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The Course Home Page

After you select a course from either the My Courses Widget or Select a course navbar link, you will be taken to the coures home page. The look and layout of each Course Home page can and will vary from course to course as instructors can setup unique Course Home pages. Here we will demonstrate the default Course Home which will give you some idea of what to expect.

Course Home Navbar

Figure 1 shows the standard Course Home navbar. Selecting Course Home, which is on the left side of the navbar, from anywhere within a course will take you back to the Course Home page. Note that from course to course, the location of Widgets, such as Announcement, will vary.

Figure 1: Course Home Navbar

Course Home Navbar in a sample course. Links from left to right are Course Home, Content Items, Assessments, Communication, and Grades. Announcement, Calendar and Content Browser Widgets

Content Items Menu

As seen in Figure 2, the second link from the left on the Course Home navbar is Content Items.

Figure 2: Content Items

Course Home Navbar in a sample course. Links from left to right are Course Home, Content Items, Assessments, Communication, and Grades. Announcement, Calendar and Content Browser Widgets.  The Content Items Menu is open showing Content, Calendar, Checklist, Links, Surveys, and System Check,

Selecting the Content Items will open the Content Items menu which contains links to the following.

Content:
The Content page allows you to see upcoming events in the course, to access a module, or a topic within a module, to set bookmarks, and to download a page to your PC.
Calendar:
The Calendar Tool displays important GHC dates and dates for activities in your courses.  Keep in mind that is up to each instructor as to the the use of and posting of dates within the course calendar within D2
Checklist:
Your instructor has the option of creating checklists for you to use to help guide you through your course and course assignments.
Surveys:
Your instructor may create surveys to monitor current course trends, seek opinions, or has you rate different aspects of a course. Unlike Quizzes, survey questions do not have to have right or wrong answers, and Likert-style rating questions are possible.
System Check:
The GeorgiaView system checker for you to determine if your system will opperate efficently with D2L.

Assessments Menu

As seen in Figure 3, the third link from the left on the Course Home navbar is Assessments.

Figure 3 Assessments

Course Home Navbar in a sample course. Links from left to right are Course Home, Content Items, Assessments, Communication, and Grades. Announcement, Calendar and Content Browser Widgets.  Assessments Menu is open showing Discussions, Assignments, Quizzes, Rubrics, and Self Assessments.

Selecting Assessments will open the Assessments menu which contains links to the following.

Discussions
The Discussions tool is a collaboration area to post, read and reply to threads on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or work with your peers on assignments and homework
Assignments
Your instructor may direct you to use the Assignments tool to upload and submit assignments to assignment submissions folders in D2L, eliminating the need to mail, fax, or email their work to instructors. As a student you will be able is see any directions, grading rubrics, files from your instructor, as well as assignment dates prior to submitting assignments.
Quizzes
Your instructor may choose to have you take quizzes, tests, or exams online through D2L. If that is the case, when you select the Quiz link, the Quiz List page will open which contains a list of quizzes.
Rubrics
Rubrics my be used by your instructor to assess your achievement on assignments in your course, based on predefined achievement levels and assessment criteria. Be sure to ask your instructor whether or not their grading rubrics will be placed in the D2L Rubrics tool. 
Self Assessments
Self assessments are a series of questions, similar to quizzes that provide the opportunity to reflect on your learning and course material comprehension. Responses to self assessments are not graded; they are meant to help your instructor evaluate student learning and their course material on an informal basis. Your instructor may or may not use the self assessment tool.

Communication Menu

As seen in Figure 4, the fourth link from the left on the Course Home navbar is Communication.

Figure 4 Communication Menu

Course Home Navbar in a sample course. Links from left to right are Course Home, Content Items, Assessments, Communication, and Grades. Announcement, Calendar and Content Browser Widgets. The Communication menu is open showing Chat, Classlist, Discussions, Email, Groups, Announcements, and Instant Messages.

Chat
Chat is consider an optional feature that your instructor may or may not require you to use. You can create personal chats to talk with peers or other friends.
Classlist
Use the Classlisto find and contact other learners in your course by sending email messages, or instant messages.
Discussions
The Discussion tool within the Communications menu is the same as the Discussion toll within the Assessment menu
Email
The Email tool allows you to send email within D2L. You can also organize received mail using folders and store email addresses using the Address Book.  However, keep in mind the D2L email system is a closed system. That is, GHC D2L cannot sent or receive email to or from an external email, including your GHC email account. Also, keep in mind that the D2L email system is the best email to use to communicate with your instructor about your course grade
Groups
In some courses, your instructor may have students work on projects in groups. To facilitate these group activities your instructor can assign or have you self register for a group. The Groups link will take you to a list of groups to which you were assigned, and/or a list of groups to which you can register. Depending on your instructor's design of the course, each group may have its own discussion and/or assignment area .
Announcements
Use the Announcements link to read instructor messages, course information, and other Announcements updates.
Instant Message
Use the Instant Messages tool to contact your instructor or classmate when you are both online in D2L.

grade book, decorative imageGrades

As seen in Figure 1, the Grades link on the right of the Course Home navbar will take you to the grade book. The use of the D2L grade book is up to the discretion of each instructor at GHC. Therefore, be sure to ask each of your instructors as to whether or not they will use the grade book here in D2L. Depending on how your instructor sets up the D2L grade book, you may be able to see your individual grades,view comments, and overall class performance statistics.

It is important for you to read and understand the grading policy that each of your instructors establish for each of your courses. If you have any questions about assignment, quiz, test, exam, or your course grade, then immediately contact your instructor in that course.