Navigation: Course Materials

Course materials encompass from lessons and presentations, to assignments and exams. Each course may be organized differently, so the course materials might be listed in the Materials Index, or organized into folders. To access your course's materials, go to the Course Profile by clicking the Courses dropdown menu at the top of the screen and selecting the course you'd like to access.

Course_Folder.PNG Course Folders

Folders organize course materials, and they're distinguished by the blue folder icon next to their name.

Inside of a folder, you will find an assortment of course materials:

  1. Assignments
  2. Tests/Quizzes
  3. Files/Links
  4. Discussions
  5. Albums
  6. Pages


Course_Assignment.PNG Course Assignments

Assignments are graded items. Each assignment may require you to use a Dropbox feature in the right column to make a submission. Once you've made a submission, the instructor can grade the assignment, provide feedback, and upload a file back to you.

To submit a file to the Dropbox, follow these steps:

  1. In the Assignment Profile click on the Submit Assignment button to the right.
  2. Use the Add a Comment area for questions and concerns (optional).  
  3. Select one of these options:
    • Upload—Select a file from your computer.
    • Create—Create a document on the web using the text editor.
    • Resources—Select a file from your Resources, which can be a Google Doc if you have linked your account (See Account Settings for more details).
  4. Click the Submit button to finish.

Note: Assignments can also be given a Due Date, which will automatically display the assignment in your personal Calendar and Upcoming area on your homepage. Assignments also might not be graded, depending on the settings set by the instructor of the course.


Course_Quiz.PNG Course Tests/Quizzes

The tests/quizzes material are online assessments for the course. These tests/quizzes can have an assortment of the following question types:

  1. True/False
  2. Multiple Choice
  3. Ordering
  4. Short-Answer/Essay Questions
  5. Fill in the Blank
  6. Matching

After you submit a test/quiz, your grades will appear in the Grades area. Tests/quizzes may be timed, or may allow multiple submissions. Each test/quiz will vary depending on the instructor and the course.

How do I take the Test/Quiz?

  1. Click on the name of the test/quiz.
  2. Make sure you're in the Test/Quiz tab.
  3. Click on the Begin Test/Quiz button.
  4. Answer the questions appropriately.
  5. Click on the Submit button when you are ready to submit the test/quiz to your instructor.

How do I view my past submissions?

For some tests/quizzes, your instructor may allow you to view your past submissions. If this is the case, you will see an additional tab My Submissions when you click the test/quiz name. This tab will show you a list of all your submissions, with links on the right to View Assessment.


Course_Files_Links.PNG Course Files/Links

Files that have been added to your course can appear inside of Folders or in the Files/Links area of the Materials Index. Typical file types can be viewed in your browser without having to download the file. These include:

  1. Word (.doc, .docx)
  2. Excel (.xls, .xlsx)
  3. Powerpoint (.ppt, .ppt)
  4. PDF (.pdf)


Course_Discussions.PNG Course Discussions

Discussions are interactive conversations that allow participation between you, your classmates, and your instructor. Each discussion has threaded commenting, allowing you to respond to any post by another student.

For some courses, instructors may choose to moderate the discussion posts. Moderation requires a course admin to approve each post before it is published. When this feature is turned on, your posts will not be immediately visible to other students.


Course_Albums.PNG Course Media Albums

Media albums can contain photos, videos, and/or audio files. With your instructor's permission, you may comment on each item within the album, or even upload your own files. Your instructor can also tag you and your classmates in specific photos. Tagged photos of you will also appear on your profile page.


Course_Pages.PNG Course Pages

Pages are resources created by your instructor to supplement the course. These pages are highly versatile, allowing for the inclusion of text, image, outside link, and video information. They may appear inside of folders, or in the Pages area of the Materials Index.

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