Frequently Asked Questions
Campus Technology Services (CTS) provides assistance and support for most technology issues students, faculty, and staff may encounter. We help students get Internet access in their dorms and apartments, and we provide remote and on-site assistance for Purchase College–owned computers, printers, software, systems, and networks.
CTS offers one-on-one and group training for Zoom!
Go to Zoom Tips & Training to schedule an appointment. We also offer Zoom Large Meeting and Webinar training!
For Faculty - Find step by step instructions for setting up your Zoom classes in Moodle at Moodle Basics - Zoom.
Please see: Instructions for Zoom Single Sign On.
Training currently offered by CTS include:
- Zoom, Zoom Large Meeting, Zoom Webinar
- HRETS - Human Resources Employee Tracking System
- NTT - Non-Tenure Track Faculty Online Evaluation Form
Make sure you’re logged in at your Purchase-authenticated Zoom account at https://purchase.zoom.us
Record your Zoom meeting locally to your computer or device (do not record to Zoom Cloud) and upload the video file to your YouTube account. If you do not have a YouTube channel, see Create YouTube Channel for a tutorial.
Upload your Zoom recording MP4 file to YouTube Studio and choose to make the video either Public or Unlisted (Public if you want others to be able to view your video; Unlisted if you want the video to only be available to those who have access to the link).
If you have a video longer than 15 minutes, you will need to verify your YouTube account which just takes a few minutes and involves getting a code via text message that you then enter on your account page. See Upload Video Longer than 15 Minutes.
You can upload your recorded Zoom videos to YouTube in a few easy steps. Use the instructions below to upload your videos from a computer or from an mobile device:
Once your video has been uploaded and processed by YouTube, you can simply paste the video’s URL into any text input area in Moodle and it will automatically embed a YouTube video player in either a Label resource, Page resource, in a prompt for a discussion Forum activity, in the description of an Assignment activity, and even within a Quiz question.
Additional information is available at the COVID-19 Remote Teaching Resources Guide.
Link to this FAQ: How do I make a Zoom recording available to my students via Moodle?keep reading FAQ»
Yes! There are email distribution lists automatically created for each class or for advisees.
All Distribution Lists (DLs) in use at the College can be used on any mail platform.
Outlook makes it easy to send mail to (Your.List) as it appears in the global address book.
But you can eliminate the parentheses and append @purchase.edu (making it Your.List@purchase.edu) and use whatever mail client you want.
With Banner, there are changes in the term format, the course numbering format and section numbers. The format for summer 2014 classes and beyond is YYYY-TERM-Subject-Code-CRN@purchase.edu or for example 2014-40-WRl1105firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty do not have to create their own lists.
(Banner Term codes are 20=Summer, 40=Fall, 55=Winter, 60=Spring)
Each faculty advisor also has a distribution list containing all of their advisees in the format advisor.FirstName.LastName@purchase.edu. In the global address list, the format is (advisor.FirstName.LastName).
If you are the owner of a list (i.e. you are the head of a department) there is also a list containing all of your majors (i.e. email@example.com )keep reading FAQ»
You can activate your account or reset your password at: Password Reset Page. Please note that your Purchase College login credentials will never expire. However, once a student leaves the College, the email mailbox will be deactivated 18 months after the last course registration. Employee email accounts are deactivated according to the end date in the PAF (Personnel Action Form) in HRETS.keep reading FAQ»
On Zoom: dial 1 646 876-9923 or use meeting ID 914 251 6465.
A request can be made through the Work Order Tracking (WOT) system
Helpdesk assistance and equipment pick up/returns available but please wear mask and observe proper social distancing.
Contact Helpdesk Live Chat for technical support at https://purchase.zoom.us.
Hours when classes are in session are 8am-7:45pm Monday-Thursday and Friday 8am-4:45pm.
When classes are not in session, hours are 8am-4:45pm Monday-Friday.
Thank you.keep reading FAQ»
- Please create a work request through the CTS Work Order System. Choose problem type Print Allocation.
