Description: Here below shows a demo for DeVry University Online Course, the e-learning practice course module and a demonstration of the practice course module.
Welcome to the e-learning practice course module, my name is Michelle Martin. I will be walking you through a demonstration of the practice course module, this demonstration is a great way for you to learn more about DeVry University and get important information including a walkthrough of our e-learning platform.
It will show you what’s expected of you during a typical course at DeVry University active Rai, we believe in active learning that means that we work hard to give you the opportunity to practice and apply what you learn.
It also means that we help you grow and master your course objectives by engaging you in active discussions with your classmates and professors, you will encounter different modes of learning during your time at DeVry in an on-site course.
Most teaching and learning activities will occur face-to-face although there will be some minimal use of the e-learning platform to complete out of class assignments in a blended class, we will integrate the e-learning platform more significantly into your weekly coursework online courses rely most heavily on the e-learning platform with all of your coursework being completed without face-to-face interaction with your professor.
However, that doesn’t mean that you’ll be alone, our e-learning platform will give you online access to your classmates and professors for discussions and more, it will provide the outline and assignments for your courses weekly milestones and grade updates resources to help you complete assignments and plenty of opportunities for feedback from our faculty members.
This is your practice course, this section will show you a typical course in the e-learning platform at DeVry University, all of the courses are eight weeks long, several tabs are available to you at all times during your course.
Let’s look at these briefly, the grade book is where your grades are posted grades for all of your assignments and exams to date will appear to check on a specific rate select the score next to that item, the email tab allows you to send messages directly to your professor.
This is the fastest way to get in touch with your professors, the chat function allows you to interact with classmates via a live instant messaging forum doc, Sheeran is where your professor will post documents templates and other materials to share with you.
Be sure to check this tab often, the Dropbox is where you go to submit assignments, upload your document and hit the submit tab, finally the webliography provides a list of electronic resources and websites, that can be helpful to you for course assignments quizzes and exams.
You will need to know how to use the e-learning platform for four common tasks accessing course materials accessing and turning in assignments interacting with your class and checking your progress through assessments and grades.
You can explore each of these tasks through this practice course, the course syllabus maps out the entire course for you, you can see when your assignments are due what readings you have for each week and when your quizzes and exams are scheduled.
Most of our courses will have electronic readings and course materials available for you, you can access these readings from the syllabus or from an available eReader application course announcements which you’ll see at the top of your course.
Homepage are visible every time you log in, this is where your professor will post messages for you to read, it’s very important that you check these each time you log into your course and finally don’t forget to check out the tabs above which include your grade book and doc sharing and more.
When you’re ready to take a peek inside a typical week, select the assignments page to the left the objectives page lists all of the course objectives that will be covered during the week course objectives really define what you need to learn for the course.
This page will help you understand the learning goals for the week, all of the lectures discussions assignments and readings for the week connect to the course objectives, each course will have several objectives, you can find a complete list of them in the course syllabus.
Under each course objective, you will see a list of key concepts, these are the skills or tasks that you should focus on during the week to master the objectives, finally there’s a print button in the upper right corner, select this button to print the entire page which you can then use as a handy offline reference when you select the student resources page within your course.
You’ll find the student Resource Center which we call the hub from the library to readings to the writing source, the student Resource Center contains a wealth of information and important resources, for example, the writing source contains over 50 writing videos that have been created, especially for you speaking of videos.
You’ll also have access to a variety of videos and tutorials in the video library, you’ll find a lot of support for your learning experience, in addition, if you’re looking for help, you’re in the right place, the contact page is your one-stop for phone numbers and email addresses the student Resource Center may also contain program specific resources including important links program information.
Finally, if you’re looking to connect with your fellow classmates outside of the classroom, the student resource center does that too, you’ll find message boards forums blogs and more you can access the Student Resource Center from your course or you can find it at hub to DeVry GDU on a typical course assignments page.
You will find all the information you need about that week’s assignments although you can find the same information in your course syllabus, this page contains more detailed instructions of what’s expected of you during the week.
Let’s see what’s on this page, this is the print icon, select this icon to print the entire page which you can then use as a handy offline reference, the assignments page usually consists of three parts readings homework and discussions the readings section will list the required readings for that week.
Most of your courses will contain an electronic textbook which can be found in the course syllabus, but occasionally, your professor will post additional readings here, the homework section will describe the assignments for the week, this could include papers presentations iLab projects or a variety of other interactive activities.
It may also include special instructions about the homework such as directions on how to use the drop box, the drop box is the tool you will use to submit individual assignments to your professor.
Finally, depending on your course, the assignments page might also contain information about your iLabs course projects quizzes or exams de Vries active learning philosophy means that you’ll have many ways to learn throughout the week.
The use of discussion is one important way to stay connected to participate, go to the discussion page for that week, the discussion page lists questions for the week and is central to your learning experience in a course here.
