Navigation of a subject site
Your subject sites will vary to some extent, but there will be common features. All subject sites will have the main section, on the left, and smaller separate sections, which are called blocks on the right:hand side. Blocks have a dark blue heading section, thus:
See more on Blocks
In the main section, you will find the main content for the
subject. Icons for various resources and functions are
reasonably self- explanatory. See below, at the bottom of
this page, for a list of icons, and their function.
There will be important information relevant for the whole subject, at the top of the page. The Subject Description is the first document you should open and read through. It contains content and outcomes of the subject, main text/s and wider reading list, assignment work and due dates.
submission spots will also be in the central section,
and may appear something like this:
- Most lecturers put assignment submission spots near the top of the page, above Week 1 content, while others will put them in the week in which the assignment is due. Some put them all at the bottom of the site. Make sure you know where these are.
- Weekly content will follow. Weeks may be numbered, or
just have a heading. Each week will normally contain a lecture
audio, and a power point, if your lecturer uses these, and other
readings, resources, links etc. which the lecturer wants students
to access for that week. There may be activities such as forum
discussion, quizzes, etc. You will work through the content
of each week as guided by the lecturer.
- The subject site may have all weeks/sections displayed at
once, or the lecturer may open each week as the semester
- The subject site may be set up as Collapsed topics which will
Simply click along the blue bar, or on the topic name to open that section. Or click on Open all, if you prefer to have them all open.
Staff: Your Lecturer's photo, and contact
details given here; also your Tutor/Teaching Assistant if there
is one, will be displayed here.
Navigation: Use this block to navigate
around your site, if you prefer to do it this way, rather than
scrolling up and down central section. You can click into
another of your subjects, or your School Student Centre,
or your Dashboard in this block. Handy tip: if
you do a right mouse click on Dashboard you can open it in a
new tab, so you can toggle between the 2 tabs/sites.
Administration: Access your assignment
grades, feedback comments, progressive final grade total under
Grades. (You can also access feedback via the actual
assignment submission spot).
Activities: You can access all your
subject's activities here, eg. forums, assignment submission
spots. Here they will be shown in a list, in contrast to the
week/topic in which they appear in the main section.
Other blocks which may appear:
- Calendar: Shows which week of the semester it is, and other information, eg. Census dates. Hover over a date with green highlighting to see the tag. You can also use this calendar to put your own tags in, eg. due date for assignment.
news: Displays the last few News forum
messages which the lecturer has sent to students. You can also
access these in the News forum itself.
events: Reflects anything on the
calendar for the next month, and any assignments for the coming
month, if the lecturer has entered the due date as
part of the assignment settings.