Moodle is Walsh's new Learning Management System (LMS). Moodle runs as an interactive website which hosts your online courses. A typical online course will consist of:
MOST Walsh Online courses are delivered in weekly "chunks" of classwork, called "Weekly Sessions" which consist of a "module" of material to be delivered during that week. Each module has its own "blocks" in the Navigation Pane on the left hand side of the screen, allowing easy travel between weekly sessions. We'll discuss Blocks a bit later. Most Walsh online instructors release the new Weekly sessions on Mondays at 6 p.m. EST. Some instructors choose to close the previous weekly session on Mondays at 11:59 p.m. EST.
All dates and times in Moodle refer to Eastern Standard Time.
Note: All of the "Weekly Sessions" for this Orientation have been opened to you for this course. You can finish this orientation in just a few hours because you don't have to wait for Weekly Sessions to be released like you would in a normal course!
Walsh online students receive their homework in weekly chunks called sessions.
This means that, generally, students have over 7 days to complete all of the work required for a Weekly Session - from 6pm on Monday until 11:59 p.m. EST the following Monday.
Obviously, it is not recommended that students wait until the last minute to complete work for a Weekly Session. Give yourself enough time to adjust for any unforeseen technical problems you may encounter! Procrastination is the greatest potential problem for students when taking an online course.
Some instructors assign projects and/or other group assignments which may span multiple Weekly Sessions. Always refer to your online course Syllabus for assignment dates.
Your online course has a syllabus detailing the instructor's expectations of the students. Generally, online courses are opened one week "early" so that the course syllabus can be viewed.
The syllabus includes important information such as the grading scale, assignments and due dates, the instructor's grading make-up policy, and required textbooks for the course. Contact your instructor if you are unclear about specific due dates for classwork.
Online courses are optimized for the broadest audience possible. Since each computer's settings and monitor's settings and browser's settings are different for each student, there may be slight variations with how you view a course. If you are having a hard time viewing the screen, use the following keyboard shortcuts to adjust your browser's settings:
Press Ctrl and + together once on your keyboard to increase the screen size.
Press Ctrl and - together once on your keyboard to reduce your screen size.
To advance to the next activity, please click the arrow located at the upper right corner of the page, or beneath your name.
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