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									The RDN Virtual Training Suite

Guided worksheet for staff

http://www.vts.rdn.ac.uk/

A service of the

Created by the

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Exercise: Take a Tutorial
The best way to see what this site can offer is to have a go at one of the tutorials.

Access the site and select a tutorial
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You can navigate the main sections of the tutorial here These icons will tell you which section you are in

Go to the home page at: http://www.vts.rdn.ac.uk/ Take a few moments to familiarise yourself with the VTS home page Visit the About Us link and look for a list of all the tutorial authors Visit the News link and find a copy of the latest press release Visit the Fan Mail link and read some quotes from users Visit the Press link and see some press clippings and articles Go back to the home page: http://www.vts.rdn.ac.uk/ From the list, select one of the new tutorials for Further Education and follow the simple on-screen instructions. Work through the tutorial to get a taste of what is on offer. When you have finished try some of the exercises below to learn about special features.

Additional features can be accessed here

A link back to the home page where all the tutorials are listed

The authors and editors are listed here.

The front page of the tutorial: “Internet for Hairdressing and Beauty”

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Exercise: The Links Basket
The Links Basket feature helps you to keep a record of Web site URLs mentioned in the tutorial. You can see a list of all sites listed in the tutorial, or view your own personal selection. It offers you a number of choices – let’s explore them now.     Connect to the home page at http://www.vts.rdn.ac.uk Select one of the tutorials for Further Education Select the Links Basket option in the margin on the left of your screen Return to the main tutorial. You can add links to your basket as you work through the tutorials by selecting the icon, means the link is already in your basket - click on this icon to remove it. Add some links to your basket in this way. Now select the Links Basket option in the margin on the left of your screen and see your own personal selection of links listed there. Look at the various options To keep your Links Basket list for future reference. Follow the instructions to Email your links basket to yourself. Your list of links will arrive in your email shortly! From the Links Basket Page, explore the options to Show all the links available in the tutorial, Show comments boxes and Disable Links Basket. Would these options be useful to you?

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Select this Links Basket option at any time to see a list of links you have collected so far

Ticks indicate you have added these sites to your Links Basket already “Add” indicates you have yet to add these sites to your Links Basket

Collecting links from the “Internet for Performing Arts” tutorial

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Exercise: Teaching Packs and Key Skills
The tutorials can be used for independent learning, but are likely to be better received by students if they are introduced as part of a taught course or training session. A number of resources (lesson plans, worksheets, key skills outlines) are available from the Web site to support lecturers, librarians and trainers wishing to use the tutorials as a teaching tool. How might the tutorials help with your teaching?

Find the Teaching Pack for your subject
  Select the Further Education tutorial for your subject (please note the HE tutorials do not have subject-specific teaching packs) Select the Teaching Pack option from the margin on the left. Take some time to explore the Teaching Pack to assess whether it might help you with your courses

Note that the Teaching Packs in FE tutorials are subjectspecific

Select the “Teaching Pack” button to view the content listing

Find the Key Skills information for students
    Connect to the home page at http://www.vts.rdn.ac.uk Select the Further Education tutorial for your subject (please note the HE tutorials do not have Key Skills information) Select the Key Skills option from the margin on the left. This information is provided for students studying for FE qualifications in the UK. Would your students find this page useful?

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Exercise: Print a Handout
You will see a Print Friendly link on every page within the Virtual Training Suite tutorials, in the orange margin on the left of the screen. If you want to print out a page or a section from one of the tutorials you are advised to use our special print-friendly option. We have created print optimised versions of all the Web pages that give high quality printouts in a nice format. Use this feature to…     Create handouts for your students, by printing copies of some key pages within a tutorial Print out key pages of the tutorial to keep for reference Incorporate some printed pages into your teaching materials

Connect to the home page at http://www.vts.rdn.ac.uk Select the tutorial of your choice Find a page in the tutorial that you think would make a good handout IMPORTANT: The Print option is context specific (i.e. will present a printfriendly view of the current page). So stay on the page you want to print, and select the Print Friendly link in the margin on the left of your screen. This will bring up a print-optimised version of that page Now hit the PRINT button on your browser Note: At the top of the print-friendly page are options to print the whole chapter OR the whole tutorial in print-optimised versions

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Once you are on the page you wish to print, select the Print Friendly option here

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Exercise: Get a Free Poster
Free posters (in pdf format) can be downloaded and printed from the main Web site. There’s:

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a different A4 poster for each one of the tutorials a generic A4 poster for the whole suite

Black and white OR colour versions available.

Find the Free Posters Web page
     Using your browser, connect to the home page at http://www.vts.rdn.ac.uk Find the link to Posters and look at the page it takes you to (see below). Have a look at a few of the posters Select one of the links to subject-posters If you have a printer handy – try printing one of these out.

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