Also referred to as: Classroom, Course Schedule, Calendar, Course Outline.
This is the heart of the course--the lecture hall so to speak. Here you will usually find all the material for the course, including grading policies, weekly deadlines, lecture materials, and online resources.
Etudes has a "Assignments, Tests & Quizzes" tool where you can take quizzes, exams, surveys, and practice tests.
In some custom-designed courses, instructors provide links to tests, quizzes, and tutorials in the course schedule, along with the deadlines.
There may be instructors that require proctored exams (mid-term or finals) to be taken on campus or another facility near you (to be arranged).
In many custom-designed courses, instructors provide links to course assignments. Under each assignment, they specify whether you must email your work as attachments or post it in the forum.
At the heart of most courses is the Discussions & Private messages area. It is also referred to as the forums area. This is where classroom interaction takes place: formal and informal discussions, exchanging of ideas, and asking/responding to course questions.
Make sure you understand the two types of online communication--one is not as flexible!
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This orientation was originally developed by Vivie Sinou as part of a grant from the Chancellor's Office, CA, 1999-00, and was adapted for Foothill College. The pages were designed with ideas from Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction, Illinois Online Network, and input from members of the California Community College Distance Learning Consortium.