the "Add file" icon as highlighted in red in the screenshot below:
This takes you to the "File picker" page as shown below:
Click on the "Choose File" button to upload a picture from your computer. When you are done, click on the "Upload this file" button to upload your picture onto your profile. When you are done with uploading your profile picture as well as other changes on the editing page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the "Update profile" button.
A successful login to the course website takes you to your dashboard. The dashboard (formerly known as 'My home') is a customizable page that provides users with links to their courses and activities within them. It contains several blocks such as the Collapsable menu, Course overview block, Online users block, Students links block and so on.
You can customize your dashboard and rearrange the blocks as you wish, simply by clicking on the button 'Customise this page' on the top right of the page, and using the arrows on the blocks to rearrange or move them.
Clicking on the button 'Customize this page' displays the editing buttons that would enable you customize your dashboard. The screenshot below is the course overview block at the center of your dashboard:
*The button highlighted in blue enables you to drag (move) the block upwards or downwards
*The button highlighted in red takes you to the block settings where you can either configure, hide or delete the block.
More details and screenshots can be found in the section 'Blocks on your dashboard or course page'
Note: If you have navigated to some other page on the course website (for example, your course page) from your dashboard, and you wish to go back to your dashboard, simply go to your user menu on the top right (you would find your name and profile picture) and click on the drop down arrow to display its contents. Click on 'Dashboard' from the list of options.
You can send and receive messages to and from other users and also be notified of events like discussion forum posts. You can access your messages either by clicking on the 'Message icon' highlighted in blue to view your messages, when there is an unread message, the message icon will have a number beside it OR click on 'Messages' highlighted in red from the drop down icon beside your name and profile picture on the top left of the Moodle page as shown on the screenshot below.
The messaging screen has two sections named 'Messages' and 'Contacts' at the left side of the page. The message section display your messages while the contacts section display your contacts. The search box at the upper left side allows you to search for your messages or contacts depending on which section you have selected. You can click on the sender’s message to display the content of the message at the right side of the page. You can directly reply a message by typing in your message in the message box at the bottom of the page and click on send as highlighted in blue, your sent message would be shown in the conversation box.
To send messages, add contact and block a contact, you can click on the sender’s name at the upper part of the message window as highlighted in red on the screenshot above, it takes you to the page shown below. On this page, clicking on 'Send message' highlighted in red, takes you back to the message page where you can send a message to your contact. You can add the sender as a contact by clicking on the 'Add contact', with this link you can also remove the contact, and the 'Block contact' button shown in red allows you to block a contact.
You can delete your messages by clicking on 'Edit' as highlighted in black from the screenshot below
On the page, you can either delete all messages by clicking on 'Delete all' as highlighted in black, or select the messages you wish to delete by clicking on Select messages to delete, after you have selected the messages you wish to delete, then click on 'Delete selected message' button at the bottom of the page. You can go back to the normal page by clicking on Cancel as highlighted in blue on the screenshot shown below.
How to send message to another user (Tutors, Student, Student Support Officer, Module leader)
To send a message to another user in Moodle, go to the collapsable menu at the left side of your course page and click on the "Participants" link as highlighted in blue on the screenshot below.
Next search for the user's name (example your Module leader's or SSO's name) on the participant page.
Click on the user's name to go to their profile and click on the "Message" button at the top of the page as highlighted in red, to send a message. You can alo click on “Add to your contacts” button as highlighted in black, to add the user to your contact.
You can choose to be notified when you receive a new message or when some other events occur such as new forum posts. To access these settings, go to your profile page, click on the drop down arrow beside your name and then click on 'Preferences'.
On the 'Preferences' page click on 'Message Preference '
On the message preferences page, you can choose to block messages from users not on your contact list by clicking on the check box beside ‘Prevent non-contacts from messaging me’. You can configure how you would like to receive email notification when you are login or not logged in to Moodle by turning on or off the online button in green when login or turning on or off the offline button in red when logged out of Moodle.
Peoples-uni users can set how emails from forums are sent to them. This is called email digest type. There are three types of email digest modes available for users to choose from.
No digest - Users receive emails from forums on every post
Complete – Daily email with full post (One mail per day with all post)
Subject – Daily email with subjects only (One mail per day with subjects of the posts only)
To change email digest types, on the preferences page, click on 'Forum preferences' as highlighted in red from the screen shot below. Then choose the option that applies to you from the email digest drop-down, when done click on save changes .
Blog (web log) or blogging is like a diary entriy about personal experiences and hobbies. It is usually maintained by a user, and could contain regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events etc. People blog anything, keep track of discoveries, solutions to research problems, etc. and can share this information to others who share the same interest and passion alike. You can register your external blogs to your profile. To access these settings, go to your profile page, click on the drop down arrow beside your name and then click on 'Preferences'.
