Description: The following article mainly has the topic about ecampus login, in which the author will be facilitating the hum 115 course for the next five weeks. The author finds that the students do not know how to do some of the basics such as finding assignments, opening e textbooks or even sending private messages.
My name is Shyanne Ledford. I will be facilitating your hum 115 course for the next five weeks. I realized a while back that some of the students in my classes were so new to university Phoenix and college, but they didn’t know how to do some of the basics such as finding assignments, opening e textbooks or even sending private messages to me.
So I wrote this article, hopefully this will help make the online classroom a little more accessible, before we begin, I want to point out that in order to protect student privacy, I’ve had to use several classes that I still have access to, some of these classes might say hum 115 and others might say something else.
As in the case of this one it is a workshop that I took last month, instead of being concerned about which class I’m in, let’s focus on the tools and the resources that I’m pointing out, we have three objectives, first we’re going to do a virtual overview of the many areas that you’ll see in the classroom.
Second we will explore some specific areas a little further, finally I’m going to ask for your help with something, let’s look at the class home area, this area is located when you first log in on the left side of the screen below the title of the course.
In the class home area you will find a link to private messages which are between you and your instructor, no one else can see them, the class messages area are public and everyone can see them, the learning activities area takes you straight to our learning activities.
A hyperlink takes you straight to the assignments area, notice above this section where it says class home, there are other tabs, it says day one, day two and full syllabus, because this is a two-day workshop, for your course it will say class home, week 1, week 2, week 3 until the end of the course and the full syllabus.
Notice them because this class has been dismissed, these weeks are crossed out, as we complete a week, it will be crossed out as well helping us keep track of where we are, above these tabs you will see the title of the course, in the gray bar you will see links to other resources at the University of Phoenix.
For example the University of Phoenix library is all online, the Phoenix Connect system is our version of social media, on our Career Services Center you can write a resume, make a cover letter and even search for jobs with employers that are University of Phoenix friendly.
Below this in the far lower left corner of your screen, you will see two tabs which say class activity showing all the activity for the entire class including your instructor and my activity, clicking on my activity will filter out everybody else’s stuff and show only your posts, submissions and your activity.
Here is where you can keep track of when and if you’ve submitted assignments, as you can see I submitted an assignment here, you can see when you’ve replied to discussion posts, in your course your faculty will code your post with a green s meaning that it is substantive and will count towards the weekly requirements for participation.
Hopefully you never see this, but sometimes your posts maybe don’t meet the requirements and receive a purple or gray u meaning that it will not count towards the weekly requirements, those weekly requirements are listed in your instructors policy document.
It varies by instructor, so I recommend you check that up at the start of every class, you can see all your green s, any other codes keep track of when things are coded, you may also uncover errors such as something that may have been missed or something that may have been coded in a way that you don’t agree with.
Please allow 24 hours for your faculty to code your discussion posts, in the case of weekends or holidays you may want to give a little more time, at the top of your screen in the upper right hand corner, you will see your name, this is your profile, you can make changes there changing the picture or even changing your display name so that students in class know what you’d like to be called.
You will also see a place to check your email, this is where the University of Phoenix sends email and also a chat bubble, clicking on this bubble will show you a list of students who you are connected with either because you’ve been in class together or added each other to your contact list that you can chat with.
You’ll also see that you and your faculty are online, if you have a question even if it’s late at night or early in the morning, check and see if your faculty are online and send them a chat, it might be a quick way to get your questions answered.
In about the middle of your screen you will notice that it says US/ Arizona time, it gives a date and time, as you can see I’m creating this passage on September 19th at 10:30 a.m. Arizona time, it’s 12:30 p.m. where I live, this is extremely important because all of your participation posts and all of your assignments receive a timestamp as well based on when you submit them according to Arizona time.
This can get tricky when you’re up late at night or early in the morning submitting posts and assignments, it may be a certain time where you live and it is different time and date somewhere else, so please make a note of this when submitting.
Next to that you’ll see a printer icon, clicking on this will create a PDF of your entire syllabus all five weeks, you can either save it electronically on your desktop or you can print it out for easy reference, on the right side of that a little bit below, you will see an area called instructor announcements.
