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Moodle Basic Navigation for Students

Getting Started

How do I access Moodle?

  • Go to the NMC Homepage ( and click on MyNMC in the upper right corner of the screen. If you are on campus, you will be automatically logged in. If you are off campus, login using your NMCid and password.
  • Scroll down and click Moodle This will take you to the Moodle dashboard home page.

Is there a specific browser I should use?

We recommend that you use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Common browser issues may include not seeing videos, or links not working correctly; switch to a different browser to see if that solves the issue.

Where do I find my courses?

  • Look for the My Courses block, located in the middle of your Moodle dashboard home page.
  • If your course is using Moodle, you will see it listed here. Click the name of your course to enter the course page.
  • Courses will be open and available in Moodle on the starting date of the course.

Can I edit my profile?

You can click on your name in the upper right to open a drop down menu and select Preferences. Once your preferences open, click Edit profile.

How do I log out?

Click on your name in the upper right to open a drop down menu and select Log out.

What if I need help?

You will find resources to help you by clicking on Help from the green menu bar. You can also contact the NMC Helpdesk by calling 231-995-3020.

Spell Check: This is through the internet browser you are using. CTRL + Right Mouse button over the misspelled word will give you alternatives.

Copy and Paste: You can copy and paste in Moodle but you must use the keyboard short cuts.

  • CTRL+c = Copy
  • CTRL+v= paste

Your Moodle Dashboard Homepage

When you first go into Moodle you will see your Moodle Dashboard Homepage.

Left side of the page:

  • List of class cancellations.
  • Navigation block – an overall course navigation menu that contains a link to access your grades.

Middle of the page:

  • My Courses block – contains a list of your courses.

In Your Course

Table of Contents: You can navigate your course from this block by using the links listed for each topic area. (This is an optional block that your instructor may or may not turn on in your course.)

Navigation Menu: Similar to the course menu, but displays more detail. Clicking on a topic arrow expands the menu and allows you to select a specific activity. In this menu, you are able to access your grades by clicking on Grades.

Topic Areas: These are the “boxes” in the middle of the page that contain all the course content. Many of the items listed will open in their own window. The most commonly used activities you will see are forums, pages, files, assignments, and quizzes. To open an activity, just click on the link, or title listed.

Bread Crumb Trail Menu: As you navigate to different areas and activities in the course this menu can be helpful in returning to the course home page or even back to the Moodle dashboard home page. This is located at the top of the page. Look for it as a helpful navigation guide.


Docking and Undocking Menus: If you can’t find a block, it may be docked in the upper left corner of the screen. Mouse over it and it will expand the menu.


To undock a menu, click on the Undock icon.


If you would like to dock a menu, click on the Dock icon.

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