In the Blog drop-down menu, on the 'Preferences' page, 'Blog preferences' sets the number of blog entries to be displayed, while 'External blogs' and 'Register an external blog' are used to manage external blog integration to your Peoples-uni profile. Remember to click the 'Save Changes' button when done.
The Collapsable menu (located at the left side) where you can see the Dashboard link and the Course overview block (located at the center) contain links to the module(s) you are currently enrolled in as well as past modules (if you are a returning student).
You can access your course page by clicking on the module from either the Collapsable menu (on the left) or the Course overview block (at the center).
The contents that you find on your dashboard or course page are contained in blocks hence there are several blocks conveying different information on a particular page. Examples of some of the blocks is shown in the screenshots below
Each course module is divided into 5 Topics, each of which lasts for two weeks. You should keep to this timetable (which is posted in the module Introduction, for a smooth progress in learning and participation in discussions throughout the semester. Tutors will help you through each of the Topics by introducing a discussion question on the Discussion forum at the start of each Topic, and by moderating the discussion. Because everyone is in a different time zone, and has other jobs to do, you can read the resources and join the discussion at any time - but try to keep to the week by week timetable so that you can benefit from the views and experience of the tutor and other students. Because there are no classes, as in a traditional educational programme, discussion forums are an avenue to engage with your tutor(s) and fellow students. Each Topic starts with a 'Headline competence' which describes knowledge and skills expected to be obtained from that Topic, and the 'Assessment Criteria' which is a break down of the learning outcome into smaller objectives and gives you an idea on how you would be assessed in the assignments.
The way to work is to read the resources in the Topic, and then join the discussion about these resources. When you go to the module, you will see 5 Topics. Go to the first one and you will see .
If you click on that, you will see the list of resources, and you click on each of them to read them. You can also download them to your computer in the section called zip files which contain most of the resources as pdf files. You will find a zip file in each Topic with most of the resources that you need for the module which are also contained in the Resources section of the Topic.. You can download the zip file to your computer or flash disc and read at your leisure without logging on each time. This is useful if you have Internet access problems. Of course you will need to log on to respond to the discussions. Reading the resources in each Topic is the key to the study.
You will also see
and when you click on that you will be able to see the discussions on this Topic and join in. By posting to the discussion forum, everyone gets a copy of the posting by email, and then you can reply by clicking 'reply' at the bottom of the message (this will take you to the module site and you will have to log in with usual username and password and then reply). Or you can post after reading the previous discussions once you are in the discussion forum section.
The key issue is for you to look at the resources so that you are able to meet the competences and assessment criteria (sometimes termed learning outcomes) which are listed at the start of each of the 5 Topics. Just looking at the resources may not be enough, so joining the discussion forum to share experiences and explore issues and understanding is helpful, and an important part of the course. Discussion contributions from the students should focus on critically appraising/assessing the evidence.
Taking part in the discussion is an important aspect of your learning on each Topic. You will find that sharing your thoughts with other participants will deepen your understanding about the Topic. Try to think of this discussion as a face to face meeting. Be prepared to make an active contribution and offer your ideas but also comment on the messages that other participants have made. The aim of this learner-centred course is that as students you teach each other.
There is also a 'Question and Answer' forum in some Topics for you to ask any questions about the resources (this applies to those in the Biostatistics module only). This is separate from the Discussion forums where you discuss the educational aspects of the material.
Every module in Peoples-uni has a Module leader, a number of tutors and most likely a Student Support Officer (SSO). The names of these persons are written on the time-table which is located on your course page. If you do not understand the reading topic materials, you can contact let them know either through the SSO forum (for Student Support Officer) or the topic discussion forum (for Module leader and tutors). If you would prefer to send a private message to any of them, you can go to their profile through the 'Participants' list on the left side of the course page, and send a message. Alternatively, you can write to the Helpdesk and request that your message be forwarded to your module leader/tutor/SSO.
Messages from the discussion boards- All messages posted in discussion forums are copied to the emails of those registered as students or teachers in a given module. In the email, you will see this at the bottom:
Clicking on one of these takes you to the discussion board and you will have to log in and can then reply. A reply within your own e-mail system only gets sent to the person you are replying.
Reply to forum via Email - You can reply to post from the discussion forums in your module through your email address reply link without logging in to the course site. To reply to a forum post using your email, Click on the Reply button or Reply link as highlighted in red and blue respectively from the your email inbox to type in your contribution. Please see screenshot below:
To view discussions between your tutors and fellow students in a given topic and to post your contribution to the discussion, click on the discussion forum in the topic section.
This takes you to the discussion page. Click on the discussion topic to display all posts from participants in the discussion forum.
To post your contribution to the topic, click on the 'Reply' link at the bottom left of your tutor's post.
