This website will be your "classroom" for this online course. Take a few minutes to explore the website to familiarize yourself with the layout of the "classroom."
Navigation: Top Row
Directly below the logo on every webpage in the course, you will notice six links that look like this:
Clicking on these links will:
home: return you to the course homepage
instructor: open a page with suggestions for using your webmail or e-mail software to quickly and efficiently send e-mail to the course instructor.
discussion board: open a new web browser window with the course web discussion board. You will use the web discussion board to submit many of your course assignments and read messages from the instructor and from your fellow course participants. The web discussion board has an excellent on-screen tutorial that you can read by clicking on "Getting Started". You can print a reference copy of the tutorial by clicking here. When the new screen opens, click on the Print icon in your web browser toolbar or select Print from the browser File menu.
project archives: take you to a directory with projects that have been submitted by previous course participants. This will be a growing resource which you will want to revisit from time to time.
links: open a new browser window that contains every hypertext link contained in the course modules. This webpage will be useful when you want to return to a link your explored earlier in the course and do not want to burrow down into the modules to find the link. You may want to print a copy of this page for future reference.
Navigation: Second Row
On the course homepage as well as on course support pages, you will see a module navigation bar like this:
Clicking on the course module numbers will take you directly to each of the ten course modules. The interactive syllabus link will take you to a version of the course syllabus with links to each of the course webpages. You may find it helpful to add the interactive syllabus page to your bookmarks/favorites and use this page as an aid in tracking your progress through the course.
You will notice that when you enter each module, the top navigation row remains the same but that the second row changes to reflect the module organization scheme. The second row will look like this:
These module navigation links will:
introduction: open a browser window with the module introduction and content.
exploration(s) and reflection(s): open the webpages with instructions for the module assignments. In most modules, you will have both exploration and reflection assignments. The exploration assignments will be referenced with the number of the module, the letter "e" and the assignment number.(Example: 4e1, 4e2) The reflections assignments will be referenced with the number of the module, the letter "r" and the assignment number. (Example 4r1)
links: open a webpage that contains all of the links for the module. This differs from the top row reference links in that it only has links for the current module.
You will notice that the color of one of the second row links will change to red to indicate your location in the module. Links to the other webpages in the module remain active to allow you to easily navigate the module.
Important Note: If you haven't already done so, now is the time to download or print a copy of the course logbook. You will use this logbook to record your observations, comments and assignment completion dates as you move through the course. You will return the course logbook to the instructor for evaluation upon completion of the course. Click here to explore your options for downloading or printing the course logbook.