- Type “Print Allocation Increase” as the subject line.
- In the body of the work request, specify an amount to be added. You will receive 100 points per dollar of increase requested.
- The amount in points will be added to your print allocation in the Print Management System and in dollars to your semester bill.
- You can pay in person at Student Financial Services or online through the MyHeliotrope application on the student portal page. Exact location in MyHeliotrope is Student > Student Accounts > Payment Center.
- If you need to borrow audio/visual equipment from CTS, please pay as soon as possible. The work order system will not allow you to submit a request if there is a charge on your student bill.
- Please inform Student Financial Services or CTS once the payment has been made so we can apply the money to the proper place.
Requesting Increase in Print Balance:
The PSGA is in agreement with CTS that additional printing allocations should not be granted automatically, and that students who exceed their allocation must pay for additional print privileges if they are needed. Please see the full Print Management Policy.
Students can pay online (through the MyHeliotrope link on the student portal page) for additional print allocations. You only need to create a Work Request through the CTS Work Order System indicating the amount of the increase. The amount will then be added to the PaperCut Printing System as well as your semester bill, and you can go ahead and pay online via credit card. The area in myHeliotrope to go to is Student > Student Account > Payment Center. Please let Student Financial Services or CTS know once payment is made so the money can be applied to the right account. Keep in mind that you cannot rent audio/visual equipment from CTS until the payment is made.
Please note that the print allocation for the School of Art & Design is treated as a separate entity. To increase your VA print account, all requests must be made to:
Jerzy Klebieko, BFA
Instructional Technology Manager
Room 1004 | Ext. 6799
Yes! There are both color and black & white printers located in the Library DMZ area and other computer labs. Please see the Computer Labs page for details.
Each registered fully matriculated student receives a 2000 point print credit per semester. At 5 points per B/W page, that’s 400 printed pages. Senior auditors receive a one time allocation of 2000 points at time of account creation but not an automatic increase each semester unless a class is being taken for credit. There is an additional discount for duplex printing (both sides of the page.) See a full description of the Print Management Policy. CTS has built a new large-scale 3D printer for use by students. The new 3D printer has a 12” x 16” x 12” build area, and there are a variety of colors of PLA filament available. 3D prints can be charged against your print allocation. The 3D printer is located in the Helpdesk Service center (Social Sciences room 0025), and is adjacent to the 48” photo-quality Epson 9900 plotter – which is also available for student use.keep reading FAQ»
Equipment loans in WOT default to a one-week period starting the next day. You can request future loan periods - or longer loan periods by changing the dates, and we will consider the request.
Equipment availability and longer loan periods are dependent on the demand for that equipment, which may or may not be available. Since you can also submit “future” equipment requests, it may not be possible to request longer loan periods even when equipment appears to be available.keep reading FAQ»
CTS has established a pool of equipment available for loan to students, faculty and staff. There is a full range of AV gear available from hi-definition video cameras to flip cameras, from high-end still cameras to lighting kits, flat panel displays and audio recorders. Please see the Classroom Technology Services page for details.keep reading FAQ»
The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC) has compiled a list of resources and help guides that are available to faculty as we continue to support the transition to teaching fully online. Please see the COVID-19 Remote Teaching Resources Guide guide for more information about specific instructional strategies to use and available support during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
- TLTC Support for Remote Instruction Efforts
- Moodle Basics help guide
- Moodle Beyond Basics help guide
- Community Space for Faculty Teaching Remotely (requires Moodle login)
- TLTC YouTube Channel (recordings of recent TLTC workshop sessions)
- SUNY Support for Remote Instruction Efforts
- CTS Video Chat Tech Support (via Zoom); visit CTS site for available hours
- Single-Sign-On Instructions for Zoom (using your Purchase credentials)
- Schedule a Zoom Training with CTS Support Staff
- How to Protect your Zoom Sessions from Disruption
- Submit a work order via the CTS Work Order Tracking (WOT) System
- SUNY’s COVID-19 Response
- SUNY Remote Teaching Clinic
- Emergency Remote Online Teaching Resources
- SUNY Live Drop-in Instructional Design Support Sessions via Zoom (These sessions ended Friday, May 29 at 9:00PM, but may resume based on campus needs. Please direct questions to TLTC@purchase.edu after May 29.)
