Lost? Confused? Don't
worry... This web site
may seem big and scarry at first, but once you find your
way around it's not that bad. We've put together this guide
to help you get aquainted with this course and how it works.
Once you have gone through a lesson or two, the course design
and navigation will become familiar and easy to work with.
you login, you are directed to the Course's Main
Menu page. This
page is your syllabus and guide through the course.
course is divided onto 10 Lessons covering a variety of subjects.
The Main Menu (graphic to the right) will help you
track your status on each lesson and your progress through
the course. When you have completed a lesson a green check
will appear next to it. Lessons in progess are denoted by
a red arrow ,
and unread lessons are indicated by .
Simply click the lesson you have in progress or the next one
to be completed (you may also go back and review lessons you
have already finished). Clicking the Main Menu link on any
page will return you to this menu.
your way through the lessons
The Navigation area on each page (graphic to the left)
will help you through the course's
pathway for learning. Because
much of the course "content" is located in the Read
section, there may be multiple sub-pages within each Read section.
- The red
triangle on the left of the navigation area is an indicator
of your location in the lesson.
letters D R E A M are links to those sections within the current
lesson. (See below for explanation of DREAM)
button will take you to the next page of the course.
The "Main Menu" link will return you to the course's
Main Menu. You will also find links to Resourses, News, Discussion
Boards, and "Just 4 Fun" pages. These sections of
4faculty.org provide you with with an online community/environment
that we hope you will find valuable.
Other links in the navigation area are:
To get to from one lesson to another you must return to the
Main Menu or use the pull down menu located at the bottom
of each page.
Specific to your College
you see the icon
is relevant information to your specific college.
icon and be linked to that information on your campus.
done, close the window by clicking the X in the upper right
of the 10 lessons in this course is divided
into FIVE parts using
the acronym DREAM.
lesson is divided as follows:
first part of the pathway for learning
is the Discover section.
In this portion of each lesson we will:
of the introductions to the Discover
pages has a consistent "voice"
serving as the collective wisdom of
the group of authors and editors.
read sections contain dig deeper
links to more in-depth information
written by the course authors.
In the Read section you will find the
"reading(s)" for that
lesson. The Read section materials are
usually thought of as the content or
lecture portion of the course.
In the Read section you may find reading
materials, FLASH, PowerPoint or Video
presentations designed by the authors
of this course. Each "reading"
was written by an expert or team of experts
in the area addressed. You will
find their names at the opening of the
page. Their biographies appear on
page. While the content and "voice"
may vary from content module to content
module you will find that these materials
are presented using the best practices
in online course design:
in a user-friendly format
employing numerous headings,
lists where applicable,
boxes with definitions,
and graphics to make it
easier to remember the
- Provide context by illustrating
how knowledge of the subject
may be useful to your
life outside the class
today or in the future;
-Accommodate various types
of learners by using visually
and audio readings for
of the amount of information contained
in this section, their may be multiple
sub-pages within the Read section of some
lessons. When you have read or experienced
all the readings for that lesson, move
on to the next section of the lesson (Explore). Please
note that while this may seem a bit confusing
at first, a clear pathway will be drawn
for each lesson. If you follow the
path you will not get lost on your journey
The third section of each lesson includes
recommended books, journal articles
and websites you may wish to
explore to find out more about the information
contained in the reading(s).
These references have been carefully selected
by the authors and they represent only
works for which they offer a strong recommendation.
The quizzes which appears at the end of
each lesson will not include materials
from this section.
the materials recommended in this section
The fourth section offers tips for
application of what you learned into your
classroom, or on your campus.
Like the second section recommendations
for application and sharing your knowledge
were made by the content section authors
and course editors. These opportunities
to apply or share what you have learned
can be vital to your making the new found
As the much quoted D.G. Treichler pointed
out in 1967, we remember:
10% of what they read;
20% of what they hear;
30% of what they see;
50% of what they both see and hear;
70% of what they discuss with people
whose opinions they value;
80% of what they personally experience;
90% of what they teach to other people
The course has a discussion
board feature that contains help
information. If you are not familiar
with online discussion board, you
might find it a bit intimidating
at first, but it is really pretty
simple. Don't be afraid to experiment
a bit. Each discussion board contains
"Forums" (see the top
box in the set above).
Forums divide the topics on the
board. If you click on one of the
Forums, it will take you to the
"Topics" within that Forum
(see the lower box above). You can
click on the topic, read it and
post a reply, or, using the "New
Topic" or "Post a Poll"
buttons to the top right, make a
Note the "Hop to" box
in the lower right corner that takes
you back to other forums.
There is a "Discussion"
link in the left hand navigation region on every page.
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