Enter the Subject of the discussion and Message in the text boxes provided. When done, hit the Post to forum button. The system is designed to send your forum post 30 mins after you hit the Post to forum button. This gives you the opportunity to re-edit your forum posting should the need arise.
For those with poor internet connection or wanting to send in a long contribution, you can have the forum message typed and saved as plain text using a text editor (e.g. notepad). The next step is - copy the content from the text editor or text file and paste in the forum message textbox. You can then properly format the plain text to suit your need before hitting thePost to forumbutton.
In some cases, students could be shared into groups in a course unit. When this happens, you will be informed and your group communicated to you. Each group will have a set of online facilitators that will assist the students through the learning process. These group modes apply to the discussion forums, messages viewed and posted to the forum. Members of a group, for example Group A can only post and receive message notifications of posts from their group members only. However, they can view the activites of the other groups but cannot participate and receive message notification.
To send forum messages to your group, select the desired discussion forum. Notice the 'Visible groups' dropdown menu in the screenshot with red indication.
We have a newly installed facility in the course website, and it is known as Course Completion Tracking. This new feature whose sole aim is to monitor your progress in your different courses, has been enabled from topic 3 to topic 5 in all courses.
The course completion feature shows with check boxes a) whether you have accessed the resources available for the different topics, b) whether you have posted at least one message in each discussion forum for the different topics and c) whether you have submitted, as well as received grades for the first and final assignment (first assignment is applicable only for the Biostatistics course).
To continually inform you on your progress in the activities completed in any course registered for, there is a course completion status block. This is located at the bottom right of every course and informs you on your progress so far. The block gives you a completion update on your progress to the required activities.
Clicking on the More details link gives you a detailed description on the status of the required activities.
There are two assessment methods that can be used to assess students understanding in Peoples-uni courses. These are Quiz and Assignment.
Many of the Topics include a quiz – this is marked automatically, and does not count towards credit, but can help you assess your understanding in the topic.
Final assignments are made available in the Topic 5 section of all modules.The assignment will come in Topic 5 (Biostatistics modules also has an assignment in Topic 2). The assignments are posted at the discretion of the module leaders but usually between the end of topic 4 and the first week of topic 5. Please read the sections about assignments in the student handbook (on the web site), particularly the section that requests that the assignment must be your own work. Full details of how to submit an assignment are given in the handbook. These assignments go towards academic credit and feedback is given by the tutors. If you do not pass, there is an opportunity to re-submit.
You should also read the "Instructions for final assignment" document also in Topic 5 as it contains important tips you need to know about your assignment submission. For example, the due date for assignment submission in all modules.
You should only request an extension if you are facing serious unforeseen circumstances. You are expected to plan your work so it is ready for submission a few days before the Due Date, to protect against some unforeseen circumstances (e.g. IT problems, or sudden illness). If you do need an extension, you need to request this before the Due Date by emailing email@example.com, giving cogent reasons for your request.
As also stated in the Instructions for final assignment, you can still submit your final assignment within Ten (10) after its due date. The Tenth (10th) day after an assignment's due date is called the Cut-off date and no student would be able to submit an assignment after this date. Students who submit assignments during this period would not be able to make changes to their submissions if they find out their similarity scores are above 20%. Also their submissions can only obtain a maximum of 50% marks. It is important to take note of this should you decide to submit your assignment after the due date.
Before you submit your assignment, please make sure you have followed the instructions on the assignment itself and that you have read the relevant sections in the Student Handbook. As a result of the recent upgrade on our eLearning platform and an advancement of the Turnitin plagiarism software, a few changes have been made to the assignment submission process. To submit your Final assignments, please follow the steps below:
To submit your assignment, click on the Final assignment activity in the Topic 5 section which looks like this:
Next you would see a submission summary page similar to this:
As shown in the screenshot above, there are two tables on the submissions summary page. The first table contains the following:
Title: the name of assignment module
Start date: the date students can start submitting their assignment
Due date: the date assignments are due for submission
Post date: the date when grades would be released
Marks available: the overall grade for the assignment (100)
Summary: this section contains other information relating to the assignment
The second table contains the following:
Submission title: the title or file name of your assignment
Turnitin paper id: Turnitin id generated for your submission
Submitted: the date and time of your submission
Similarity: your plagiarism/similarity score
Grade: your grade
Submit paper link
To submit your assignment, click on the 'submit paper' link. This takes you to a file upload page as shown below:
Type in your submission title in the format EjiroPUDMEP15a20_05_15
Click on 'Add file' icon to upload your file
A popup 'File picker' will appear on your screen. If 'Upload a file' is not already selected on the left hand side-bar part of the window, select 'Upload a file'.
*Once 'Upload a file' is selected in the side-bar, click 'Choose File' in the center part of the window (it appears next to Attachment).
*Navigate to and select the file you want to upload into Moodle and then click on Open.
