MDC Online Course Tour

MDC Online Course Tour


– [John] Welcome to the Miami Dade Virtual
College Online Course Tour. At MDC, we use the Blackboard learning
management system to deliver our online courses. Students can access the
Blackboard login page at mycourses.mdc.edu. Although the design of
our courses will vary depending on the subject matter, this short video will show
you the key components and course tools that are typically used in all of our
courses. At the end of this brief demonstration, you will have gained a
basic understanding of how MDC online courses are structured, and how to
navigate through Blackboard with greater proficiency. And now, I’ll turn it over to
Sophia who will guide you through a typical online course offered by the
Virtual College. – [Sophia] Thanks, John. Hi, I’m Sophia.
As John mentioned, I will be walking you through a typical Virtual College online
course, and highlighting the key features and learning tools so that you may become
more productive in the Virtual College online learning environment. Let’s begin
with MDC’s Blackboard login page. You will log in by using the same username
and password you use to enter the MDC student portal to register for classes and
to access your schedule. When you log in, you’ll be directed to
MDC’s Blackboard homepage. Here, you will find helpful items such as
tutorials for you to become more familiar with Blackboard, an Announcements section
for Virtual College staff to post helpful updates and information, and several other
tools and links. This page also offers you the option to customize the look of your
homepage by modifying the default settings. Now, let’s look at the top
right-hand corner. Here, you will see important tabs. Since we will be exploring
Virtual College courses and its key components, we will click on the Courses
tab. A list of your currently available online courses will appear here during
each semester. If you’re currently taking an online class and you do not see it
listed, please contact your instructor or the Virtual College Student Help Desk.
Now, we will enter into the Virtual College course by clicking on the Course
link for a quick overview of what you will see inside each class. Although the
overall colors and layout of each online course may vary, the navigation menu will
always appear on the left-hand side. Let’s take a look at Getting Started. This
section, found under Course Information, gives you quick access to important
details and instructions for you to begin each course successfully. Typical items in
this section will include a course introduction with general information
about Virtual College classes, technical requirements, student tutorials,
and a meet-your-classmates discussion forum activity. Now we will move on and
click on the Syllabus, also found in the Course Information
section. During the beginning, and throughout the term, we encourage all
students to carefully review the syllabus. It’s easily accessible in the navigation
menu, and it offers essential information that students must be aware of. We will
now discover the look and feel of an online course by reviewing the course
content. The Learning Modules or Lessons tab is where you will find the actual
content of the course. This section contains course materials that include
several chapters, presentations, and assessments. Once you click on a
specific module, you can read the instructions that guide you through the
completion of each section and its activities. By clicking on a chapter, you
will be able to access a short introduction, learning objectives, and a
checklist of tasks you must complete. You may also see that there are additional
resources such as videos and interactive games tailored to enhance your online
learning experience. There are two ways to return to a previous section. You may use
the Course menu at any time to locate any unit, or you can follow the breadcrumbs to
find out how to return to a previous section. Returning to course content, now
we’ll explore discussion boards. This is how online students communicate
with classmates and instructors throughout the term. You will have several
opportunities to participate in meaningful and tensional discussions. Keep in mind
that discussions are assignments that will be graded. I encourage you to review the
instructions and to use proper netiquette. As we move to Proctored Assessments,
please note that all Virtual College classes require students to take a
proctored midterm and/or a final assessment. In this section, you can
review important information such as testing options, dates, and the approved
ancillary materials for each exam. Another way to communicate within the
course is by using the Course Messages option. This allows you to email your
classmates and your instructor. Just click on Create Message,
select your recipient, add the subject, and write your email. Also found in the Tools and
Resources menu, and below the Course Messages link,
you will find the Calendar. This is an excellent way to stay on track
in each of your online courses. Your instructor may use the Calendar to
list several assignments and their due dates, or to only list one particular
event. But, as a student, we encourage you to create all events
directly related to your course. You have the option to select your viewing
preference, whether it’s daily, weekly, or monthly. To create an event,
just click on the day it will be scheduled. List the name of the event,
the start and end time, and date, and a short description. For a
reoccurring event, just select the Repeat box and add the details. Please remember
that this is your Calendar, a tool that you may customize to help you
succeed by enhancing your time management and organizational skills. Located in the
Course menu, under Tools and Resources, click on the My Grades link to view the
gradebook. Students are encouraged to review their grades during the academic
term. The first row under Item shows the weighted total. This reflects the weighted
average of completed, graded assignments. When clicking on
Grading Criteria, you can see the breakdown of how many points or
percentages are assigned to each category. Let’s review by taking a look at the first
graded item. The first column reflects the name of the particular assignment, the
middle section indicates whether the activity was graded, and the time and date
that it was posted for student viewing. Now, if we scroll down to Chapter 7:
“Video Case Assignment,” students may view the rubric to find out how that written
assignment will be graded. The middle column shows that the student’s
work has been submitted, but not yet graded. Moving over to the
right column, the yellow icon also indicates to students, but it still needs
grading. Let’s look at grades posted. Moving up to Chapter 2: “Discussion,”
on the right-hand column, this student earned a 90%. He also has the
option to review the instructor’s feedback by clicking on the bubble icon. This
provides guidance to students on how to improve their coursework. We’ll finish by
demonstrating where you can locate other course tools and resources. Moving over to
the Course menu, and by clicking on Other Tools, students can find shortcuts to the
sections we’ve already reviewed, but also other new tools. For example,
Virtual College students can access online tutoring at no additional cost. This is a
valuable resource to help students succeed. – Thank you, Sophia. Well, this concludes
the MDC Online Course video. We hope this tutorial has provided you
with a helpful asset to master your course navigation and the application of key
Blackboard tools. If you have additional questions, please contact the Virtual
College Student Help Desk. And, from everyone here at Miami Dade
College, we wish you academic success.

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