Link to this FAQ: Remote and Online Teaching Supportkeep reading FAQ»
These help guides are geared toward faculty and walk you through getting logged into Moodle, locating your courses, and working with the system in step-by-step detail.
Additionally, the Moodle Basics Webinar Series will get instructors up and running with our learning management system:
- Moodle Basics: Introduction to Moodle Courses and Communication Tools (June 22, 2020)
- Moodle Basics: Adding Content and Ensuring Accessibility in Moodle (June 23, 2020)
- Moodle Basics: Discussions, Assignments, & Quizzes (June 24, 2020)
- Moodle Basics: Grading, Assessments, and Using the Gradebook (June 25, 2020)
- Moodle Basics: Course Administration and Effective Course Delivery (June 26, 2020)
You can also self-enroll (no enrollment key necessary) to access the Moodle Foundations Certificate mini-course. Work through the modules at your own pace to get more familiar with the system along in combination with the Moodle Basics help guide. You’ll be Moodle-ing in no time!
Link to this FAQ: I’m new to Moodle. How do I get started?keep reading FAQ»
Though there are other reasons why you may have been suddenly dropped from your courses on Moodle, one of the most common culprits is that your Mandatory Immunization Requirements may not be filed properly with the College. Please contact Health Services if you have any questions.
Please note that any activities you have completed or work submitted in your courses will be restored upon resolution of immunization records and re-enrollment in current Moodle course spaces.keep reading FAQ»
You can print remotely from your laptop or your mobile device to library printers!
Who can use web or mobility printing?
Anyone with a current Purchase email account and print point allocation from CTS can use the PaperCut Web Print or Mobility system to print from a personal laptop or a personal mobile device. Web and Mobility printing works from on campus, as long as your device is connected to the PurchaseWiFi network.
There is no wireless printing for visitors unfortunately. Visitors should ask the Reference Librarian about guest printing options.
Please see the detailed instructions at:keep reading FAQ»
All lab color printers can print in both color and black & white.
But wait! There’s a trick: You must first make sure your document is set to print in black & white under “Printer Properties.”
Follow the steps below to make sure you are charged at the black & white rate and not the higher, color printing rate (the color printers default to the color rate).
**The name and location of “Printer Properties” or “Printer Options” may differ depending on what software application you are printing from. When in doubt, look for terms like “printer properties,” “options,” or “xerox features.”See detailed instructions on the Print in Black and White or Color page.
There are several color printers on campus:
- 2 large format color printers in the Library DMZ on the main floor (Macs & PCs)
- 3 large format color printers in the Library Reference Area on the main floor (PCs only)
- New Media Lab in Natural Sciences (NSS 1013)
- Labs in the Visual Arts building
- Design Technology Labs (Social Sciences)
- Natural Sciences Planetarium Lab (NSS 1063)
There’s a trick to printing in color: You must select the color printer in the print menu AND make sure the document is set to print in color under “Printer Properties.” (Most of the time, the color printers default to “color” as the output).
The name and location of “Printer Properties” or “Printer Options” may differ depending on what software application you are using. When in doubt, look for terms like “properties,” “options,” “printer features,” or “xerox features.”
Follow the steps on the Print in Black and White or Color page.keep reading FAQ»
Yes, there is both black and white and color printing in the Library.
Black and White Printer locations:
Two b&w printers in the Reference Area on the main floor (PCs)
Two b&w printers in the DMZ on the main floor (PCs and Macs)
Color Printer Locations:
Two large format color printers in the DMZ on the main floor (PCs and Macs)
Three large format color printers in the Reference Area on the main floor (PCs)
- Note: “large format” color printers are able to print on 11 x 17 paper (Tabloid) as well as 8.5 x 11 (Letter) paper.
