Getting Started and Navigation - QM 1

Getting Started and Course Components (1.1)

Getting Started and Course Components (1.1)

Getting Started and Course Components (1.1)

Instructions provide a general course overview, present the schedule of activities, guide the learner to explore the course site, and indicate what to do first, in addition to listing detailed navigational instructions for the whole course.

Instructors may choose to incorporate some of this information in the course syllabus. In this case, learners should be directed to the syllabus at the beginning of the course. A useful feature is a “Read Me First” or “Start Here” button or icon on the course home page, linking learner to start-up information.  


Getting Started Examples


  1. A course “tour”
  2. Clear statements about how to get started in the course
  3. A “scavenger hunt” or “syllabus quiz” assignment that leads learners through an exploration of the different parts of the course
  4. A table or diagram that depicts the relationship between the online and face-to-face portions of a blended course.

Getting Started instructions should include (check all that apply):

  • general course overview
  • schedule of activities
  • a guide for the course sites and what to do first
  • detailed navigational instructions

Getting Started in Hybrid Courses

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