How to Log In and Access a Moodle Course

This page provides step-by-step instructions on how to:

Log in to Moodle

  1. Go to the Moodle Login/Web Single Sign On page.
  2. Are you logging in to courses offered by institutions using Australian Access Federation (AAF), such as UNSW AGSM Executive Education, UNSW Institute of Languages, UNSW Mining Engineering Specialist Courses?
    • If yes, click the appropriate alternative login link in the Need an alternative login to Moodle? section lower on the login page.
    • If no, continue to the next step.
  3. Click ‘Agree and sign on to Moodle’
  4. Enter your zID (followed by and password as you would when logging into outlook to complete the login. The My home page displays, containing a list of links to all your Moodle courses. 

What to do if your login fails

Login may fail for a number of reasons:

  • You may not have entered either your User ID or Password correctly.
    • In the USER ID field, ensure that you have typed a "z" before your student number.
    • Your PASSWORD (your zPass) is case sensitive. Check on your keyboard that Caps Lock is not on.
  • You may not be currently enrolled in the online course.
  • If Census Date has passed, you may be denied access if you have not paid your course fees. Check your fees status in myUNSW. Once you pay your fees, it can take up to 4 days for service to be restored.
  • If you have recently changed your course enrolment, your online access may not yet have been updated. Allow 2 working days for this to be done.

There may be a technical or administrative problem with your online access, in which case please contact your own Internet service provider or the UNSW IT Service Centre:

    Phone: internal x51333; from within Australia (02) 9385 1333; international +612 9385 1333

For all other Moodle issues contact External TELT Support with a description of the issue and your zID:

    Phone: internal x53331; from within Australia (02) 9385 3331; international +612 9385 3331

Forgot password?

If you've forgotten your password, please visit UNSW Identity Manager.

Access a Moodle course and Log Out

Once you are logged into Moodle, you will be directed to your Moodle home page.

  1. Your courses are displayed are under Course Overview (1). Click the name of the course to view the course home page.
  2. Search for a course by navigating to Site Home (2) and using the search tool.
  3. To log out, click Log out (3) at the drop-down menu under your name.

Click the following link for a video on how to access a course using a self enrolment key.


It is important to log out of Moodle and other TELT applications so that other people using the same computer cannot access your personal data such as marks. Once you have clicked the log out link, close the web browser.

If you are logged into more than one wSSO enabled application, be aware that your data is still accessible unless you close all browser windows. You will be prompted to switch to another wSSO application or shut down all applications at once.

Be security aware—don't allow browsers in computer labs or in the Library to remember your login credentials.

Once you are logged in, if you are inactive in Moodle for a substantial period, your session will time out. When you next access the Moodle page, the Login page will display with the message: Your session has timed out. Please log in again.