The following campus buildings also have color printing:
New Media Lab in Natural Sciences (NSS 1013)
Labs in the Visual Arts building
Design Technology Labs (Social Sciences)
Natural Sciences Planetarium Lab (NSS 1063)
There is also an EPSON Stylus Pro 9900 plotter printer and a 3D printer in the CTS Printing Lab (Social Science Building, Room 0025). The plotter prints large scale items, such as posters, in color and costs 600 print points per square foot.
Costs and Print Allocation
Each student receives a print allocation at the start of every semester. All printing costs are automatically deducted from your print quota at the time of printing. Your balance appears as a box on the screen.
Printing in black and white costs 5 points per page for one-sided printing, and 2 point discount for double-sided printing.
Printing in color costs 35 points per page.
Large Paper Surcharge: 11 x 17 (ledger) prints are charged twice the rate of 8.5 x 11 (letter) prints
For detailed information regarding labs and printers, please see the Computer Labs page.
For more information about pricing and refunds, see the CTS Print Management webpage.
For detailed instructions on how to print in color, please see our Step-by-Step FAQ on how to print in color.
Yes! Purchase has a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service available for faculty and staff whereby you can connect to your office computer from off-campus. The VPN service connects your remote computer to the campus network through a secure encrypted connection and provides access to College servers, printers, and other network resources. If you wish to use the VPN, join the Zoom Chat or log into the CTS Work Order System.keep reading FAQ»
Purchase College provides high-speed network access in all student dorms and offices and wireless Ethernet in all academic buildings (including the Library) on campus.
Please see our Wi-Fi heat map for Wi-Fi coverage in different buildings.
You do not need to register a device if you are only connecting it to PurchaseWifi. PurchaseWifi authenticates you using your Purchase College credentials. You also do not need to register if you are joining PurchaseGuest.
You DO need to register a device if you plan on connecting to:
- A wired port in ResNet
- The PurchaseGame SSID on WiFi
For more information, please refer to the Wireless Access page.keep reading FAQ»
Each faculty and staff member is assigned an email account. You can use your email account from any computer with an Internet connection and a standard web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) by going to Purchase Home Page and following the email link at the bottom of the page. From your campus desktop, you will be provided with Microsoft Outlook, a full-featured mail/calendar/task application that is part of the Microsoft Office suite.
Faculty and staff credentials expire at the close of business on their last day of service – unless extension of email privileges is requested by their supervisor when their end-of-service PAF is submitted and the extension request is approved by their sector officer.
Faculty and Staff who were previously students will retain their login credentials as students do, but their email mailbox will still be removed on COB LDOS.
Your Email account:
· is used for official communications to and from the College and students
· provides access to the Campus Portal web applications (grades, class lists, etc.)
· provides access to online Library resources and reserved readings
· provides access to the Purchase Moodle system (for Moodle issues call 914-251-6440)
· can be reset easily and online by going to Password Reset page from on or off campus
All Purchase College email distribution lists can be used from any email account, on or off campus, using the format List.Name@purchase.edu.
CTS automatically creates an email distribution list for each class each semester with the faculty member as the list manager. Three semesters worth of lists are available: past, present, and future. You need to email your list from your Purchase email account only.keep reading FAQ»
CTS will provide a good-faith effort to assist in helping your computer to connect to our network. As a courtesy, we can diagnose most software and hardware related issues. You are responsible for backing up your own data. We advise you to back up your data on a regular basis. Please note that CTS is not responsible for data loss, backups, or recovery of your computer workstation.keep reading FAQ»
Purchase College provides a reliable internet connection. To ensure the operational stability of the campus network, the requirements listed below must be met. You will need to register your computer.
The basic requirements are:
Windows and Mac:
- Up-to-date Antivirus program
- Up-to-date Operating System
CTS suggests Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows.
CTS suggests ClamXav for Mac.
Both Antivirus programs are free! Just visit the Downloads page.
You do not need to register a device if you are only connecting it to PurchaseWifi. PurchaseWifi authenticates you using your Purchase College credentials. So, you do not need to register your computer if you are only using PurchaseWifi. You also do not need to register if you are joining PurchaseGuest.
