EOI Virtual Training Platform Student's guide

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EOI · 26/09/2011 EOI Business School Virtual Classroom is based on a Web platform called Moodle (Modular ObjectOriented Distance Learning Environment). The Virtual Classroom is accessed with a Web navigator.Moodle can work with virtually any navigator, from any operating system (MS-Windows, MacOS,GNU/Linux and others).

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  • 1. ESCUELA DIGITAL, ABIERTA YCOLABORATIVAEOI Virtual TrainingPlatformStudents GuideFebrero 2011Decanato EOIEsta publicacin est bajo licencia CreativeCommons Reconocimiento, Nocomercial, Compartirigual, (by-nc-sa). Usted puede usar, copiar y difundir este documento oparte del mismo siempre y cuando se mencione su origen, no seuse de forma comercial y no se modifique su licencia. Msinformacin: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

2. CONTENTS1. INTRODUCTION TO THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM ................................................... 31.1. What is the Virtual Classroom?................................................................................................ 31.2. Access to the Virtual Classroom............................................................................................... 32. ACCESS TO A SUBJECT OR COURSE.......................................................................... 52.1. Navigation within the subject or course .................................................................................. 62.2. Left-side Block ......................................................................................................................... 7 2.2.1. Calendar ............................................................................................................ 8 2.2.2. Administration ................................................................................................ 12 2.2.3. Activities.......................................................................................................... 15 2.2.4 My Courses ...................................................................................................... 15 2.3.1. Links of interest (Enlaces de inters) .............................................................. 17 2.3.2. Online Users .................................................................................................... 18 2.3.3. Messages ........................................................................................................ 18 2.3.3.1. How to send a message? ............................................................................. 18 2.3.3.2. How to manage contacts? ........................................................................... 21 2.3.3.3. How to configure our messaging? ............................................................... 23 2.3.4. People ............................................................................................................. 24 2.3.5. News ............................................................................................................... 252.4. Central Block ................................................................................................................. 25 2.4.1. Activities.......................................................................................................... 26 2.4.2. Documentation ............................................................................................... 352 3. 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM1.1. What is the Virtual Classroom?EOI Business School Virtual Classroom is based on a Web platform called Moodle (Modular ObjectOriented Distance Learning Environment). The Virtual Classroom is accessed with a Web navigator.Moodle can work with virtually any navigator, from any operating system (MS-Windows, MacOS,GNU/Linux and others). The recommended navigators are MS-IE 6.0 or above and Mozilla/Firefox.If earlier or not very well-known navigators are used, the Virtual Classroom is still accessible,although some of the advanced functions (like the internal text editor) will not work. Specifically,from MacOS, Mozilla should be used and not Camino or Safari.1.2. Access to the Virtual Classroom http://www.e-formacion.orgIn order to access the system we must be registered as users. The users account details, initiallyprovided by the administrator, are entered into the following fields, as indicated in the figurebelow:By clicking onthe main page will appear.3 4. This page will vary in appearance depending on the course. The list of courses in which a student isenrolled will appear in the centre.To enter a subject, just click on its name,The system will show this subjects main page:4 5. 2. ACCESS TO A SUBJECT OR COURSEWhen a student enters the subject, the items and options are as follows: - Heading: EOIs logo, the subject or course name and the navigation bar appear at the top. - Left-side block: contains a number of blocks, a calendar and a list of events, from where students can access events and planned activities; a small administration space, from where they can edit their profile and know their marks; a list of activities; a shortcut to access the courses where they are enrolled. - Central block: the introduction to the subject will appear, followed by the activities and exercises that students must do. It will therefore contain each subjects items: links to the course contents and texts, the different didactic activities, etc. By clicking on each of them,5 6. students will have access to the topics, notes, quizzes, workshops, etc. Each subject orcourse contents will depend on the lecturer in question.- Right-side block: contains a number of blocks for communication within the VirtualClassroom.- Bottom of the page: we find our user information and we can cancel the register, or return to the main page from any course subsection. This link at thebottomof the page, found in all EOIs subjects, is a very usefullink to Moodle site help documents and is always available if we have any queries. It is acontext sensitive link, i.e. it shows us information related to the item with which we areworking.We should get used to using the link logout to abandon the Virtual Classroom before closing thenavigator.2.1. Navigation within the subject or courseWhen users go further into the subject visiting the different items, the heading will guide themshowing a navigation bar like the one indicated:Each of the texts in red in the navigation bar takes us to a specific place within the subject. This barcan be used to navigate easily through the subject. The first link takes us to the Virtual Classroommain page, while the second link takes us to the subject main page. They are very useful shortcuts.On the right is a pull-down list of all the subject resources and activities that can be visited. It canbe used to go from one item to another without having to pass through the subject main page,making navigation easier. 6 7. 2.2. Left-side Block 7 8. 2.2.1. CalendarThis block is a calendar that can be used as a personal diary. It can be used to display importantsubject dates and deadlines: exams, deliveries and tutorials, etc.There are four event categories that we can control with the calendar. Each one of them isidentified with a background colour.They are important dates for all the Virtual Classroom. Only the systemadministrators can publish global events.They are important subject dates (for example, exam dates, tutorials, etc.)Only lecturers can publish events for a subject, and they are visible on allusers calendars enrolled in that subject.They are important dates for a specific group in a subject. They are only visibleon this group members calendars. Only lecturers can publish this type ofevents.They are important dates for each user. These events are only visible on eachparticipants calendar, but not on the other users. Obviously, users can enterall the events that they wish in their own calendar.8 9. When the cursor is moved over the calendar, some mini-windows open with information aboutthe day marked for some event. By clicking on the event type at the bottom of the calendar itsinformation can be activated or deactivated.In the heading of the panel we have a small navigation barthatallows us to see the previous monthor the next . The name of the month is a hyperlink thattakes us to the diary.Here the user can add and manage different events.If you click on a day with events, the view will be as follows:9 10. To create or edit an event on a specific day the event editor is used .10 11. Upcoming Events under the calendar block, reminds you of the acts or activities scheduled in theimmediate future. 11 12. 2.2.2. AdministrationThis block enables students to access the management functions. The options available forstudents are: Grades and Profile.a)A subject includes different kinds of activities that can be graded with a mark. This space containsa list of all the activities that can be graded with the marks so far. This list is private and can onlybe seen by the student concerned. 12 13. This screen summarises the marks obtained in the subject:- All the subject items and their marks appear on the left. Each items names and marks are linksthat lead to a detailed view of each particular item.- To the right of the tasks the grades can be seen.This list only shows the marks for the Virtual Classroom activities like forums, chats, quizzes,assignments, workshops or lessons. The marks for written exams or other activities, for example,reading and analysis of documentation and resources are not included in this space. b)Here you can see and edit your profile, set your preferences for classroom communication, changeyour password and check your activity report.Inusers can publish some information about themselves. It may be a physicaldescription, but also about their work, tastes and hobbies.13 14. 14 15. In the advance options, at the top, users are advised to mark:2.2.3. ActivitiesIn the centre, the subject or course is structured into topics. Lecturers indicate the resources,materials and assignments that they deem necessary to learn the subject, usually in chronologicalorder.In the block Activities we have the same information but in a different way, classified by activity.Thus, we can access all the existing forums, all the text resources, the assigned tasks, etc. it ismerely anothe