How do I log into Moodle

Valid for Moodle 2.8.  Updated on 5/26/2015.

To login, first you will need to get to the Moodle site. There are several ways to get to Moodle including,

  1. Going directly to the moodle site.
    • Go to or  Both addresses refer to the same location or
    • From the main campus web site, pull down the Campus Tools menu and select Moodle or
    • Go to your My Amherst and find the My Academics block. Follow the link to the Moodle course site.
      Tools pull-down menu
  2. Going through the department course listing.
    • In the main campus web site, find the course listing (AcademicsMajorsDepartment/Program NameCoursesCourse Name).  If a Moodle site is available for the course there will be a link to it as part of the course description page.

When you first go to the Moodle site you will see the login screen.

login page

You should either log in with your Amherst username and password or login as a guest.  Guest have limited permissions that vary by course. The social login option allows people to login with their Facebook and Google accounts, but this requires special setup and is only used in limited, special cases. Faculty members, Amherst students and Five-college students should never need to use guest logins.

If you are going to login as a guest you may want to check the list of guest-accessible courses that available through the list of list of links on the right. You may want to right-click on the link and open the list in another window or tab. Once in Moodle there isn't an easy way to get a list of guest-accessible courses.