System Requirements and Recommendations
Computer Operating System
  • Windows 7 or later; or
  • Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion) or later
Web Browser (one of the following is required)
  • Google Chrome v. 30.0 or later
  • Mozilla Firefox v. 25.0 or later
  • Apple Safari v. 6 or later
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer v. 9 or later (drag and drop available for v. 10+)
Screen Reader Support (for vision-impaired students)
  • For Microsoft Internet Explorer, use Jaws 15 or Latest
  • For Mozilla Firefox , use NVDA 2014.1
Word Processing Applications (must be able to use one of these)
  • Microsoft Office
  • OpenOffice
  • Google Drive apps are included with Lancaster Seminary accounts
PDF Reader and Creator
  • Course documents are shared in PDF format. Mac users and anyone using Chrome or Firefox browsers will be able to view and print PDF documents without additional software. Some Windows users may want to download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF files.
  • Some professors will ask that assignments be submitted in PDF format. All of the word processing applications listed above support export to PDF format.
General Recommendations
  • A personal computer is essential. Tablets and netbooks are not a suitable substitute for a computer.
  • Students in the Weekend MDiv and DMin programs benefit from having a device with them while they are on campus. This device may be a laptop or a tablet/netbook for those who use a desktop computer elsewhere.
  • Many co-curricular programs are offered via webinar. Speakers or headphones, and a microphone are needed to participate fully in these programs. These are usually included on newer devices. A web camera may also be helpful but is not necessary.
How to Log In
Connected to Your LancasterSeminary.edu Account
Your Moodle account is connected to your LancasterSeminary.edu Google account. You will use the same login and password to access Moodle.

1. Click the red "Log in with Google" button
screenshot of Moodle login
2. Type in your LancasterSeminary.edu email address
screenshot of Google sign in screen

3. Type in your LancasterSeminary.edu email password
screenshot of Google password screen

4. First-time users will click "Allow" to allow account credentials to be shared between Google and Moodle


That's all there is to it!
 
Difficulty Logging In?
If you cannot login using your LancasterSeminary.edu account, please try logging in to your Gmail and/or Google Drive with your LancasterSeminary.edu account.

If you are able to successfully log in to one of these services, please open a new browser tab and try logging in to Moodle again by clicking the red "Log in with Google" button.

If you are also unable to log in to Gmail or Google Drive, please contact Augustine Apprey to have your password reset.
How to edit your profile
Hover over your name in the upper right corner and select "Edit Profile" from the menu that appears.

screenshot of user menu 

We highly recommend uploading a photo to your profile. It helps us know one another better. Click and drag your photo or profile picture from its saved location on your computer to the box in the "User Picture" section of the profile.

screenshot of the User Picture section of the edit profile page 

You are free to fill in additional information at your discretion.

Click "Update Profile" to save your changes.

screenshot of Update Profile button
How to find your courses
There are four places where you can find your courses after logging in to Moodle.
#1 - Scroll down the front page to see your available courses under the campus quick links. 

screenshot of the Moodle front page with courses highlighted
 

#2 - From any page within the site go to the Navigation block on the right and click the arrow next to “My Courses,” then click the arrow next to the current semester. 

screenshot of navigation block
 

Two more places to access courses are from the (#3) Dashboard and the (#4) My Courses menu at the top of the site under the header bar.

screenshot of the dashboard page with the My Courses menu visible
 

Please note:
Instructors choose when to make their courses visible. If you cannot find a particular course, please contact the instructor.
Downloading and opening files from Moodle courses
If a document does not open when you click on it, the most common issue is that you are not using the proper program. Most documents are either Word documents (.docx or .doc) or are in PDF format (.pdf).

Opening documents in PDF format can be done through Adobe Acrobat. This is a free, downloadable program and is available here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/

Opening documents that end in .doc or .docx (Word documents) can be done in multiple ways –
  1. You can open docx files online without installing additional software. Go to https://drive.google.com and login using your Lancaster Seminary account. Upload your docx file for automatic conversion into Google Docs. You do this by clicking on and dragging the file into your Google drive. Then double-click on the file and choose to open it in Google Docs. After this, you should be able to work with this file in Google Docs.
  2. You can also purchase Microsoft Word, which can be done here: https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Word-2016/productID.323026000
  3. There are a number of free open source programs that can be used. Open Office is one of them: https://www.openoffice.org/download/
What to do when a link within a course doesn't work
Step 1: Inform the instructor.

Step 2: Look closely at the link to see if you can uncover where it is supposed to go. Possibilities include typos, content hosted on another site may have moved to a different address, content from the library's eResources may not be linked with a permalink, etc. Clues within the link or the text accompanying the link may help you search and find the right resource.

Step 3: If you have not heard from your instructor in a reasonable time or cannot find sufficient clues to locate the resource on your own, submit a ticket for Moodle Support. We will do our best to help. 
Uploading a document for an assignment
When submitting an assignment to Moodle, you will need to be logged in to Moodle and viewing the course for which the assignment is to be submitted. Scroll to the topic/week within which the assignment is to be submitted. Click on the name of the assignment.

Under "Submission status," select "Add submission."



Scroll to "File submissions" and select the page "+" icon located in the upper left part of the submission box. Select "Choose File" and select the document containing your completed assignment. Then select "Upload this file."

 

You may complete this same action by clicking and dragging the document file from where it is saved on your computer into the submission box with the blue animated arrow. If you have more than one file to submit, repeat this process.

Click on "Save changes."

Depending on your instructor's settings, this will effectively submit your assignment. There may also be an "Edit submission" option but it is best to be prepared that your file will be submitted as uploaded after saving changes. Under "Submission status" it will read "Submitted for grading."

 
How to attach a Google Doc to a post or assignment
Wherever you want to attach a file from Google Drive, use the button with the page+ icon in the upper left to open the File Picker:
screenshot of file submission screen
When the File Picker window opens, click on "Google Drive" from the selections on the left and then click the button to "Login to your account"
screenshot of file picker

A separate pop-up window will appear asking you to log in to your LancasterSeminary.edu account again. Once you have successfully logged in, the File Picker will show the complete file directory from your Google Drive account.

Navigate to the file that you would like to use, click on it and then click "Select this File" on the details that appear. A copy of the file now appears in the file submissions box. Click "Save changes" to complete the submission.

Please note: When you upload a file from Google Drive to Moodle, you are actually uploading a copy of that file. Any changes you make to the file after you submit it to Moodle will not carry over to Moodle. You must edit your submission and upload a new copy of the file if you make edits to your Google Drive file after submission.