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Course Structure: eCollegial

If you are familiar with the Pearson eCollege® course management system, this course structure provides a similar menu. eCollege is a registered trademark of Pearson.

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The following table describes the content areas and course tools included in the eCollegial course structure.

Content Areas and Course Tools in the eCollegial Course Structure
Content Type Description
Course Home The customizable Course Home module page provides students with an overview of current course information such as Announcements, My Calendar, To Do, What's New, and My Tasks.

To learn more, see Notifications Dashboard.

Syllabus In the Syllabus content area, provide materials that students can access throughout the semester. Include a syllabus or other basics, such as grading policies, textbook information, course outline, and important dates.

To learn more, see Creating Content in a Course Area.

Instructor Create profiles for yourself, other instructors, teaching assistants, and guest lecturers participating in your course in Instructor. Include contact information such as email addresses, phone numbers, office hours, and location.

To learn more, see Contacts.

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In each weekly content area, create folders for your course materials, such as readings, instructions, assignments, and tests. Provide students with a familiar layout so they can find information easily and know exactly how to proceed for each week. To simplify the course menu, you can hide content areas that students do not need immediately so they can focus on the current week.

To learn more, see Creating Content in a Course Area.

Course Checklist Students can see the status of gradable items such as assignments, tests, and discussion posts on their My Grades pages.

To learn more, see My Grades.

Webliography In the Webliography content area, share relevant links to websites to offer students resources to learn more and provide ideas for research projects or papers.

To learn more, see Creating Content in a Course Area.

Discussions You can create discussion forums for formal assignments, such as posing weekly questions related to the course topics, and for informal interactions, where students ask and respond to each other's questions. You can create gradable discussion forums and threads to assess students' participation and knowledge. After each lesson, ask reflective questions to invoke conversation. What is the critical message of this lesson? What would you do in this particular situation? How would you approach solving this problem?

To learn more, see Discussion Board.

Additional Tools Give students access to all available course tools on a single page. Add commonly used course tools to the course menu for easy access.

To learn more, see Managing Tool Availability.

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Customize the course structure by renaming, removing, hiding, or adding content areas and links to tools.