Instructions for Users
|Site:||CARDI Small Ruminants Programme|
|Course:||CARDI Small Ruminants Programme|
|Book:||Instructions for Users|
|Date:||Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 4:07 PM|
Table of contents
The purpose of this book is to help you make the most of your online learning.
The chapters will go through the various icons you will see, how to navigate, and how to access the resources
Throughout this site you will see a variety of icons, it doesn't matter which course you are doing, the icons will all have the same meaning and use. The icons on the site are 'clickable', that is you need to click on the icons or the text beside the icons to access the activity and/or information.
|'Assignment' This will allow you to upload files or write online to complete an assessment.|
|'Chat' This is a synchronous (live) chat room. Generally, there will be a set time for you to access.|
|'Database' This is an activity that will have set fields for you to complete.|
|'Feedback' This is your opportunity to tell us how we can improve your learning experience|
'Forum' Unlike 'Chat' the forum can be accessed at any time. Generally, there will be some questions for you to answer and discuss with the other learners
|'Glossary' This contains a list of words, phrases, acronyms etc relevant to the subject. Always worth looking at as it will help you familiarize yourself with language and jargon commonly used.|
|'Lesson' This is an activity that will take you through some learning content which may have questions for you to answer embedded in it.|
|'Quiz' This is an activity for you to complete, the quiz can be made up of a variety of question types.|
|'SCORM' This is a video/animation for you to view. It can contain information and activities for you to complete.|
|'Wiki' This works the same way as Wikipedia, in that you can add and edit content.|
|'Workshop' This is an activity where you will be required to 'do' something (either write about something or answer specific questions'. You may then need to view some other learners work and provide feedback and grade their work - known as 'peer evaluation'.|
|'Book' Something for you to read, usually information that is broken down into chapters.|
|'Page' Something for you to look at, it may contain links to articles, have video embedded or images for you to view. After you have read/viewed, you may be directed to complete one of the above activities.|
The first thing that needs to be noted about the navigation within moodle is that you never ever use the browser back arrow. As a learner you will be asked to complete activities and upload files, even if you have clicked on the 'Save changes' button, then use the browser back arrow to navigate back to a previous page, you run the risk of wiping everything you have just done. The browser back arrow acts the same as 'Ctrl z' on your keyboard - it's not always a good thing.
When you log in - you are directed to the 'Front Page' this will have a list of courses that are available. Click on 'My courses' to see the course you are enrolled in. If no courses appear in the list, you may need to contact your Trainer or enrol yourself into the appropriate course.
To enrol yourself you can:
- click on 'Site home' (under Navigation) to see a list of all the courses
- click on 'Find courses' (top menu bar)
To enter the course - click on the course name
Then click 'enrol'
3.1 Course Navigation
The course page will display once you enter the course.
From here you will be able to access the course activities and resources by clicking on one of the section tabs.
Before you enter a section, take some time to read the information and look at the resources/activities that are already visible.
As you saw from the icons in Chapter 2, there is a variety of activities that you can participate in.
To make the most of your learning it is recommended that you:
- participate in forum discussions - as this will help you connect with other learners
- complete the assessment activities - these are based on the learning content that you have be provided (either online content or hard copy content)
- view the glossary - so that you become familiar with the specific language and jargon associated with the topic
- complete the database activity - this helps build up information about the topic and it could also be used as part of your assessment
- watch the 'scorm' video - as this will have relevant information on the topic
- complete the lesson - as this will help you put the content into context
- complete the quiz - this will help you determine how much you know.
Whilst there may appear to be a lot of activities, each one is carefully selected to help you on your learning journey. As this is an online component, there is no need to complete every thing in one go...you are able to take your time, as long as you complete everything by the required date.
The purpose of the resources is to provide you with the relevant information that you need to know. The resources may need to be accessed before, during or after a face to face session, but they will need to be accessed at some point.
The majority of resources will coincide with an activity, for example, watch the video then answer the questions in the discussion forum, or read this article and in the assignment activity, explain how this would relate to you and your workplace etc.