COURSE TOUR/NAVIGATION This course is an introduction (or, continuance of) to _______________, so prior knowledge and skills are assumed and necessary for success in this class. There are things you can do to make the transition easier. You should have obtained the materials and text that you need so you can look at the topics in a way that is familiar to you. Also, you should look at the additional required text to familiarize yourself with the topics and vocabulary as it was presented in this text. In this class we will cover chapters ___ through ___ in the textbook. As you take this class you will be required to read, write, and to study all chapters and assigned course materials. As stated in our syllabus, your final grade is an average of your chapter test grades, practice activity/quiz grades, discussion activity grades, and the final exam. In order to accomplish this we will use information from activities, our textbook and other assignments. COURSE NAVIGATION Understanding the Course Menu Functions As you navigate this site, use the course menu at the left of the screen. You can print a copy of this page and learn the purpose of each of the items on the course menu. Click each item in the list to see the content as you learn to navigate within NS Online. My Home This is the page shows a list of the student's courses for the semester. Each ground and online course has a NSOnline page available with information about the course. Calendar The calendar gives you a quick look at when assignments are due and suggests times to begin work on the several lessons, often looking ahead to a larger assignment such as the research project. Click the link below to watch a video tutorial: http://ww2.nscc.edu/lyle_l/ST/calendar2/calendar2.html Course Home This is the page where you will find instructor contact information, help desk information, as well as other sources of help. Also, there are new boxes below the instructor's contact information that will show announcements for the course throughout the semester. E-Mail Mail is an internal email program to communicate only with the instructor and students in the class. When students are added to the class roll, an email account is automatically set up. NSOnline email is to be used for private communication between instructor and students or between students. You can access this tool by clicking on the "New Email" icon in the top right corner of the course home page. Click the link below to watch a video tutorial: http://ww2.nscc.edu/lyle_l/ST/email/email.htm Please be respectful and appropriate when emailing the instructor. You should consider all emails that you send to the instructor as formal and important.This means you should choose your words carefully, and you should be mindful of how you send your messages.Please allow at least a day for a response to your email from the instructor. If you email the instructor on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), you will receive a response on the following Monday, unless it is designated as a holiday. If this is the case, you will receive a response on the day classes resume. If for any reason the NSOnline email is down, you can email the instructor at the campus email. Check the NSOnline Tip Sheet for information on how to send and check emails Content This section has several pages--The screen you are reading now explains the Course Menu. As guide through some the course system, use the NSOnline Tip Sheet help you. The Netiquette page helps you understand the rules and appropriate conduct for an online course. The next screen contains your Course Syllabus and Weekly Class Schedule. Discussions Discussions are an area where the instructor or student can post messages to be read by others. It is referred to as a threaded discussion because once a message has been posted, class members can respond to the message. All students enrolled in this class are required to check in with me at least once per WEEK. Failure to login once a week will result in a FA grade. To check in, please write a brief response to each of the questions listed in the Discussion section of NS Online. Check the NSOnline Tip Sheet for information on how to compose and submit discussions. Click the link below to watch a video tutorial: http://ww2.nscc.edu/lyle_l/ST/discussions/discussions.htm Quizzes/Tests/or Exams A link to the quizzes, tests, or exams is provided. All work is due at specified dates and times, so please make sure to get your work in on time. There may also be links to quizzes from Lesson pages. Click Quizzes/Tests/ or Exams to take tests. The first time you take a test, carefully read the instructions provided. You may want to print the instruction page for further reference. Check the NSOnline Tip Sheet for information on how to take and submit quizzes. Click the link below to watch a video tutorial: http://ww2.nscc.edu/lyle_l/ST/quizzes/quizzes.htm Assignments There are several assignments, which are listed on the weekly schedule as well as under the Assignments tab. Click the Lessons to see the material your instructor has provided to support the course content, practice exercises and links to other websites. Your essays and research assignments will be submitted to the assignment folder as attachments. Check the NSOnline Tip Sheet for informations on how to check grades. Click the link below to watch a video tutorial: http://ww2.nscc.edu/lyle_l/ST/assignments/assignments.htm Grades This link allows a student to see his or her individual score on discussion questions, quizzes, and assignments. Most quiz and test scores are automatically posted. Items graded by the instructor (manually) will be posted at least a week after the due date. Final grades are entered after completion of the final exam. Check the NSOnline Tip Sheet for information on how to check grades. Click the link below to watch a video tutorial: http://ww2.nscc.edu/lyle_l/ST/grades/grades.htm Check Your Progress Follow these steps: 1. Click on the Classlist link on the upper navigation bar. 2. Click on the Students tab. 3. Click on the icon on the same row with your name under "Actions." Click on the icon (blue circle made of dots." From the dropdown next to "Tool," choose the item you wish to see. A page with your progress will open. Classlist This link list all of the students in the class and the instructor as well. Here you can email other classmates as well as the instructor. Check the NSOnline Tip Sheet for information on how to email. LINKS ON THE LEFT: NSCC E-library On the left side of the course homepage there are several links that will be helpful to you. Click on “Library” to take you to the E-library, which will give you access to the resources you will need in order to complete the assignments that you must do research for. Student Support Services: This link will take you to the find the resources you will need to be successful here at NSCC. There are three main types of information listed: Information, Services, and Academic Assistance. Please visit the site to find out more. Bookstore: This link gives you general information about the bookstore and a link to buy your textbooks from. Career services: This link gives you information about the different companies and jobs that are available in and around Nashville. Testing Center: This link gives you general information, such as hours the testing center is open. Computer help: What if something goes wrong? Computer Services sends announcements indicating when and how long D2L will be down. I will post these announcements on the discussion page. If you are experiencing technical difficulties call the help desk at 353-3678. If assignments are due during outages, please submit your completed work when the system goes back up. Please remember I know when the system goes down. If you have technical problems from your home computer or the computer you are using to access this course, please email me or call (353-3344) as soon as possible to discuss possible solutions.