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Navigation Guide

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.

Course Navigation

Main Menu

Once you login, you are directed to the Course's Main Menu page. This page is your syllabus and guide through the course. The 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 icon 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.

Making your way through the lessons


- The Navigation area on each page (graphic to the left) will help you through the course's recommended 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.

- The letters D R E A M are links to those sections within the current lesson. (See below for explanation of DREAM)

- The 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:

Note: 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.


Information Specific to your College

Whenever you see the icon   or    there is relevant information to your specific college.

Click the icon and be linked to that information on your campus.

When you're done, close the window by clicking the X in the upper right corner.


Lesson Structure

Each of the 10 lessons in this course is divided into FIVE parts using the acronym DREAM. Each lesson is divided as follows: 

1. DiscoverThe first part of the pathway for learning is the Discover section.  In this portion of each lesson we will:
  • Briefly introduce the lesson by explaining how the lesson fits within the context of the course as a whole and its relevance.
  • Offer learning objectives for the lesson (these form a study list)

Each of the introductions to the Discover pages has a consistent "voice" serving as the collective wisdom of the group of authors and editors. 


Many read sections contain dig deeper links to more in-depth information written by the course authors.


2. Read: 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 the contributor 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:

- Introduce information in a user-friendly format employing numerous headings, lists where applicable, boxes with definitions, and graphics to make it easier to remember the information;
- 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 stimulating materials and audio readings for each lesson.

Because 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 of discovery.

3. Explore:  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. 

Reviewing the materials recommended in this section is optional.


4. Apply 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 knowledge yours. 
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; and

- 90% of what they teach to other people


5. Measure:  In this final section we ask you to pause, reflect upon what you have learned in the lesson, and to respond to a set of multiple choice questions.  Several of the multiple choice questions will measure knowledge acquisition based upon specific references in the read section, others will more broadly assess general understanding of the lesson's content.  You may also be asked to respond to a brief survey about the lesson itself. Click here to review the instructions for taking the quizzes.

Why are we measuring your knowledge and your view of the lesson?
How will these measures (multiple choice questions and survey information) be used?
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Discussion Board

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 new post.

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.


Course Outline




Welcome to the Course


Introduction to the Community College, its Students and its Faculty


Planning Your First Class


Building Lessons and Learning Modules to Serve Your Objectives


Using Technology to Enhance Effective Teaching


Helping Students Succeed in Your Course


Support Services for Students


Assessing the Effectiveness of Your Course


College Governance and Professional Life


Surviving the Journey

Click Here for a detailed Course Outline


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