You Can Do It: Weíll Help You Understand

You Can Do It! Ė Your Online Orientation/Tutorial

Whether you are new to online education or are simply switching from another e-course platform to this one, we think that you'll find this system incredibly easy to use! We will explain the course elements below, one at a time.

To return to this instructional page after visiting any of the other sections, simply click the Welcome Page link on the sidebar to the left. (It will be displayed where the Main Page link currently is if you leave this page.)

Now, please scroll down to read descriptions of the other pages, and then click on each page on the left-hand side bar to view an example! Itís that easy, and user-friendly.  Finally, be aware that this course is a just a sample of most of the tools available. Your actual course may be slightly different in design and use of tools.


The image above explains what the various links on the left of your screen mean. When viewing the left-hand sidebar links, most pages offer tools that you'll use within the course. For example, if you select the Main Page of the course, you will find Announcements, Syllabus and Handouts and Course Websites.  All of these are very important sections of your online course, so youíll want to visit the Main Page frequently.

Note:  Your Main Page will be the default page that you see every time you open your course.

What can you expect to find on the Main Page?

The Main Page will be the default page in all our online courses. The Main Page will display basic course information about the course including:

         Announcements posted from your instructor or from the TU community.

  •  Welcome information from your instructor.
  • A copy of the course syllabus.
  • Handouts and web links pertaining the course.

What is the Course Information Page?

The Course Information Page will contain very basic information about your course and professor.   You will find office hours, email addresses, phone numbers and any other information available about your instructor or the course.

What is the Collaboration Page?

The Collaboration Page contains the tools that distinguish a classroom course from an online course.

The Threaded Discussion Portlet located on this page will likely be a critical component of all of your online classes. In this portlet, the professor will post questions or discussion topics for you and your class members to discuss each week. This ongoing, asynchronous (you post whenever you want, and others will be able to read your comments when they log in!) forum essentially replaces your classroom discussion.

On this page you will find a Student Handouts Portlet.  This portlet is designed to be a document sharing location.  Some instructors may ask you to post homework, papers or other information in this portlet so that others in the class can access it.

Also found on this page is a list of your classmates for the class.  You can use this portlet to email the entire class or just a selected member.  A chat feature is also located on this page, which you may use to schedule real-time chats with your professor or with other students.

What is the Coursework Page?

The Coursework Page will be used by your professor to deliver all assignments, papers due and exams.  The page is broken down by units.  Professors may attach handouts here, so be sure to look over every entry carefully.  More information about this page can be found by clicking the Coursework Page of this tutorial.

You may also see the following pages as you navigate through your online courses:

Attendance.  Ignore this page, this page was added for those instructors who teach seated classes.  There is no official "attendance" for online courses, but instructors do know who is participating and who is not by looking at the threaded discussions.

Gradebook:  Your instructor may or may not choose to use the electronic grade book for your online class.  If your instructor does use this, you can view the grade book for progress reports on your grade.  If this isnít used in your online course, simply email your instructor when you wish to know your grade.  Also note, the grade book function does not act as the final grading mechanism for the course.  Once the course is complete and final grades are in, you should refer to Campus Connect for your official grade and not the grade book in this course.

If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Services at (419) 448-3269, or via email at GradStudentServices@tiffin.edu.