Moodle: Course Tools for Students

The Course Tools page collects together displays, links, and blocks that are especially useful for management of a student's course. You may access it by clicking the Course Tools link at the bottom of the table of contents for a course:

Table of contents link to Course Tools  which loads  Sample Course Tools Student page


Aside from the usual table of contents for course pages, the Course Tools page is divided into 2 sections:

  • Section 1 -- Standard Course Tools link with icon for students:

    • Name and picture of the student -- The picture is from registration or uploaded to your profile. See Moodle: Edit User picture.
    • Progress graph -- The course may designate certain activities as counting towards progress in the course when complete. These activities may be marked complete automatically, by an instructor, or by the student. This graph shows the percentage of such activities that have been completed, to indicate progress towards completion of the course.
    • Grade graph -- This graph shows the student's current grade for the course. Remember that if some assignments have not been graded, this grade may not be a good indicator of the likely final grade.  Clicking the grade graph has the same effect as the gradebook tile, described below.
    • Gradebook -- This tile displays the full gradebook from the student's perspective.
    • Students/Users -- this tile provides a report listing the students and instructors in the course. It includes first and last name, and role in the class. The name can be clicked to get email address, city and country, links to forum and blog posts and discussions, and links to send a message or add the user to your contacts.
    • Badges -- badges are a kind of award, recognizing achievement and displaying progress. They may be awarded for site-wide activities or activities in a course. This tile shows the badges that the student has been awarded. See Moodle: Badges for Students for more details.
    • Moodle Mail -- this tile provides access to a page of icons for using Moodle Mail. The options are the same as those in the Moodle Mail Block. See Moodle: Blocks: Moodle Mail Block (Students) for more details.
  • Section 2 -- Preset Course Tools blocks for students.  In addition, your instructor may add other blocks to the page.

    • Moodle Mail -- this is the standard block for Moodle Mail from the student's perspective.  See Moodle: Blocks: Moodle Mail Block (Students) for more details.
    • Calendar -- the calendar block can display site, course, group and or user events in addition to assignment and quiz deadlines, chat times and other course events.

Support & Training

The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) provides Moodle support by email, by phone, or live through Zoom. For contact information, please see the article Faculty Technology Center: LSU Overview. To connect through Zoom and for further information on support services and training, see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Faculty Resources & Support page.

The FTC also provides just-in-time faculty training opportunities and recorded training sessions. Attending at least one training session for Moodle upgrades is highly recommended. For a comprehensive list of available workshops and recordings, please see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Technology Training page.

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