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- Primary Use of Moodle
- Other Uses of Moodle
- Devolved Responsibility for Moodle
- Support for Moodle Users
- Changes to Moodle
Moodle is a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), an online environment that offers file sharing, communication tools and other pedagogical resources to users. Cambridge University provides these services subject to the University Terms and Conditions statement. Further information and guidance for use can be found below.
Primary Use of Moodle
Moodle is the main VLE of the University of Cambridge. It is provided by University Information Services (UIS) and is endorsed by the Digital Teaching and Learning Sub-Committee (DTLS) to support the delivery of teaching and learning across the Collegiate University.
Other Uses of Moodle
Although the primary use of Moodle is to support the delivery of teaching and learning, the online tools and facilities in the system allow it to be used to support other activities, such as staff and volunteer training, research projects, administrative processes, committee business, and general secure file-sharing. However these are very much secondary uses of Moodle, not endorsed by the DTLS or by UIS, and there may be other more suitable systems available. UIS has put together a guide to facilitate these decisions: https://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/service/user-accounts-security/security/personal-data.
Devolved Responsibility for Moodle
Although hosted and maintained centrally, Cambridge Moodle uses a devolved ownership model: Departments, Colleges, Non-School Institutions and other offices are responsible for the management and administration of their own areas in Moodle and how those areas are used. It is the responsibility of local managers to ensure that Moodle is both appropriate and suitable for the purpose for which it is being used, and that its use complies with the University’s policies and guidelines. These policies include, but are not limited to, data protection, GDPR compliance, copyright, security, personal data considerations, access restrictions, and intellectual property rights. To help with this, UIS have put together guidance which can be found under the 'About Moodle' navigation heading in Moodle (Raven/Moodle access required).
Support for Moodle Users
Support for Moodle users is provided by local managers and centrally by the UIS Teaching and Learning Systems Team (T&L team). Although the T&L team supports all Moodle users through the provision of classroom training, online guides, and the Moodle Helpdesk, support for the delivery of teaching and learning will be prioritised.
Changes to Moodle
The T&L team regularly make changes to Moodle to improve its security, stability, and usability. Requests for changes and improvements are accepted from across the Collegiate University, and priority is given to those that improve its effectiveness as a tool to support the delivery of teaching and learning. Requests for changes that improve other uses of the system may also be considered, providing they do not affect this primary use. In addition necessary changes may (rarely) be made that negatively impact one or more secondary uses, although such changes will be avoided if possible.
The purpose and aims of Moodle and the policies governing its use are under constant review to ensure the system meets, and continues to meet, the University’s requirements for teaching and learning, as defined by the Learning and Teaching Strategy (2015-2018) and the Digital Strategy for Education (2016-2020).
- General personal information collected on our websites
- Legal basis for the use of personal data on Moodle
- Data held by the Moodle system
- How the Moodle system uses your personal information
- Where Moodle information comes from
- Who has access to Moodle data
- Where Moodle information is shared
- Moodle data retention
- How the Moodle Helpdesk uses your information
- Other policies and notices
- Further Information
General personal information collected on our websites
When you visit any of the websites within the University of Cambridge domain we hold certain information about you for service and security reasons. For more information on this, please see http://www.cam.ac.uk/about-this-site/privacy-policy. The University VLE Service (Moodle) collects, holds and processes additional personal information in line with the following privacy notice: https://www.uis.cam.ac.uk/privacy-notice.
The University VLE Service (Moodle) also uses your data as set out below.
Legal basis for the use of personal data on Moodle
If you have a Raven account and use this to access Moodle, our Legal basis for using your personal information is in order to deliver our contractual obligations to you as a user of our service.
If you only access Moodle as a Friends user (login to Moodle using a personal email address as a username): We use your personal information with your consent, as given by you to the user (usually a member of a department, college or non-school institution) who originally set your account up and added you to a Moodle course. You always have the right to withdraw your consent. Should you wish to withdraw your consent you should email the Moodle Helpdesk on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data held by the Moodle system
Data held by Moodle includes your name, email address, username (crsid or email address) and your University information, such as your College, Department and course information.
Moodle logs contain detailed information about user activity within each course, including the date and time of when course-specific information was viewed and/or updated, the address of the machine from which the access was made, the browser identification information and information about the referring web page. Logs are used to create summary statistics which may be made publicly available. Summary statistics do not include personal data.
Information about contributions to courses, including contributions to chat rooms and discussion forums, ownership of resources, assignment/file submissions, text matching scores and evidence of participation in other Moodle-based activities is held within the Moodle system.
Information and data related to users, including grades, feedback comments, scores, completion data, access rights and group membership is also recorded.
