What is Moodle?

Moodle is a learning management system that is used by the university to host course materials, to submit or complete assessments, and to participate in discussions.

When you study at the university, you will be able to access Moodle sites for each of your subjects and for some extracurricular activities.

What do you use Moodle for?

You can use Moodle to access important documents (like subject outlines, assessment rubrics, lecture slides and recordings), to submit assessments, to complete assessments like quizzes, to check your grades for assessments and to participate in discussion forums.

Accessing and using Moodle

Access to Moodle is via SOLS

  1. Log into SOLS.
  2. Visit the "eLearning" tab to enter Moodle - see screenshot below.



Once in Moodle

In the Site Summary section, you will see a list of sites, including those for each subject you are studying this semester - see screenshot below.

To access course materials:

  1. Like lecture slides or subject outlines, locate them in the Moodle site by looking for links that appear in a blue font.
  2. Click on the link and the materials will either automatically download or open in a new tab for you.

Note: Each subject coordinator can set up their subject’s Moodle site in a variety of formats, which means that course materials may appear anywhere in the site. If you can’t find them, contact your subject coordinator.

To assist with accessibility, those files with download icon , may provide you with a range of alternative formats such as ePub, electronic braille and audio formats.

By clicking on the download icon , you can select that resource in a range of alternative formats where available.

More information about using the Blackboard Ally plugin and alternative formats.

To upload an assignment to Moodle:

  1. Locate the submission link in the subject’s Moodle site. The link will appear next to a hand symbol.
  2. Click on the ‘Add submission’ button at the bottom of the page, and click on the ‘Add...’ button.
  3. Follow the prompts to select and add your assessment.
  4. When you have added your assessment, check the box that confirms the submission is your own work, and then click on the blue ‘Save changes’ button. You will receive a digital receipt via UOWmail notifying you that your assessment has been submitted.

This process may be slightly different on different Moodle sites. It is always best to give yourself some leeway with uploading assignments to ensure that if you experience any problems, you have plenty of time to seek help from your Subject Coordinator.

Note: If you experience difficulty uploading your file, it may be that it is too big. An easy fix is to save it as a PDF and to submit the PDF version.

A Moodle discussion forum is an online communication system the lecturer can organise for the students in the subject to collaborate and engage in discussion regarding set topics by the lecturer. As a user, you are able to read and post messages that can be seen by the whole cohort of students enrolled in the subject.

If the lecturer has organised a discussion forum for the subject, the ‘dialogueMoodle add discussion forum icon symbol will appear under the subject name to inform you that there is a discussion forum for this subject to which you can contribute.

Each subject you have enrolled in for the semester will have a closing date, after which you will no longer have access to the subject Moodle site.

The closing date information can be located in your SOLS account under the tab Current Session > eLearning Details. This will display information such as the session, subject code and name, site name, and available from/to dates.

To prevent disappointment when the subject is no longer in your ‘Site summary’ section in Moodle, it is best practice to save all the lecture notes and any additional information that may be relevant to you before the closing date.

Difference between Moodle assessment submission and Turnitin assessment submission

Moodle assessment submission layout


Turnitin assessment submission layout

Moodle turnitin

  Moodle assignment submissionTurnitin assignment submission
Maximum size of file 20 MB 40 MB
Time limit Less than 10 minutes to submit first and all subsequent submissions. Unlimited submissions allowed before due date.  20 minutes for first submission; 24 hours for second submission.
Receipt Submission receipt received through UOWmail. Originality Report provided through Moodle once full submission of the assessment has been completed.