Quickstart guide

Access to Moodle

Access to Moodle requires a Passport York login and password. If you do not have a Passport York account, you can find information on how to obtain one at Passport York & Access.

If you have a Passport York account but have forgotten your username or password, see Reset your Passport York password.

Logging In

  1. Click the Home Home tab to login.
  2. Enter your Passport York credentials in the Username and Password fields.Moodle Login Page
  3. Click the Login button to authenticate. The My Courses page appears showing the list of your courses.

Navigating in Moodle

The My Courses page illustrated below is the starting point for all courses you are enrolled in or are a member of. This page is divided into three sections: the two sets of blocks on the left and right sides, and the middle section, which contains the page content.


The term block refers to a particular cluster of configurable settings.  Each block will have a unique name. The > symbol indicates that sub-options exist within a particular block option. Clicking each > symbol will reveal additional options.

On the left are two blocks:

  • Navigation: allows you to navigate between and within courses. This block is available to you from the initial login page, My Courses and throughout Moodle.
  • Administration: is a contextual block, which offers different setting options depending on your current location in Moodle.  It is a commonly used block when editing your profile and accessing course grades.

On the right are three blocks: Important Links & Help Blocks

  • Important Links includes links to information that all students need to have access to.
  • Help supplies links to frequently asked questions by students and instructors.
  • My Private Files functions as a file repository to access important files for your courses. The storage capacity of the Private files space has been set to a limit of 100 MB.

Main Content

The middle section of the page displays a list of your courses as well as any notifications associated with the course. You can customize the number of courses that appear on this page as well as add or remove blocks by clicking the Customise this page button on the top right.

To access the course, click the title of the course. The course content appears in the Main Content area.

Navigating using Breadcrumbs

When you are in a Moodle course, notice the Breadcrumbs bar at the top left of each page. It is a series of links located directly below the course title. It displays where you are in the course and allows you to go back to the previous page you visited within the course.


Docking the Administration and/or Navigation Block(s)

Docking a block only affects your view.Docking places a Block along the left edge (dock) of the screen, displaying only its title. This is one way to provide more space for the middle section of the My Courses page where your course(s) and course related notifications are listed.

The Docking Icon symbol is used to pin Blocks to the dock and the dock is located at the left edge of the page.  By hovering the mouse over the docked Block, its feature list will display.

Blocks can be undocked by hovering on the docked Block and clicking the Docking Icon icon.  To undock one or more Blocks quickly, click the undock icon Docking Icon at the bottom of the dock (bottom left of the page).

Your Moodle Profile

You will need to update your profile preferences every academic year as these preferences are not carried over from year to year. When you first login to Moodle, your initial step should be to complete setting up your profile. Your Moodle profile includes information about you, such as your name,
e-mail address, location, courses you are enrolled in, and any interests you would like to share with others. Refer to the Managing your profile training page for setting up your profile.

Other Technical Considerations

  • Session timeout: Be aware that if you do not perform any actions within Moodle for a period of four (4) hours, your Moodle session will timeout. This means that any of your unsaved/non-submitted work will be lost. It is advisable to compose and edit your work in an external text editor (e.g., Notepad on Windows or TextEdit on Mac) to reduce the risk of losing your work if your Internet connection is interrupted or if you session times out.
  • File formats: Certain file formats will not be accessible to your instructor and/or other students in your course. For example, the Microsoft Office 2007 format of .docx may not be accessible to users using previous versions of Microsoft Office. Make sure to establish appropriate file formats with your instructor and your peers before submitting your work.
  • Mobile usage: If you are accessing your course using a mobile device, please note that not all functionality of Moodle is compatible with different operating systems or browsers of mobile devices. You should only use your mobile device to view course content and never rely on your mobile device for time-sensitive assignment submissions, quizzes, or any other complex functions of Moodle.