Moodle: Become an expert

Moodle is CQUniversity’s online learning environment. If you’re like me and you like to stay on-top of your unit material, you probably use Moodle every day to watch lectures, read announcements from teaching staff and plan for assessments.

While you might access Moodle regularly, you might not know the ins and outs of this great system. The following tips will help you become a Moodle expert…

Tip 1# – Forum Digests

If you’re enrolled in a unit, you’re automatically subscribed to the forums for that unit. This is the same for course-level Moodle sites like Nursing Central and can result in hundreds of Moodle forum emails throughout the term.

Good news! You can alter this subscription to a daily digest, and alter your preferences for forum conversations. To do so, find your Moodle Profile in the top corner of the page and select ‘Preferences’.

Your Moodle Profile

From here, select ‘Forum Preferences’ and adjust your settings.

Tip 2# – Finding Assessment Grades

A summary is available for assessment grades. To access this, visit the Administration tab in Moodle and select ‘Grades’.

Moodle preferences

From this page you can view grades as both a number and a percentage. The percentage value can be helpful when calculating your overall unit grade before Certification of Grades. Once published, an overall unit grade is also available from the Profile section mentioned above.

Tip 3# – Requesting an extension

The Assessment Extension Request is available from the Support block in Moodle.

Moodle preferences 2

Have your supporting documentation and the length of time you are requesting ready when you open the extension request.

Moodle can be accessed from the MyCQU Student Portal. For more helpful tips like these, visit the Moodle Help for Students section of the Support block. 

Mae Swarbrick (

Mae Swarbrick is a current student, studying part-time in the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts, and working full-time as Student Communications Officer. Mae's ongoing experience as a current student is invaluable in her role as leader of the Student Communications team. Combine this with practical experience in the call centre, Admissions and Student Communications teams, and she’s ready to share some first-rate uni hacks for new students. Follow Mae on #How2Uni.

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