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  Navigation Guide

 


Lost?  Confused?
 Don't worry... This web site may seem big and scary at first, but once you find your way around it's not that bad. We've put together this guide to help you get acquainted with this site and how it works. Once you have gone through a module or two, the site design and navigation will become familiar and easy to work with.


Navigation

Main Page

Once you login, you are directed to your personal Main Page. This page is your syllabus and guide as well as a portal to news and information from your college. Clicking the My Main Page link at the top of any page will return you to this menu.

4faculty content is divided onto modules covering a variety of subjects. The Main Page (graphic to the right) will help you track your status. When you complete a module a green check icon will appear next to it. Modules in progress are denoted by a red arrow , and unread modules are indicated by . Simply click the title of the module to go to that module. (You may go back and review module you have already finished).

To edit your group of selected modules click the "Edit" button. You may also add other available modules to your group of selected modules by clicking the "Add" button next to each.


Making your way through the modules

 

- 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 highlighted section indicates your location in the module. (In the image to the left, "Discover" is the current page.)

- 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 module.

- The "Main Menu" link will return you to the course's Main Menu. You will also find links to Resources, News, Discussion Boards, and 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:

  • Resources - Teaching and Educational resources, as well as, a host of important links
  • College Info Index
  • Site Index
  • Help Desk - answers any questions you might have
  • Just 4 Fun - Take a break, play a game, have a laugh!
  • About 4Faculty - all information related to the project
  • Contact Us

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    there is relevant information to your 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 modules is divided into FIVE parts using the acronym D R E A M :

The first part of the pathway for learning is the Discover section.  In this portion of each module we will:

  • Briefly introduce the lesson by explaining how the module fits within the context of the course as a whole and its relevance.
  • Offer learning objectives for the module (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. 

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.

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

 


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.


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

In this final section we ask you to pause, reflect upon what you have learned in the module, 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 sections, others will more broadly assess general understanding of the module's content.  You may also be asked to respond to a brief survey about the module itself. 

 

Discussion Board

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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 top navigation region on every page.


 

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