*Click 'Upload this file' in the center part of the window that opened.
*After Moodle uploads the file, click 'Add Submission'.
*Next you would see a page informing you that “your submission has successfully been uploaded to Turnitin”, with your turnitin submission id and an extract of your submission.
There are different ways to tell an assignment has been submitted.
1. Once an assignment has been submitted you will receive a message telling you that your assignment has been successfully submitted to Turnitin and a digital receipt of your submission would be sent to your inbox.
2. You can also verify from the 'course overview' block on your dashboard. The 'Course overview' block is located at the center of your dashoard and contains all the modules you have been enrolled in Peoples-uni.
To see the status of a particular assignment, click on the link 'You have Turnitin Assignment 2s that need attention' below the name of the module.
Once assignment has been uploaded, it goes through the plagiarism detection service. This feature is powered by Turnitin, and is fully integrated with the Assignment modules on the Peoples-uni e-learning website.
With the new integration, a similarity score and an originality report are immediately generated for an assignment and once they are available, students are able to view their originality report, make changes to their submission if they wish to, and submit again. For subsequent submissions, it takes up to 24 hours to generate a similarity score and originality report.
To submit again after seeing your similarity score, simply click on the Submit paper link and follow the steps as described above. Your new document immediately replaces the old one, so you do not have to worry about deleting your first document. If you want to submit again, it would be safer to make a little change to your file name/submission title, that is if you used for first name in your first submission, you can replace your first name with your last name for your second submission. For instance: EjiroPUDMEP15a20_05_15 and EkpogbePUDMEP15a20_05_15.
Please note the following:
*You can only edit your submission until the assignment due date.
*If you have been granted an extension to submit your assignment after the due date, please note that you would not be able to edit your assignment and submit again, once you have made your first submission.
A similarity score indicates the degree to which an assignment is copied from other sources. As a guide, your similarity score should not exceed 20%. This is only a guide! It is possible to have a lower score and still have plagiarised others’ ideas, and in theory a higher similarity score may be defensible. The important point is to NEVER copy other text without putting it into direct quotation marks and citing the source correctly.
Turnitin offers you the opportunity to examine your submission for copied text.Therefore it is important that you submit your assignment in time and before the due date so that you can have enough time to view and interpret your originality report and you can then edit your assignment and submit a new version.
Please note that your assignment cover page and file name should still read FIRST SUBMISSION. RE-SUBMISSION is only used after you have been graded and asked to resend your assignment.
If you have any questions to ask, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail).
Once an originality report is available, a similarity score and a corresponding color indicator appears in the Similarity column on the submission page. See screenshot below:
The score in percentage is the plagiarism score after the check. This is the percentage of the uploaded document that the plagiarism detection feature has identified as being matched against other sources. The corresponding color is the category in which the similarity score belongs to. The similarity percentage range runs from 0% to 100% and is linked to a corresponding color which are:
Blue - No matching words
Green - 0 word to 24% matching text
Yellow - 25% to 49% matching text
Orange - 50% to 74% matching text
Red - 75% to 100% matching text
To view the originality report, click on the similarity score/color indicator as highlighted in red in the screenshot above.
To view the originality report, click on the similarity score/color indicator highlighted in red in the similarity layer on the submissions page. The Originality report for an assignment is opened on your browser containing your assignment and a similarity match overview:
The top side (labelled 1) gives information about the uploaded document. The left side (labelled 2) shows your submitted document, and on the matches it found on the right side (labelled 3). The results of the plagiarism check is found in label 3. Using the screenshot above, the plagiarism service has given a breakdown of the percentage of matches found from various sources on the internet. The colour coding provided in the left and right sides, makes identifying the matches found from the document on the left and the sources on the right easy. For easy manoverability, click on any of the numbers in the right side panel to take you to that point in the document where that match starts.
There are two ways to view the report of the matches found on the uploaded document:
Once your assignment has been graded, you would be able to view your grades and feedback from the assignment post-date as explained in the section 'How to submit an assignment' above. To view your grades and feedback comments, click on the Final assignment activity in Topic 5 and on the Submission page that appears, you would see your grade on the Grade column.
Click on the Active layer highlighted in red, ensure to tick the Grading and Similarity boxes as shown in screenshot below :
*Turnitin packages your assignment, grading form, grade and other feedback comments in one document called 'GradeMark report' and you can download and print it for your own use.
Watch this video to better understand how to view your marker's feedback
This takes you to your 'Grade report' page as shown below.
To download a soft copy of your transcript for past or current courses, scroll to the bottom of the grade report page and click on the relevant link.
To set up an instalment plan, please click here and enter the desired amount in the different textboxes provided.
Using the above screenshot as an example, one can enter £500 each in each textbox. This means the student will pay £500 in three instalments at the desired time.