2b. Course Interface: Course Menu
Course Interface: Course Menu
The course menu can appear either vertically on the left or horizontally across the top. If the course menu appears vertically, it can have the following headings:
- Course Tools
- My Tools
Course Tools include all of the content, organizational, communication, and evaluation tools that an Instructor uses to teach the course. A tool allows users to perform specific activities. You use course tools to view content and perform learning activities in the course. If new content becomes available in course tools, a New items available icon appears next to each tool.
New items are available for the tool next to which this icon appears
My Tools can include the following:
My Grades. If available, you use My Grades to view your grades for assessments and assignments. The Instructor must release the grades before you can view them here.
My Progress. If available, you use My Progress to track your activities in the course, including the number of content folders, files, discussion messages, assessments, assignments you accessed during a session.
- Notes. If available, you use Notes to make general notes or notes on a specific learning module. You can use these notes as a reminder or study aid.
The Instructor can choose to display the links in the Course Menu in the following ways:
icons and text
If the links are displayed as both icons and text, you can expand and collapse the menu as necessary. Collapsing the course menu increases the viewing area of the current screen.
NOTE: The course menu collapses automatically if you click the link for the following tools: Learning Module, Mail, etc. This automatically increases the viewing area of these tools.
When the Course Menu is collapsed, it displays the icons only.
Depending on how the Course Menu is set up, you may be able collapse a portion of the Course Menu. The following example only shows the My Tools
Or you may be able to minimize, or collapse, everything. For example, this vertically-displayed menu is collapsed to nothing in order to provide the most viewing area
The Instructor can also change the order of Course Tools and My Tools in the student interface. For example, if Course Tools is currently displayed at the top, the Instructor can move it to the bottom.