Additional personal data may be held within individual courses, either within documents/resources uploaded to the course, or within activities within the course. Other than contributions to chat rooms and discussion forums which are submitted by individuals in a personal capacity, course maintainers are responsible for the information held about you that may be uploaded onto such courses.
How the Moodle system uses your personal information
Moodle records and uses your personal information to:
- Provide you an account on, and identify you within, the VLE (Moodle) system
- Provide you access to courses/sites within Moodle
- Provide you the ability to upload, amend and delete certain information within Moodle
- Provide you access to the information, resources and activities uploaded to Moodle
- Control access to different parts of the system.
- Help support Moodle users
- For system administration and bug tracking
- Report on course, resource and activity access, activity completion, course completion and course data (such as grades, scores, submissions and content uploaded)
- For producing usage statistics for management and planning purposes
Individual courses within Moodle may collect additional personal information in order to:
- Provide services to the users
- Facilitate and support business processes
- Support users in their use of Moodle
A non-exhausted list of examples of this may include:
- Booking information
- User feedback
- Data collection for the purposes of business processes
- Contact information
- Application information
Where Moodle information comes from
For all users, Moodle records information supplied by the user. This includes information entered into your profile (such as telephone numbers, addresses and University related information, such as College, Department and Course).
As well as the information that you upload and submit to Moodle, Moodle also contains additional information.
For users who identify themselves to the system with their CRSid (Raven users), Moodle uses information supplied by:
- The University directory (Lookup) Service.
- The University authentication (Raven) Service.
- The University student records (CamSIS) Service.
- The University central HR records (CHRIS) Service.
- Relevant University departmental systems and services.
For users who identify themselves through the non-Raven login mechanism (Friends users), Moodle uses information supplied by:
- The Moodle user who creates the account.
- Relevant University departmental systems and services.
Additional information maybe uploaded onto individual courses by users of the system.
Who has access to Moodle data
The Moodle systems team at UIS has access to all information stored within Moodle for the purposes set out above.
All course administrators and maintainers have access to the personal information of the other users of that course.
Relevant subsets of this data may be passed to computer security teams at the University Computing Service (e.g. CamCERT) as part of an investigation into computer misuse.
Where Moodle information is shared
Moodle shares your personal information with other systems within the University
Certain data may be shared with the Text Matching Service (Turnitin) and Lecture Capture Service (Panopto). Their privacy notices are:
- Text Matching Service (Turnitin): Turnitin Privacy and Security notices and Turnitin User agreement
Moodle data retention
Information and data uploaded to Moodle, including accounts, courses and about contributions to courses, including contributions to chat rooms and discussion forums, ownership of resources and evidence of participation in other Moodle-based activities may be retained indefinitely.
Moodle data is backed up at a facility managed by UIS. The backups are held for the purpose of reinstatement of the data, e.g. in the event of failure of a system component.
How the Moodle Helpdesk uses your information
If you approach the Moodle Helpdesk for help with a fault, issue, question or support, Moodle support staff will need to look at your data held on the system, including files in your personal areas and the Moodle courses to which you belong. We may need to perform any of the following:
- In the process of providing support, answering your helpdesk question, reproducing/investigating your issue/problem or when forming a response, the Moodle helpdesk may navigate and interact with Moodle using your account. To do this we may use a feature know as 'login-as' which allows the helpdesk to take control of your account. The helpdesk does not add, edit or delete any data within Moodle when doing this, without your prior permission. We will never ask you to send your password to us as part of any support that we provide.
- The helpdesk, when providing support to your query, may also duplicate your course or data and transfer it into another part of the system or one of our test systems. This is to allow us to carry out investigations, test solutions and provide you with support.
- When providing support, the helpdesk never gives out your personal information, including usernames and passwords.
Other policies and notices
A full list of relevant policies and notices for Moodle can be found here: https://www.student-systems.admin.cam.ac.uk/moodle/legal.
For more information about how we handle your personal information, and your rights under data protection legislation, please see https://www.information-compliance.admin.cam.ac.uk/data-protection/general-data.
Moodle sets two cookies, MoodleSession and MOODLEID_
Cookies are small files which sit on your computer and record specific interactions between you and this website, and in some cases, other websites. This information is sometimes shared with the University of Cambridge, and in other cases, third parties. Below is more detail about the cookies we use, what they record and who the information is shared with. You are of course free to disable cookies.
Further information can be found on the University’s cookies webpage.
In addition to the cookies listed on the cookies webpage, Moodle will set the following cookies:
This cookie provides continuity and maintains your login from page to page. When you log out or close the browser this cookie is destroyed (in your browser and on the server
This cookie records the username you log in as when you visit the site, and allows the username field to be automatically filled in the next time you visit