This demonstration is designed to assist you in learning how to navigate an online course and acquaint you with the learning features an instructor might use.
Before we do anything, however, let me give you a tip on how to return to this page, the course home page. The picture below matches this screen. As you navigate from screen to screen, the program leaves a trail of where you have been. Breadcrumbs, they are called. Click on Course Tour, the name of the course in the breadcrumbs, to return to this page at any time. This is far superior to pressing the back button to find your way back.
One of the first things you will likely see is a welcoming message from the instructor. In this case the message is posted in a forum. Click the News and Announcements link below.
The News Forum is a special forum for course announcements. Only teachers and administrators can post in the news forum. The "Latest news" block will display recent entries from the news forum.
Courses are divided into sections, each separated with a banner. The next section is the Course Overview. Course sections are usually ordered by number, as in Module 1, Module 2, etc. or by date, as in Week 1, Week 2, etc.
A Course Overview provides general information about the course, such as an agenda and course requirements.
Note:The Course Syllabus and the Course Requirements (above) both have a small box to the right. If you clicked on the links, a checkmark will automatically appear in the box beside the activity, indicating you have completed it. Some activities can be marked complete by the student. You can manually place a check in the box to the right of this note. Try it.
1 - Self-paced Activities
Below are two examples of self-paced actviities. These are created in another sotfware program and linked to the LMS. In some instances the activities can be programmed to send information, such as a score, back to the LMS.
View the history of AFGE in the Timeline presentation below. After the presentation opens, click each time period to view brief video(s) of those years. Some periods have a short quiz to check your knowledge.
A term, anywhere in the course, may be automatically linked to its glossary entry, providing a quick definition or a further resource. Congressional Record, what's that? The opensecrets.org website, that sounds interesting!
An instructor can also let a team of students create their own glossary, as part of an assignment. The other students can add new definitions or rate the existing entries.