Faculty Instructions

General Login

  • To log into the Courses site, click on the Caltech Moodle Website in the WebVPN screen, above. If you‘re already on campus, simply open your web browser and enter the URL: https://courses.caltech.edu. This will take you to the login screen:
  • To log into the Courses web site, you will need to have an an active IMSS account. At the login screen, type in your access.caltech username and password:


Main Page

  • The Main Page is in a three column format. The Course Listing is in the center of the page, broken down into three categories: “Current Term”, “Miscellaneous”, and “Archive”. If you are looking for a course from a previous term, you will need to look in the Archive. Otherwise, look for the course in its appropriate academic group.
  • For example, if you are teaching a course offered in Applied & Computational Mathematics, you would click on the “ACM” Course category hyperlink:

Course Listing Page

  • Each academic group course list page looks something like this.
  • Here you can see the course number, the course title, and the faculty member or instructor teaching the course. To see the detailed class page, click on the course number.


Main Course Page

  • Each course page includes three columns.
  • The first column includes administrative links: changing your profile, hotlinks to other courses in which you are participating in, active participants in the particular class, etc.
  • The second column includes the News forum and the Weekly outline, which includes the Homework surveys (if your class is participating in the campus homework survey project), assignments, and other resources that may be uploaded by you, the instructor.
  • Finally, the third column shows reminders, recent news, and a log of the most recent activity.


Homework Surveys

  • If your class is participating in the homework survey project, your students will be asked to fill out the survey weekly. Clicking on “Homework survey week ‘N‘” in the previous page will open the survey.
  • Clicking on the “All responses” tab will show you the results of the survey.


Survey Results

  • Here you can see the results of the survey, summarized with any comments.
  • If you would like to see the responses by student, you can click on “View By Response” to see each individual student‘s comments and time spent.


Other Resources



Uploading Assignments
For video tutorials on this, please see the Other Resources page for step-by-step instructions.

  • In order to make any change to a course page, you must first put the web site into editor mode. To do this, click on “Turn editing on”:
  • The editing interface might take some getting used to. Here‘s what the course page looks like in editing mode.
  • We‘ll zoom in on Week 1 for our upload example, and activate the pulldown menu to upload a file...
  • Here we see a zoomed in look at the pulldown menu to insert a new resource link in the week of 29 September – 5 October.
  • Clicking on “Link to a file or web site” will open up the “Adding a new Resource” page.
  • And here we see the “Adding a new Resource” page, for uploading new files or links into the course.
  • First, you need to give the file or link (called the “Resource”) a name.
  • Then enter any summary description you like.
  • Finally, you can enter the URL in the “Link” box, or choose to upload a file.
  • If you click on the “Choose or upload a file...” button in the previous screen, here‘s a view of the popup window.
  • To upload a file, click on the “Upload a file” button.
  • Finally, here‘s the screen that lets you browse to a file and upload it as a resource.