This is where your instructor will announce things of importance, for example it’s the last day to turn in your assignments or there’s been a server outage everyone should know, you have an extra day to turn in your work, it’s very important that you check this area every day.
Beneath the instructor announcements area you will see an area which normally says current grade, I’ve completed this workshop, so it says final grade, but for you it will show a running total of your points so far in weeks one, two, three.
Finally at the end of the course when everything is graded, it will show your final grade, beneath that you will see classroom tips, instructor policies and other things of great importance, this is where you will see academic policies from the University of Phoenix and your instructors policies for this particular course.
It varies, this is something that you would check on the first day of the course, further down underneath the instructor policies you will see the class roster, the faculty member is always shown first with the little hat indicating that they’re the faculty member.
Then below that all the other members of the class or your colleagues will be shown, if they’ve completed their profile, you’ll see a picture, if they haven’t, you’ll see a clipart, a generic human body form, try clicking on a picture and viewing the profile of that person.
Make sure that you’ve edited your profile information to ensure that your privacy settings are where you want them to be, by default you may be showing more information than you realize, definitely check that out, it’s time to get specific and look at a few key areas.
You should log into your classroom every single day, when doing so, you should check for private messages, look at class messages and see if you’ve missed any instructor announcements, then you would look at the current week in this case week 1 and start going through your learning activities.
In this case I want to look specifically at a required learning activity under week 1 called asking the right questions a guide to critical thinking chapter 1, this is from your textbook, when you first click on a learning activity, it will take you to the instructions which in this case are self-explanatory, read the chapter.
Sometimes there will be another tab here such as reading or simulation or interactive activity video, I’m going to click on reading, this gives me an opportunity to launch the external textbook application, I would click here, it would take me to a new tab showing our textbook.
The first time you do this, there’s a little bit of setup, you have to put in your password, after that your ebook shelf is set up from then on, you launch the chapters, notice that some of my stuff has been highlighted, you can do that too by selecting a section and adding highlight or even adding an a note.
This is an important tool that if practiced now will become very handy when you get to your upper level courses and the information is a lot harder to maintain and recall, going back to week 1 I want to show you that before the learning activities are the course objectives.
This is where your goals for the week are listed, every activity, every discussion post is geared towards making sure that you’ve met these goals, when your faculty are grading your work whether they are discussion posts or assignments, they’re looking to see that you’ve mastered these concepts.
Keep that in mind, switching back now to the workshop so that I can show you how to submit assignments, I’m clicking on day one which would be week one for your course, scrolling down past the learning objectives, past the learning activities required and recommended, I find the assignments area.
For your course you’ll see participation listed which if you click on it will show you the grading rubric, so you know how to earn your points, there are eight of them with each week 40% of your grade, you will see the assignments for that week.
This is where you would go to read the instructions, when the time comes, to submit your file you are going to select upload, find the file on your computer and go through the motions to submit, you can see a timestamp, if you do not see a day and time here, your work has not been submitted and your faculty cannot see it, this is crucial.
Finally when your points have been posted, you can click the grading tab to see comments from your faculty in some cases you could click on an uploaded grading rubric to get additional feedback, it is not recommended that you wait until your faculty have posted your grades to start the next week’s assignments.
In fact it’s recommended that you get moving, get a head start, when your faculty have posted feedback, you use that feedback to make minor changes if necessary, waiting until the last minute or until you’ve received feedback is never recommended because we don’t have time, we’re on a very tight timeframe of five weeks.
I’ve switched back down so that I could show you the week one gamescape assessment, this course has five game scapes, one each week, I want to make sure that you know that in order to access the gamescape, you would click on the assignment in the assignments area under instructions or it says student materials which is all you should have.
You would click week one gamescape and then interactive tutorial, this is where you’ll find an external content launch for the gamescape, be sure to download the PDF and submit it as I can’t automatically see gamescape scores, it seems that you’re ready to go, it seems that you’re off and running, now I need your help, I want to see how many students are reading this article, leave me a comment.