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Key Tools for Distance Learning: Moodle Environment

How to Connect to Moodle?

Connect to the Moodle virtual learning environment via Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser (latest version). Login instructions can be found here.

How to Use Moodle?

Connect to virtual learning tool Moodle and read the Moodle Student Manual.

What to do, if you don’t see your studies subject in the Lecturer’s environment?

  • If you are a MRU student, all semester subjects are connected automatically.
  • If you are an Erasmus student, you can register to the subject course with the enrollment key – ERASMUS. If you are unable to connect, contact your Lecturer or write: ssg@mruni.eu.
  • If you have academic debts, or returned after a studies break, an academic vacation, please contscy your Lecturer and you will be connected to your subject environment.

How are activities scheduled in Moodle?

In the Activities schedule, at the set time, connect to Moodle (with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome newest version) and select the subject environment in the schedule. Lecturers usually present tasks in the Moodle environment and usually present tasks, various tests, mini-exams. You will find learning materials, links and video materials here.

How to Participate in the Virtual Activities Broadcast?

In the Activities Schedule, at the set time, connect to Moodle (Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome – newest version) studies environment, and select and press on the Activities link provided by the Lecturer and connect, selecting:

  • “Microphone” – if you will be talking with your Lecturer during the Activities period;
  • “Listen Only” if you do not need to communicate with the Lecturer.

If the Lecturer uses another video conference means (for example Skype for Business), connect to this platform. You will see the link in the studies environment or in the e-mail sent to you by your Lecturer or by other means.

How to Avoid Technical Problems During the Streaming of Activities?

First of all, try to prevent technical difficulties before participating in the activities broadcast. MRU’s IT Centre recommends that you have earphones, a microphone, and a camera. Use wired Internet. High speed is not necessary for video and audio streaming of activities, however it is affected by inconsistent Internet speed also. This manifests itself in disruptions, sudden, instantaneous stops. That is why it is recommended during the entire virtual activities period to disconnect the operation of other programmes on the Internet (for example uTorrent, Internet TV, etc.)

Secondly, it is worthwhile to take into account important technical parameters. Although virtual streaming of activities is appropriate for most of today’s computers, it is important that:

  • the speed of the processor would be at least 2,5 GHz;
  • that the operating memory would be not less than 4GB or even better – 8GB;
  • it would be possible to connect an Internet camera, microphone, earphones or speakers to the computer;
  • the computer would be connected to the Internet.

How to Use MRU Recommended Video Tools?

Most often lecturers use BigBlueButton (BBB), which is integrated in the Moodle environment. In order to become better acquainted with this video streaming tool, connect to Moodle and read the BBB manual. You can also watch a video in English. Many lecturers also use the Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) programme.

Where Can I Find Recordings of Activity Sessions?

If the Lecturer uses the online learning – web conference tool, BigBlueButton, then you will find recordings by pressing on the connection link. If other recording means are used – please see the links that are provided in your studies subject environment. If you have any questions, contact your lecturer.

MRU Library

What services does the virtual Library provide? 

All Library offered e-resources are available online from home. You only need to have an Internet connection.

Now the MRU Virtual Library (MRU VL) offers the possibility to use:

  • MRU electronic Books portal eBooks;
  • MRU scientific journals;
  • MRU institutional repository;
  • Subscribed databases (connecting thru remote system EZproxy);
  • MRU temporarily free Library e-Resources, divided by theme.

If questions arise, regarding searches in e-resources, MRU subject librarians will provide you with consultations.