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Intro to Online Gavilan

Lesson 5

Breadcrumbs, People & the Calendar

Navigating around Moodle is fairly intuitive and logical, except for a few small details.

Each type of activity in Moodle has its own little symbol. The forums have two faces, signifying the area where conversations take place. The actual lessons are usually webpages, called 'resources', and are symbolized with a tiny book page. Assignments are designated with a hand turning in a sheet of paper.

If you click on one of the lessons, you'll see the line at the top change:

screenshot of breadcrumbs

Traditionally, breadcrumbs trace your path and will list each page that you've used to get to the current page. This classroom system adds an extra "Resources" page in between the class homepage and the current page, offering you the opportunity to see a list of all the resources used for this course.

If you click on the LIB732 breadcrumb, then click on one of the assignments, your breadcrumbs will change into something like this:

breadcrumbs screenshot of assignments

Notice that you now have the option of going to a page with a complete listing of all the class assignments. If you want to get back to the class homepage, skip over the Assignments breadcrumb and go directly back to LIB732. Breadcrumbs are an easy way to move from the classroom to an individual activity back to the classroom.

Some classrooms might have an Activities box out on the front page of the class. In this case, you can go to a list of all assignments by clicking on the Assignments page, and so on with the rest of the activities. But remember, you can get to each of these assignments by simply working your way through each week, too.

activities block

Some classes might have a block for People. If you click on the Participants link, you'll see a list of all your classmates: the people block


If you click on your own name, you can edit your profile, change your password, or put up a picture.

If you click on somebody else's name, you can see what courses they've enrolled in, and send them a message.


You may have a calendar on your class homepage. This calendar keeps track of everything that's due for the class: assignments, quiz closing dates, forum posting dates. If you hold your cursor over a particular date, you'll see a drop-down list of everything due for that date.

Clicking on any of the entries will take you to more details about the assignment, plus a direct link to that assignment -- a handy way to keep track of everything coming due in the class.

Click on the Forum #5 link in the classroom. Hint: click on LIB732 in the breadcrumbs at the top of this page, then find the link to Forum #5 in week 2. Once there, answer the questions posted by clicking on the 'reply' link at the bottom of the box.

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