Since the launch of Moodle 4 on 17 July, LEaD’s Digital Education team have been busy updating City’s educational technology guidance and delivering Moodle training to staff (bookable via the LEaD Events Calendar).
From late August, all students will receive communications about the Digital Skills Assessment tool, Student Digital Skills Community and Learning with Moodle module (described in further detail below). New students will also receive communications offering them training on how to use Moodle 4, as part of the Digital Skills For Study workshop series.
From the 2023/24 academic year onwards, all students will find their new modules on Moodle 4, while returning students will find their older modules (prior to and including the 2022/23 academic year) on Moodle 3.9.
Links to Moodle on the Staff and Student Hubs are expected to update to the moodle4.city.ac.uk URL on 4 September 2023. To support our students as they learn more about Moodle 4, staff are advised of the following initiatives.
1. Moodle 4 user tours
You may have noticed a user tour pop up on your Dashboard the first time you logged into Moodle 4. User tours are step-by-step guides to different areas of Moodle.
When students log in to Moodle 4 for the first time, they will also have the option to run through a user tour. If they wish to replay a user tour, they can select the question mark image on the bottom right of their screen to reset it and play it again.
2. Student educational technology guidance
In Moodle 4, links to educational technology guidance for staff and students have been added to the City Links dropdown menu. From here, students can access educational technology guidance written specifically for them. The Moodle Guide for students includes:
- Guidance on all aspects of using Moodle from a student perspective, from submitting an assignment to participating in formative assessment activities.
- A Welcome to Moodle video which takes students through Moodle 4’s key functionality for their studies.
- Access to the Learning with Moodle module, which includes how-to screencasts, one-minute video tips and FAQs. Students can also practise submitting assignments to this module and try out different Moodle activities such as participating in a Forum.
3. Digital Skills Support
Digital Education’s Student Digital Skills team have drafted communications for all-student and School email lists. These introduce Moodle 4 to students and highlight a series of resources intended to help City students develop their digital skills – using Moodle and other educational platforms. The emails will include information on:
- The Student Digital Community, a Teams site that students can join to offer and receive peer support when using City’s digital technologies.
- Digital Skills for Study workshops, interactive sessions aimed at students who already have their City email and log in details so they can access City systems and platforms. The sessions include a mixture of information sharing and time for students to practice using City systems and apps needed for study, including Moodle.
- The Digital Skills Self-Assessment tool, which can be used by students to generate personalised suggestions on specific guides and LinkedIn Learning courses to help them improve their digital skills.