Moodle

Learning Management System

Moodle is the central Learning Management System (LMS) at TU Darmstadt. It offers a wide range of functions for designing online learning spaces. In these virtual spaces, learning materials can be made available and learning activities can be offered. Access is given via TU-ID.

What´s possible with Moodle?

Due to a variety of constantly expanding functions, the range of possible uses and designs of a Moodle course is wide! Typical scenarios are:

  • Provide your students with course-related material and use Moodle to facilitate communication within the course.
  • Through the support of different tools for communication and collaboration, students can be actively involved in the course.
  • Through the help of online tests, you can let students check their knowledge so that they can better prepare for exams.
  • You can give feedback on submitted texts and files and grade them. You can set deadlines for the submission.
  • It is also possible to work with and in groups.
  • You can also time all your course content (learning materials and learning activities) and make them visible depending on other activities, e.g. tests.

Moodle as a central platform for online teaching

Under current covid-19 circumstances the possibilities of using Moodle have gained importance in online teaching. With Moodle, teaching can be organised online, content can be taught and student support can take place flexibly (asynchronously).

Recommendations and tips for Moodle use in online teaching

Tip: Get to know Moodle in a Moodle course!

To the Moodle self-study course "Moodle Basic Functions" (in German)

  • The login to Moodle is via TU-ID.
  • Normally, a Moodle course is assigned to a lecture or seminar.
  • Moodle courses are not public. They are only accessible to participants of the course (to protect intellectual property).
  • There is a well considered role concept in Moodle. The “lecturer” create and design the courses and the “students” participate in them. In addition, there are roles for “assistants” and “tutors”.
    • Overview of the roles in Moodle (in German)
    • Important: The roles are assigned separately for each course. It is possible that you have the role of “lecturer” in one course room and the role of “student” in another Moodle course.
  • People who do not have a TU-ID can participate via the guest access, but only with reading rights (the course room must be public for this). Alternatively, it is possible to apply for a guest TU-ID. With this one the Moodle access is automatically available.
    Staff members of the TU Darmstadt can apply for a guest TU-ID for someone else via the IDM portal.
    Information on the topic of guest access (in German)

Moodle is used as a central LMS at over 200 German-speaking universities.

Behind the Moodle system, which is based on open source, is a worldwide community that promotes the constant further development of the learning platform. This community is driven by its own needs and makes it attractive for universities to use Moodle as a learning platform and to become involved in the community.

The Moodle-using universities in the German-speaking world are in active exchange with each other and meet at least once a year in the context of the MoodleMoot conference. Overview: Moodle at German-speaking universities (in German)