Moodle Help & Support (Student)

This is one of many help and support pages that are available about the University of Nottingham's Moodle online learning environment. If you have any questions or queries concerning Moodle then contact information is at the bottom of this page. As a first step to finding the information you are looking for why not check out our FAQ - Your questions answered or try the SEARCH box below.

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Introduction to Moodle

Moodle.Nottingham is the University’s online learning environment. Here you will find resources to support your learning such as files, handouts, videos and audio, web links and Announcements. You can take part in activities such as forums, submit assignments or collaborate online. The resources and activities available are chosen by your lecturers and vary from module to module.

Log into Moodle using your usual University username and password. https://moodle.nottingham.ac.uk

Navigating around Moodle

The first page is the Dashboard. Your Module overview shows Current Modules, for current 18-19 and ongoing modules, and Archived Modules.

We recommend using this page for accessing your modules: it’s easy to return to this page via the Dashboard link at the top of most pages, or by clicking the University logo). 

To be able to drag and drop your modules into the order you prefer, click Customise this page 

Then click and hold on the icon and drag the item to the location you prefer.

Don’t worry if only core modules appear – optional modules will appear after you have completed the module entry form, handed it in, and it has been processed.  Once you have made your module choices and they have been added to your record, they will appear in your Moodle list on the next working day.

You may not see all of the modules you expect to see immediately – please do not panic.  Lecturers will make modules visible to you when they have finished preparing the module. Check with friends on the same course.

Some modules allow you to self-enrol – so you can look before you decide.


Site Home (where you can search for modules whether you’re enrolled on them or not), My media, a private files area, as well as a short list of modules, Library Search and Library Help, Studying Effectively resources, HELP for Moodle, Accessibility controls and Timetable are linked from the Hamburger menu on the top right of the page.


The module page

Each module has its own online space.  All resources and activities for your module are linked from the main column. Assignments may be submitted online via Turnitin or Moodle Assignment.  The narrower column contains blocks, which display other useful information such as links to School news and events. (The exact number and combination of blocks varies by module.) Another example is the Upcoming events block which lists module deadlines. The Upcoming events on your Dashboard shows deadlines for all modules. 

Read emails!

Moodle sends out emails to your University address only.  Depending on your personal profile settings, mails from Moodle may arrive individually or as a once-a-day Digest. The Digest is called “Moodle.Nottingham Forum Digest”. If you prefer, you can change your profile settings to receive separate emails or Digests (see the Help website for how to do this).

TOP TIP: Please check your email regularly: It is important you do read these emails as they can contain important information about your module, which may not be sent elsewhere. (Check your Clutter, Other, Spam and Junk folders!)

Announcements can also be read in the Announcements in the side column on module pages.   

Where to get more information

  • Student Moodle Help (this website)                               Check the FAQ!
  • You can request support via the Help Desk if you have any issues: See contact details at the bottom of this page
  • For queries on the content of your Moodle modules, please check with your module convenor.