A Getting Started Module or Module 0 can serve as the orientation to an online course. The purpose of this module is to help students learn the course routine, expectations, and organization as well as ensure that students are familiar with Moodle and have all of the hardware and software required for the course. Providing this online orientation will help students become familiar with your course and may also reduce the number of questions you receive regarding course routine, expectations and organization.
Consider making Module 0 the assignment or one of the assignments for the first week of your online course since this time period allows students to drop/add.
Some activities to consider including in this module are as follows:
Sugar, A. (2011). Module 0. In K. Thompson and B. Chen (Eds.), Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository. Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning. Retrieved October 17, 2012 from http://topr.online.ucf.edu/index.php?title=Module_0&oldid=2209