You will improve your communication skills as you learn course concepts with your professor and fellow classmates discussions can help you take your learning to the next level and are designed to help you interact in an online community with your class.
Best of all, discussions will provide you with career oriented skills and knowledge that you can take into your present or future workplace, in most cases, a significant percentage of your grade is made up of discussion points, so it is important that you contribute wondering what’s expected of you in the discussion although each course has its own set of discussion policies.
Let’s look at a typical course to get a good idea of what may be expected of you in this practice course, there are two graded discussions and one ungraded question-and-answer or QA discussion.
Let’s first check out the ungraded Q&A,this is usually a place for you to ask general questions and get timely answers, you don’t necessarily need to post here, but it’s always a good idea to check the Q&A; discussion from time to time as questions may pertain to you to support your learning participation in the graded discussions is mandatory grace for discussions are typically made up of two criteria.
The number of times you are required to post each week and the quality of those posts in this practice course, you are required to post on three separate days in each of the graded discussions.
Let’s look at some of the students posts to see how they did as you can see here in the first graded discussion, student ones first post was on Monday in response to the starting question Tilly for your class by your professor student one made her second post on Wednesday commenting on another student’s response on that same day.
She made another post, but did not post again for the rest of the week although student 1 posted three times, she did not meet the minimum requirement to post on three separate days, in addition, she only posted on two days and the second graded discussion if student one had posted again in both graded discussions on Saturday.
She would have met the minimum posting requirements as it stands student 1 would lose points, because she did not post on three separate days and both graded discussions, she didn’t stay connected throughout the week.
Let’s take a look at another students posts, student 2 has posted on three separate days in the first graded discussion, looking good so far, however, the quality of the post is not quite there student 2 started off well by continuing the discussion and citing a website as a source in his second post.
He agreed with the fellow student, but did not offer any meaningful insight that covered the discussion in his third post student 2 related a story from his own life while it’s great to share the contribution to the discussion does need to relate to the week’s topic students who will get credit for all three of his posts, but not all the points for quality.
Finally let’s look at student threes posts student 3 has posted on at least three separate days in each of the graded discussions and they are all high quality posts in her posts she responded to fellow students and her professor by offering her insight into the topic and continuing the discussion.
She also did a little research and cited her sources, the discussions give you a way to actively learn and stay connected to your professors and fellow students, in addition, you can post anytime, you want morning noon or night, you get to take your time and compose your thoughts before you submit your comments.
You should always make a point to be courteous to and mindful of your fellow students and it’s important to always remain professional, be sure to check your course syllabus, as they will explain the exact posting requirements, the e-learning platform makes sure that nothing stands in the way of your learning, you have 24/7 access to the course where you can read announcements check grades and stay connected with faculty and students as you move through a course.
There are a number of ways to check your progress, let’s look at what a quiz or exam looks like ,the first page of a quiz or exam covers basic information, it tells you when you can see your grade, in the grade book, how many times you can take the quiz or exam and how much time you have to take it, remember quizzes are scheduled events, so it is important to check the syllabus and with your professor.
As you prepare for each quiz and exam, the timer starts the second, you hit the begin quiz button, this quiz consists of a couple of multiple-choice questions, a couple of short answer questions and one essay.
Let’s see what this particular quiz looks like, just hit the begin quiz button to get started, you’ll see a pre quiz information page with more information about your exam or quiz select the begin quiz. Now button to begin answering the multiple choice questions is to select the button next to your choice.
If you change your mind, click a different button for the short answers and essay simply type your answers into the spaces provided to check the spelling, click the check spelling button for each answer, you should always spell check your answers after you type them.
You also want to hit the save answers button a lot, this doesn’t submit your answers to be graded, but if something should happen to your computer in the middle of a quiz or exam, your answers will be safe, you should also hit save anytime you leave the exam to check the weekly lectures or discussions for research when you’re done just come back into the exam and pick up where you left off if for some reason the connection is lost the exam timer continues to run.
But you’ll be able to finish an exam without technical problems after you’re finished, you may want to go back through the exam to review and make sure you didn’t miss any, once you’re satisfied, simply hit the submit for grade button and you’re done if for some reason you have not finished your quiz or exam in the allotted time.
The system will automatically exit you for online classes, check your courses for the time frames for exams, for blended or on-site courses check with your professor, you will not be able to take the quiz or exam after the scheduled time so make sure you block off enough time during the week to take it for some quizzes and exams.
You’ll know your grade immediately, however, you’ll have to check the gradebook after your professor has finished grading it to check your grade click on the gradebook tab all of your assignments and scores today will appear to check on a specific exam grade select the score next to that exam, a new window will open with more details, you can see which questions, you got right and wrong as well as view comments from your professor, we hope this orientation has been helpful to you. DeVry University takes an active role in our student success, we look forward to helping each one of you to reach your educational goals.