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The GHC My Home page

After you have logged in, the first page to appear is your "My Home" page.
As seen in Figure 1, there are three main areas on your "My Home" page. These are the

1. My Home Mini bar
2. Main Navigation bar, which is present on every page
3. My Home page "widgets", shown below in their unexpanded view.

Figure 1 GHC My Home Page

The GHC D2L My Home page

About the My Home Mini Bar

As seen in Figure 1 above, the minibar appears at the top of all screens including that of your courses. You can use the minibar to do a number of things wherever you are in Learning Environment. From left to right, here are the links on the My Home Mini bar

My Home

If you are anywhere within D2L, to get back to the My Home page, click "My Home" in the left side on the top minibar.

Select a Course

To go to a course in which you are enrolled click "Select a Course" on the minibar. A drop down-list of courses in which you enrolled appears. Note that you can "pin" the courses you go to most frequently by clicking the pin icon next to the course title.

The Alerts Icons

Use the "Alerts" icons to check for new messages, updates and subscriptions.
When you see a red dot on any of the icons, it means that new information has arrived.
These icons are the

envelope icon"Envelope" icon is the message alert icon for Instant messages and for email within the D2L
email system.  Note that the Instant Message does not send it outside of D2L, and is only "Instant" if the other person is online with D2L at the same time.

pin note icon"Pinned Note" icon indicates new or update announcement posts, upcoming end dates and
due date, and course content changes.

discussion icon"Call Out" icon indicates discussion posts in forums and specific threads to which you havesubscribed .

Personal menu: Change your Personal Settings.

To the right of the Alert icons, you see your name and a picture, if you have uploaded one. Next to your name is a small white triangle.

Click the triangle to see a pull down menu with which you can modify your personal profile settings,
specify where you want notifications sent, and change your account settings.  You can also check
your progress.
Go to the Personal Setting page to learn more.

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The main navigation bar is located beneath the Minibar. It appears on all pages in Learning Environment, but only the full bar appears when you are on the My Home page.
The links on the main navigation bar let you access:

D2L Help:

This link takes you to the University System of Georgia D2L helpdesk page.  Here you can search for items you need help with, enter a live help Chat, or get the telephone number to contact the helpdesk.  Note, you will see the term "Brightspace" used at this and other D2L help sites.  This is because the full name of our learning environment is "Brightspace by D2L", and here at GHC we has decided to simply call it D2L.

GHC 411

This link takes you to the GHC 411 Need Help form which you can use for your questions, concerns, or requests in the areas of admissions, advising, business office, eLearning, financial aid, or the registrar.

Galileo

This is part of the GHC library service to you. Through GALILEO, you have access to authoritative, subscription-only information that isn't available through free search engines or Web directories.

Maintenance

This link takes you to the D2L Learning Environment undergoes scheduled maintenance.  These are dates and times that the D2Lsystem is down for maintenance and you will not be able to log in.  It is recommended that you print the maintenance schedule.

The Date

The date is actually a link to the calendar where, if you instructors have entered the information, you can find informationabout assignments and other items.

Log Out

This link will log you out of D2L.

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About the My Home Page Widgets

On your My Home page, there are blue and orange title bars under the main navigation bar. These are called widgets, and they are used on your My Home and on Course Home pages.

Your My Home page has three widgets at the top:  Announcements, Calendar, and My Courses. Below them are the GALILEO Information, Student Help Guides, D2L Help Center, and  GHC Services & Support, widgets. .

To open or expand each widget, cllick on the > icon to the right of title of that widget, and click it again To shrink, click again on the title bar. If you set a widget status to be expanded, it will be that way when you next log in.

Widget Content

Announcements:

 The Announcements widget on the My Home page contains information and announcements of general interest to all students or users of GHC's D2L site. On the Course Home page, the Announcements widget contains items from your instructor.

Calendar:

This widget takes you to the calendar where, if you instructors have entered the information, you can find information about start, end, or due dates of content, assignments, discussions, and quizzes. You will also see items of interest from GHC's academic calendar.

My Courses 

The My Courses widget shows links to the 10 courses you have most recently accessed. The links in the My Courses list give you an alternative way to get to your courses in addition to the "Select a Course" pull down menu in the Minibar. Your courses will only appear the official first day of class as shown in the Banner Course Offering list.

Galileo Information

This widget contains information abour GHC library services and the GALILEO search system. Through GALILEO, you have access to authoritative, subscription-only information that isn't available through free search engines or Web directories

Student Help Guides

This widget contains links to student guides for D2L, eClassrooms, ReadSpeaker, Respondus LockDown Browser, Turnitin, and other technology support.

D2L Help Center

This widget is similar to the D2L Help link takes you to the University System of Georgia D2L helpdesk page.  Here you can search for items you need help with, enter a live help Chat, or get the telephone number to contact the helpdesk.

GHC Service and Support

This widget contains links to the GHC tutoring center, counseling services, disability support,
and student life. All of those links will open in a new window at the GHC page for the service.