When you click the link to your course and once you’ve entered your enrolment key, you should be directed to your course home page.
At the very top of the page, you will see your “breadcrumb” path e.g. educatetogether > IntroETLearnTogether. This works much the same way as your computer will when you go into your files (i.e.: C://user/mydocuments/sampledocument.doc) to show you where exactly you are in the site. You can go back to any point in the pathway by clicking the word of the place you want to go. Clicking educatetogether will take you back to your home page. This is an easy way of jumping to a particular section without having to constantly press the ‘back’ button on your browser, which may not always take you where you want to go.
The boxes you see to on the right and left of your screen are called blocks. While the layout of these blocks may vary slightly from course to course, the following blocks will usually be available.
Contact your tutor: This usually appears on the top left. It will let you know the name of your tutor this week and if you click on the link below their name you can send them a message.
Activities: This usually appears under the ‘Contact your tutor’ box. Here you can see what assessments and assignments you have, see the forums relevant to your course and have a look at the list of resources available to you.
Course Menu: This is for navigating within a module. This can be used to jump to certain topics within a module.
Online users: shows you who is online in the last five minutes and who you can talk to.
The center section is where your course information is displayed. This section will include the content and activities for your course.
You can show and/or hide different topics by clicking on the ‘box’ icon in the top right hand corner of each topic.
At the beginning of the first module of each course, there will usually be a Forum for General News and Announcements. Information about general course administration, dates, etc. will be posted here from time to time.
Read down through the material clicking on any linked items when they come up and remembering that you will need to turn up your sound or put in/on your earphones/headphones depending on what type of item you are accessing. You can tell the type of item by the symbol beside the link e.g. audio or presentation.