Spring 2014 deadline: Friday, February 21st, 2014

AARC and Moodle

AARC is your one stop shop for course registration, financial info and grade reports. Moodle is where many of your instructors will post handouts, syllabi, and other course content.

AARC

AARC is maintained by the Office of the Registrar, and provides access to online academic information for students and faculty. Most students get their first glimpse of AARC on Advising Day, when they register for classes. In addition to registration, AARC allows you to view your class schedule, check your grades, and add or drop courses. It also provides a link to your Student Financial Services account.

Viewing the Student Menu

In order to access the information in AARC, first log in to Simmons Connection:

  1. Visit http://connection.simmons.edu
  2. Log in with your Simmons username and password.
  3. In the top menu, click on AARC. You should now see options including Financial Information, Registration, and your Academic Profile

Simmons Connection and AARC Guides

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Moodle

This section is meant to give you background information about what Moodle is and how it is typically used.

Simmons Moodle is a password-protected learning management system used by Simmons College. GSLIS professors typically use Moodle to provide material, course discussions, quizzes, a course calendar, and to post grades online to students, (although official grades are entered into AARC at the end of the semester for the College's records). Faculty may customize each online course according to the needs of their students. Many faculty use other technologies, such as wikis, blogs, or personal webpages, to deliver content in addition to Moodle.

Activities

Time for your second activity, and your first tutorial. Log in to Moodle and click on the TOR course, then go into the Part 1 folder.

  1. Find the Spring 2014 forum, and respond to the question about your upcoming courses. Feel free to reply to your peers' posts or create a new message. If you have a question about posting, check out Moodle 101 or contact the GSLIS Tech Lab for help.
  2. Complete Tutorial 1: Best Practices. You need at least 7 point to pass, and you get three attempts. You may choose to complete this tutorial (or any others) at a later time -- just make sure that all activities and tutorials are completed by Friday, February 21st, 2014.