You DO need to register a device if you plan on connecting to:
- A wired port in ResNet
- The PurchaseGame SSID on WiFi
With User Overrides, instructors on Moodle courses can allow students to have additional time on quizzes and exams by using the directions at the Moodle Basics guide > Allow Additional Time on Quizzes & Exams with User Overrides.
Link to this FAQ: How do I allow students additional time on quizzes/exams in Moodle?keep reading FAQ»
Yes, there is WiFi (wireless internet) in the Library that both guests and Purchase affiliates can use. Both are managed by CTS. There are two WiFi networks with the following names:
Please see our Wi-Fi Heat Map for coverage areas in different buildings.
PurchaseWiFi: Students, faculty, and staff should choose the “PurchaseWiFi” network. The username is your Purchase email username (firstname.lastname WITHOUT the @purchase.edu) and the password is your Purchase email password. You should only have to enter your username and password once to have access.
PurchaseGuest: Guests and visitors to campus should choose the “PurchaseGuest” network. The password changes at least twice a year. You can ask a library employee at the Circulation or Reference desks for the current password or view the Guest Wifi page.
Note that PurchaseGuest network is limited; it enables you to view webpages and use most apps, but not to use high-bandwidth services like Skype, video streaming, etc. On mobile devices, the guest network may also prevent off-campus email accounts from refreshing (such as Gmail or the Mac OS mail app). To get around this, access your email via a web browser, rather than an app or mail client.
For more info, see the Connecting to Wireless Page.keep reading FAQ»
The Library provides the following scanning options:
- three book scanners, two in the Reference Area; one in the Music Collection.
- several image scanners (Epson), in in Lab 1004B and the DMZ 1015 labs (Lab 1015A and/or 1015B) (work with Macs)
For more information, please visit the Scanning Options in the Library Page.
In order to login and work with Moodle, you will need to have your Purchase College account activated. A place to start, in the meantime, is to check out our Moodle Basics help guide - https://purchase.libguides.com/moodlebasics.
This guide covers all of the basic Moodle functions like working with files (https://purchase.libguides.com/moodlebasics/upload), communicating with your students (https://purchase.libguides.com/moodlebasics/courseannouncements), and creating assignments and other activities in Moodle (https://purchase.libguides.com/moodlebasics/activities), among other tasks.
Once you have logged into Moodle for the first time (https://purchase.libguides.com/moodlebasics/login), we’ll be able to enroll you into our Moodle Foundations Self-paced training course space at https://moodle.purchase.edu/moodle2/course/view.php?id=35262. You can work through the modules at your own pace to get more familiar with the system.
You can also watch all of our previous workshops at our YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/TLTCPurchaseCollege/videos, as we recently offered a series of Moodle Basics sessions: https://www.youtube.com/user/TLTCPurchaseCollege/search?query=%22moodle+basics%22. These workshop recordings are freely available to anyone.
Moodle Basics workshops series:
- Moodle Basics: Introduction to Moodle Courses and Communication Tools - https://youtu.be/x0U7SoySKzY
- Moodle Basics: Adding Content and Ensuring Accessibility in Moodle - https://youtu.be/-h3IFs7ZzFY
- Moodle Basics Discussions, Assignments, and Quizzes - https://youtu.be/pwzK-pik5HU
- Moodle Basics: Grading, Assessments, and Using the Gradebook - https://youtu.be/GfDHa4TsBws
- Moodle Basics: Course Administration and Effective Course Delivery - https://youtu.be/g1W2uYx5dm0
These workshops were offered to supplement the Blackboard sessions that were a part of the SUNY Remote Teaching Institute (SUNY RTI). Recordings of all of the SUNY Remote Teaching Institute sessions offered so far are available at the SUNY RTI Playlist - https://sunycpd.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/suny-rti/site/ExtraContent/ContentPage?page=5.
You can also check out what we’ve got coming up at our TLTC Events page - https://www.purchase.edu/teaching-learning-and-technology-center/events.
I’ll be offering Moodle Office Hours via Zoom on Mondays and Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm so please feel free to take a look at these resources and drop-in during an office hours session to get additional real-time assistance with Moodle - https://www.purchase.edu/live/news/4878. As the details indicate, to best use Zoom for Purchase-related activities, please setup your Zoom account to use Purchase’s “single sign-on” authentication. Directions are provided by Campus Technology Services (CTS) - https://www.purchase.edu/live/news/4759-single-sign-on-instructions-for-zoom.
And lastly, please feel free to contact us at TLTC@purchase.edu any time as you work on getting familiar with Moodle and developing your Fall courseskeep reading FAQ»
When an account is locked out, the cause is due to multiple login attempts using an incorrect password. For security, the account locks itself out for approximately 20 minutes. It should be accessible after 20 minutes. If you happen to get this message when trying to access Purchase email, here are a few things to check. You can always call CTS at 914-251-6465 for assistance.
- This usually happens shortly after the email account password is changed. Check and update your password on all computers and devices trying to connect to Purchase email, WiFi, or anything that requires a login with username/email password. You can always request another password reset.
- If you have a mobile device, please make sure the password is updated on the device itself. You can also remove the purchase.edu account and re-add it. Be sure to make purchase.edu the domain and securemail.purchase.edu the Exchange server name. Also, make sure that any cached passwords in the mobile device browser are cleared out.
- If you use the PurchaseWiFi network with your mobile device on campus, please update that with your current password. You can have the device forget the WiFi network and then re-add to do this.
- If you have an off campus computer with Outlook configured for Purchase email, the home computer might still be pinging the Exchange server with an incorrect password. Reconfigure the email client with your current password. Be sure to make purchase.edu the domain and securemail.purchase.edu the Exchange server name.
- You should flush cache/cookies/passwords on personal computer Web browsers to make sure an old password is not cached and trying to sign into Outlook Web Access. See this page on how to flush cache/cookies.
- Check your on campus computer for cached passwords also (see previous).
Do not save your work to any public lab computers!
Alternatively, save to your home directory, USB drive, or email it to yourself.
Save your work periodically as lab machines will time out after several minutes of inactivity.
A Home Directory is available.
Please log off when you have completed your work.keep reading FAQ»
ThinkingStorm is an online/virtual tutoring platform utilized by many colleges. It provides 24/7 access to professional tutors online for many subject areas.
For students to access these tutors, faculty must add the ThinkingStorm Virtual Tutoring Services in their Moodle courses.keep reading FAQ»
Yes, you can watch all recent TLTC workshop sessions at the TLTC’s YouTube channel!keep reading FAQ»
Instructors can schedule and start course-specific Zoom sessions by adding the Zoom Integration activity to their courses and setting up a Zoom Dashboard right within their Moodle courses.
Link to this FAQ: How can I schedule and start a Zoom meeting in my Moodle course?keep reading FAQ»
The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC) is providing trial access to Ally (stylized as A11y), a tool in Moodle that helps enhance the usability and accessibility of course documents.
Link to this FAQ: How do I use Ally to improve the accessibility of my course documents?keep reading FAQ»
Yes, you can use the official Moodle Mobile app on your iOS iPhone/iPad or Android mobile device!
Directions for getting set up with the app so that it connects to our campus instance of Moodle are at our Moodle Basics help guide.
Please be sure to use the correct URL.
Moodle Mobile app support and other information is also available from Moodle directly.
Like most apps, Moodle Mobile is an abbreviated version of the full Moodle experience on a desktop/laptop so please keep this in mind when trying to submit/complete high stakes coursework.
Direct link to this FAQ.keep reading FAQ»
Read&Write (RW) is a program that assists students with reading and comprehension. Once loaded, RW can float over any application such as word processing documents, web pages, PDFs and more. The fully customizable toolbar gives you access to features that include:
- Text-to-speech (have text read aloud to you)
- Audio file generation (save that “read aloud” version for study or listening later)
- Word prediction (even works phonetically)
- Word definition
- Word translation
- Highlighting text
- Talking calculator
And many others
Please visit the Read and Write Software page for more details.keep reading FAQ»
Sometimes a professor will upload a document file to Moodle in “protected mode” or “protected view.” This makes it harder for unauthorized persons to edit and alter the document. Because editing is disabled, printing a “protected” Microsoft Word document requires an extra step.
To print a Microsoft Word document that is in “protected view,” you must download the file from Moodle and save it on your desktop before you will be able to “enable editing” and print the file.
Instructions (for Microsoft Word on a PC. Word for Mac should behave similarly)
1. In Moodle, click on the title of the document you want to download. A dialog box appears.
2. Click “Save.” (Do NOT choose “Open,” or you will not be able to print the document.)
3. Choose to save the document to the desktop or a USB flash drive.
4. Wait until the document has finished downloading, then click “Open.”
5. Click “Enable Editing” in the beige-colored bar at the top of the MS Word document.
6. You should now be able to select “Print” from the File Menu or Windows Menu and print as you would any other Word document.
The Turnitin Self-Checker allows Purchase College students to check rough drafts of papers for plagiarism and proper citation. You can use the similarity report generated by Turnitin to identify paraphrases or citations that need revision before your final draft is due.
The Turnitin Self-Checker is available to all Purchase College students, faculty, and staff (requires current Purchase College login) and is not connected to any particular course or assignment.
Please note: only current Purchase College students, staff, and faculty can access Purchase College’s Turnitin Self-Checker. You must have a current Moodle/email account to login. There is no Guest access available.
Login to Moodle to access the Turnitin Self-Checker and self-enroll into the space.
Direct link to this FAQ: How do I use Turnitin to check my own drafts for plagiarism?keep reading FAQ»
Blocks are peripheral functionalities that can enhance your Moodle space. You are welcome to add any blocks you see fit to your course. Some commonly used blocks are Activities, Attendance, and People.
Link to this FAQ: What are Blocks in Moodle?keep reading FAQ»
If you notice inconsistencies between your class lists in myHeliotrope and enrollments in Moodle, you will need to create a ticket using the CTS Helpdesk Work Order System (WOT) to request that data be synced between the two systems. Be sure to include the course’s CRN, Title, and Instructor in the Work Order details.
All Moodle course creation, faculty assignments, and student enrollments come from Banner/myHeliotrope and are funneled directly into Moodle. Matriculated students who are officially registered for courses will automatically be enrolled into those courses on Moodle. TLTC staff and instructors no longer have the ability to manually add officially registered students into Moodle courses.keep reading FAQ»
The visibility of student grades on Moodle is controlled by the instructor of the course. The default setting is to not show grades to students.
- click on Settings > Edit Settings under the Course administration heading
- within the Appearance section, select “Yes” from the pull-down menu next to “Show gradebook to students”
- scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click the “Save changes” button
Students will now see a Grades link under the Course administration heading within their own Settings block, as seen below.
Enrolled students will only see their own grades, not the entire gradebook.
Link to this FAQ: Why can’t I see my grades on Moodle?keep reading FAQ»
To view your Moodle course the way students see it, go into your User Profile pull-down menu > “Switch role to…” and click on the “Student” button.
This is useful if you decide to set up resources and activities ahead of time that you’d like to hide and then make available later on in the semester. By switching your role to Student, you will be viewing the course from a student’s perspective but still logged in as the instructor of the course. You will not see any hidden resources or activities when you’re viewing the course as a student.
Simply click on the “Return to my normal role” link to view the course as the instructor.
Link to this FAQ: How does my Moodle course look to my students?keep reading FAQ»
Banner / myHeliotrope (the College’s student information and registration system) has taken over Moodle course creation, faculty assignments, and student enrollments in Moodle. Faculty will no longer need to add/remove students from their courses; this will be handled by the eLearning Banner/Moodle integration.
