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.
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.
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).
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.
your way through the modules
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 highlighted section indicates your location
in the module. (In the image to the left, "Discover"
is the current page.)
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 "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:
- Teaching and Educational resources, as well
as, a host of important links
- College Info Index
- Site Index
Desk - answers any questions you might have
4 Fun - Take a break, play a game, have a
4Faculty - all information related to the
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 college.
the icon and be linked to that information on your campus.
you're done, close the window by clicking the X in
the upper right corner.
modules is divided into FIVE parts using
the acronym D R E A M :
first part of the pathway for learning is
the Discover section. In this
portion of each module we will:
of the introductions to the Discover pages
has a consistent "voice" serving as
the collective wisdom of the group of authors
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
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.
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.
read sections contain dig deeper links to
more in-depth information written by the course
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 is optional.
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
As the much quoted D.G. Treichler pointed out
in 1967, we remember:
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
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
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.