Navigation and Features

Moodle Dashboard

After logging into Moodle, the Dashboard is the first screen that you will see. The dashboard will show all the visible classes that you're currently enrolled in. The dashboard is also customizable so you can quickly access your current courses and other information.

Dashboard Overview

The following is based on the default view of the Dashboard and does not reflect any customizations you might have made.


1. Top Left Toolbar
2. Top Right Toolbar
3. Customize This Page
4. Recently Accessed Courses
5. Course Overview
6. Latest News
7. Timeline
8. Upcoming Events


Customize Your Dashboard

Editing Existing Blocks
Adding New Blocks

Course Cards

The following is what a course card looks like if the Dashboard is set to show Cards. Similar features are available in the List or Summary views.


  1. The name and department of the course. To view the full course name, choose the List or Summary views.
  2. Click here for options to Star or Hide the course. Starred and hidden courses can then be filtered.
  3. If course completion is enabled, this shows the percentage of course activities that you've completed.


Course Navigation

After you click on a course in your Moodle Dashboard, you will be taken to the course home page. The content of each course home page will vary depending on how your instructor has designed the course, but the following features are typical of each course.


1. Moodle Toolbar: this toolbar remains the same on any Moodle page. Its features are described on the Moodle Dashboard page.

2. GradCapIcon.pngthe course short name will appear here. You can click here from any course page or activity to return to the course home page.

3. ParticipantsIcon.png: click here to view a list of your classmates and instructor for this course.

4. GradesIcon.png: click here to view your grades for this class. Visit the page on Checking Grades and Feedback for more information about this section.

5. FolderIcon.png: each section in the course will be listed here. Instructors often organize their courses by topic, lesson, or unit.

6. DashboardIcon.png: click here to go back to your Moodle Dashboard.

7. CalendarIcon.png: click here to view your Moodle Calendar.

8. GradCapIcon.pngthe rest of your current courses will appear here. Click the course short name to quickly switch between course pages.

9. Breadcrumbs: this list (referred to as Breadcrumbs because it shows your way home) appears at the top of every course page. Clicking the sections will bring you to that area of Moodle.

10. Course Information: this section typically contains overall course information like the syllabus and announcement forum. The content will vary for each course.

11. Course Sections: each course section contains the resources for that topic, lesson, or unit. Click the arrow to expand the section and see its contents. See the Common Moodle Tasks chapter for more information. 

13. Instructor Information: many online courses will have instructor information on the course page. Use this information if you need to contact your instructor.

14. Course Blocks: Additional course blocks will appear here depending on what the instructor has included in the course.


Communicating in Moodle

There are a variety of ways to communicate with your classmates and instructor in MLC courses. Please be sure to check the course syllabus to find your instructor's preferred method of communication.

Moodle Messenger


Text Editor Features

Nearly every text box in Moodle has a wide variety of formatting and editing features. Use the icons in the toolbar to access these features.


  1. Expands the toolbar to show the second row of icons.
  2. Changes the style of the text. These styles are predetermined by the Moodle administrator.
  3. Bold
  4. Italic
  5. Bulleted List
  6. Numbered List
  7. Insert Link
  8. Remove Link
  9. Add Image
  10. Add Media
  11. Record Audio
  12. Record Video
  13. Manage Embedded Files
  14.  Underline
  15. Strikethrough
  16. Subscript
  17. Superscript
  18. Text Color
  19. Font Type
  20. Size
  21. Left/Center/Right Justify
  22. Decrease/Increase Indent
  23. Equation Editor
  24. Insert Special Characters
  25. Insert Table
  26. Clear Formatting
  27. Undo/Redo
  28. Accessibility Checker
  29. Screenreader Helper
  30. HTML View
  31. Fullscreen View

Viewing Reports and Logs

If your instructor has enabled this feature, you can get detailed reports about your activity in a Moodle course.  Steps:

1.  Log in to Moodle.  Right from your Dashboard, before you enter the course, locate your User icon in the upper right corner.  Use the down-arrow to select your Profile.


2. From your Profile page, locate your courses in the lower-left corner.  Select the course for which you wish to view reports.


3.  Once the new page has loaded, look for the Reports pane, in the right-center pane.


4. Selecting "Today's logs" will show you all of your activity for the day in a table format:


5. Selecting "All logs" will show you the activities for the entire term.  (The view is identical to the one above, but with more data shown.)

6. Selecting "Outline report" will give you a snapshot of activity, organized according to the course organization.


7. Selecting "Complete report"  will show ALL of the items in the course (including items that don't require attention, like labels) and what activity has taken place: