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What am I looking at in my course? I am new here.

What is in the center column?

Course activities can be found in the center column of most courses. When you scroll up and down the page, you'll see links to those activities.

Instructors may add multimedia and text to the course page in order to articulate or express ideas, as well.

Often, course activities are grouped into topics or weekly sections. In the example above, "Origins of American Film" is the first topic (see #1 next to it). One could expect different activities within different topic areas, as you scroll down the page.

What elements are in the right and left columns?

The side columns provide spaces for "blocks," which are essentially widgets providing some kind of specialized function. A "calendar" block provides quick access to upcoming activities. A "people" block provides access to views of people. Instructors may design courses with multiple blocks or just a small collection of them.

How do I navigate with the breadcrumb?

A navigation bar near the top of the page provides clarity about "where" in the course you may be at any given time. If you click on the course name, you will return to the front page of the course.

In this example, if you click on "joule demo home," you will be sent to the front page of the site.
If you click on "American Film" you will be sent to the course page.
If you click on "Forums", you will see all of the forums in the course.

This bar is called a breadcrumb, because you can always click on previous links to get back "home" to your course page.

Where do I look for help?

Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose the context that best meets your use.

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You can also click on the question-mark icon through-out Moodle for help and guidance. In this example, the question-mark will offer reflective ideas about posting to a forum.

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