This article gives students a brief overview of how to access and engage with Pathway courses on CN.
How to access a course
Courses can be accessed from the homepage in two places:
- The Courses tab on the site navigation bar
- The Courses panel on the left menu
If you are on a different page in CN, the Courses can always be accessed through the Courses tab on the site navigation bar.
Course Home page overview
The screenshot below is an example of the Home page of a Pathway course. The course navigation and activities tabs are on the left side, and the specific learning content is on the right side. Pathway features include:
- Menu (on the left): Used to access course Gradebook, Roster, and Analytics.
- Activities (on the left): In most courses, this is the default display tab. It gives a list of activities you need to complete in your course. Above the list are the course title and your completion status.
- Posts (on the left): This tab shows all posts from everyone in this course, including posts from specific posting activities.
- Activity view (main area on the right): The main area of the course page shows detailed content of the selected activity. If the activity requires a submission, this is where you can submit your work.
- ePortfolio (from site navigation bar): You can visit your ePortfolio anytime by clicking your profile picture or CN number in the top navigation bar.
Activities and Completion Requirements
CN supports a variety of learning activities. Each activity type has a different completion requirement to earn a green checkmark.
|Activity Type||Description||Completion Requirements to earn green checkmark|
|Rich Text Editor||These pages are usually informational and can include tables, videos, links, documents, and other resources. No submission is required to complete.||As soon as you click and view this activity, it will be marked as complete.|
|Video||These activities require that you watch an embedded video that your instructor has provided.||You need to watch the entire video to complete this activity.|
|File||View and download a file that your instructor has uploaded.||Once you click "View File", this activity will be marked as complete.|
|Hyperlink||View a link to an external webpage.||As soon as you click "Visit Link", it will be marked as complete.|
|Zoom||Use this to access a link to a Zoom room for online lectures.||As soon as you click on the Zoom button to access the Zoom room, this activity will be marked as complete.|
|Prompt Learners to Create a Post/Poll||
Reflect on what you've learned by creating a post/poll. All posts/polls created under this activity will be displayed below the activity, so you can read others' posts/polls and comment on them.
If you are in a Group, you can set your posts visible only to those people for a group discussion.
|Complete upon post creation or passing score (connect this activity with a GradeBook item). If it is the latter, pay attention to the key grading information/instructions on this activity.|
Take a quiz that includes question types like multiple choice, fill-in blanks, short answer, etc.
You may or may not be able to view your quiz submissions depending on how your instructor set it up.
You must earn the required minimum points to complete this activity. Pay attention to the key grading information/instructions on this activity.
|Assignment Submission||Complete an assignment in various submission formats: File/Multimedia (most common), Google Drive Assignment, Launch External Tool, No Submission. Unlike the Post/Poll activity, your submission is not shared with others in your course.||Complete upon assignment submission (ungraded or graded), instructor approval, or passing score reached, depending on how the activity is set up by the instructor.|
|Show a Post, Poll or Event||View a post, poll, or event that has been created in the course that your instructor has selected.||
For post and event, as soon as you click and view the activity, it will be marked as complete.
For poll, you must answer at least one question in the poll to complete the activity.
|External Tool||Through this activity type, you get on an integrated third-party platform to engage with content or with each other.||
Typically, this activity is marked complete after you successfully launch the external tool. But each external is different. Please follow your instructor's guidance.
|SCORM||This activity type supports eLearning content in the SCORM format. When you click View Content, the SCORM file will be displayed in a new browser window.||
When the SCORM page sends back completion status.
The menu tab includes Gradebook, Roster, and Analytics tab.
The GradeBook takes you to view all of your assignments that have a GradeBook item associated with them. To find the associated activity, you can return to the Activities tab and click the activity that shares a name with that GradeBook item.
The roster is a list of every user in the course. You can visit other course members' ePortfolios from this page. You can also filter your or another course member's posts created in this course. This page also gives information about the last course visit, course badges, course completion rate, and Anar Seeds. Anar Seeds measures your overall participation but is not a major feature in Pathway courses unless your instructor states otherwise.
The analytics dashboard shows you a variety of data about your participation and performance in the course versus the course average. Read this article if you want to know more detail.
In the posts tab, you can see every post that has been made visible to you in your course. This is the course post feed and you can use the Post, Poll, Event, and Email tabs on the top to communicate with your class. See 1 on the screenshot below. *Please note that posts made here will not be submitted for any activity or assignment. Activity-specific posts need to be submitted on their respective activity under the Activities tab.
You can filter posts by using Poll, Events, Groups (if your instructor created any groups), and the "search posts" box on the left side, as well as the dropdown filter above the post feed. See 2 and 3 on the screenshot below.
You can also click the hashtags in the bottom-left of the menu to view posts and reflections with a specific hashtag. See 4 on the screenshot below. We also encourage you to use hashtags to label your posts. Doing so will help others easily find discussions of their interests.
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