Basic User Guide
Basic User Guide
Thank you for joining us on OpenPlato.
Here you will find some basic information on the site and how to navigate it and make the most of it. OpenPlato is based on Moodle and you will be able to find extensive documentation on it through docs.moodle.org and a quick guide for students here. We are currently running Moodle v3.11.x.
From the site home you will find access to highlighted courses, announcements, and news. Clicking on the “See all courses” button will take you to the catalogue which displays all publicly visible courses, some of which will be open and others which will have specific times at which they will be available (especially those that have an element of classroom based learning or which will be moderated by teachers for a specific period of time.)
Metadata for our learning resources are mostly following the RDA Education and Training on Handling of Research Data (ETHRD) interest group minimal metadata set which describe mandatory and recommended fields to be included to give a baseline upon which learning resources can be sufficiently documented. We have mostly adopted these without changes but have also included country (of origin) to indicate where a resource may have been created and, by implication, that they are relevant to that country, regardless of the language that the resource is made available in.
Login and Profile
We are soon going to implement EOSC AAI (authorisation and authentication infrastructure) so that you will be able to login to OpenPlato using the same credentials that you use to access any other EOSC service or data. This will mean that OpenPlato is also part of EOSC and will have resources directly relevant to EOSC, as well as so much more. But if you are not part of an institution that is part of EOSC AAI or, indeed, that you are using a private email address - do not worry! This is also acceptable, but for ease of use and access we recommend using EOSC AAI where possible since this provides single sign-on to so much more than OpenPlato.
We strongly recommend that after creating an account that you also go to your Profile page (accessed from the top right of the page where you can see your name), and in there adjust the time zone for where you are. This will ensure that any time sensitive learning that you may be doing will reflect the correct time for where you are.
Please note that the main purpose of creating a login is for you to have the ability to resume from where you left off in a course - we are not trying to collect data just for the sake of it and you will not be contacted by the OpenPlato team unless we ask for permission to do so. We also will not give your details to any third parties!
This is your personalised space. After logging in (or first registering!) you will be redirected here so that you will only see content that is most relevant to you. For example, a course that you have enrolled onto or which you have started and that you want to resume.
This page is customisable and will allow you to manage multiple courses as well as view announcements, interact with teachers and your peers.
Once you have enrolled onto a course you will be able to access and view it. You will see different things for different courses but generally you will likely see topics and activities which are the basic components of each course. There might also be announcements for you to get the latest information and many other features for you to explore.For more information on any given page that you are on there is context specific help at the bottom of every page with the “Help and documentation” link.