If you notice inconsistencies between your class lists in myHeliotrope and enrollments in Moodle, you will need to create a ticket using the CTS Helpdesk Work Order Tracking System (WOT). Be sure to include the course’s CRN, Title, and Instructor in the Work Order details.
All Moodle course creation, faculty assignments, and student enrollments come from Banner / myHeliotrope and are funneled directly into Moodle. Matriculated students who are officially registered for courses will automatically be enrolled into those courses on Moodle. TLTC staff and instructors no longer have the ability to manually add officially registered students into Moodle courses.
If you would like to add (or remove) someone to your course such as a learning assistant, course librarian, guest, accommodations, etc., you can still do so manually. Full details for Managing Moodle Participants are available at the TLTC’s Help Guides.keep reading FAQ»
We’ve activated Moodle’s YouTube filter so you can easily embed videos by providing a valid YouTube URL into a label resource.
You can also embed any video that has an embed code available for you to copy and paste into Moodle. If you’re going to use an embed code, be sure to toggle to the HTML source by clicking the Toggle to HTML Source icon.
Additionally, you may want to use the YouTube Anywhere integration available directly within any text editor in your course. Directions are available.keep reading FAQ»
The addition of Senior Auditors / Non-Degree Students to Moodle courses is not automated and must be done manually by the course instructor. Please have any Senior Auditors / Non-Degree Students confirm that their enrollments have been properly processed by the College.keep reading FAQ»
You can re-use course content that you’ve already uploaded into a previous Moodle course with a few clicks by using the Import function. The ‘Import’ link is located in your current course’s Administration area.
Detailed directions for importing course materials from one Moodle course to another are available at the TLTC’s Moodle Basics guide.
NOTE: Do not import Turnitin assignments. They will not function correctly in the new course space if they are imported from a previous course. You will need to re-create Turnitin assignments within the new version of the course.keep reading FAQ»
Moodle courses are set to automatically become available four (4) days prior to the course’s official start date. There is no need to manually open your course to student view unless you would like it to be available to students earlier than four days before the start of the semester / Summer/Winter session. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for specific dates.
Instructors may choose to make courses available before this time frame or close courses to student view at any time. Directions for controlling the visibility of your Moodle course spaces can be found at the Making Courses Available to Students (Show/Hide) section of the Moodle Basics help guide.
If needed, login to MyHeliotrope to confirm your enrollments/registration.
Link to this FAQ: How do I make my Moodle course visible / available to my students?keep reading FAQ»
Purchase College provides extensive anti-virus and anti-spam filters for all of its mail services. Viruses are stripped out of messages and quarantined before the message lands in your mailbox. The campus also uses Barracuda Spam Filter to detect possible spam and prevent it from reaching your mailbox.keep reading FAQ»
Both Apple and Windows computers are supported on campus. Consult your academic department regarding specific requirements.keep reading FAQ»
Yes. If you have:
- genuine interest in and knowledge of computers and technology
- strong verbal and written communication skills
- positive attitude and excellent customer service skills
- ability to work collegially and effectively in a team environment
Campus Technology Services (CTS) is offering access to Zoom, a video web conferencing application where many individuals can join the same meeting and share audio and video. It also allows for screen sharing and presentation mode.
Migration of existing Zoom accounts to Single sign-on (SSO) has been completed by CTS. Going forward, when you access Zoom from a web browser, visit https://purchase.zoom.us.
From there you can Join or Host a meeting or Sign in to Zoom through the “Sign in” option using your Purchase College credentials.
Step-by-step directions are at the CTS website.
Instructors can schedule and start course-specific Zoom meetings from within your Moodle course using the Zoom Integration using the directions at the Moodle Basics help guide.
Instructors can also schedule an in-depth Zoom Training Session with CTS Support Staff. Please contact CTS for more information.
Link to this FAQ: How do I hold a synchronous online meeting / live classroom session?keep reading FAQ»
You can send an email to all enrolled students in your Moodle course by using the Course Announcements forum.keep reading FAQ»
Under “My Account” students can update their personal and academic profile, change their privacy options and their password.keep reading FAQ»