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Navigate Inside a Course

The course environment

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about navigating a course.

Courses vary in design based on the instructor and the institution, but some common elements exist. Your institution and instructor control which tools are available.

  1. Course-to-Course Navigation icon: Access the other courses you're enrolled in from the menu.
  2. Breadcrumbs: Access previous pages you visited recently.
  3. Course menu: The access point for all course content. Instructors control which links appear.
  4. Content frame: The larger area of the screen next to the course menu that displays the selected content area, tool, module page, or material. Instructors choose the page that appears here when you enter a course.
  5. Action bar: The rows at the top of the content frame that contain page-level actions, such as Subscribe or Search in discussions. The functions on the action bar change based on where you are in your course.
  6. Menus: An Options Menu icon appears for components with menus, such as a thread in discussions. The options in the menu vary based on the component.

Select the question mark icon in the upper-right corner of the page for information about the tool you currently have open.

Course menu

The course menu is the panel on the left side of the interface that contains links to all top-level course areas. Instructors can also provide links to the tools page, individual tools, websites, course items, and module pages. Instructors control the content and tools available on the course menu.

Instructors can customize the style of the course menu. They can change the color, add subheaders and dividers, and choose buttons or text for the links. These customizations create variations in the look and organization of your courses.

  1. For the course menu design, instructors can use text only or labeled buttons for the links.
  2. Open the course menu in a separate window. The detached menu always displays course materials as a directory tree. You can expand the view to show the hierarchy of course navigation and move the window wherever you want.
  3. Refresh your view.
  4. Expand or collapse the course menu frame. Move your mouse pointer near the border and select the arrow. When you collapse the course menu, you have more room to view content.

Course-to-course navigation

From one of your courses, you can conveniently access all of the other courses you're enrolled in.

Select the Course-to-Course Navigation icon to access the menu and select another course title. If the same page you're currently viewing in the course exists in the next course, that is where you'll land. The most recently visited course is listed first.

For example, if you're viewing the announcements page in one course and select another course in the menu, you're taken to that course's announcements page.

Watch a video about course-to-course navigation

This video explains how to quickly jump from one course to another.

Video: Course-to-course navigation

Course Home Page

By default, your Original course includes a Home Page on the course menu.

The Home Page is a course module page. Information is presented in boxes called modules, such as My Announcements, My Tasks, and What's New. The system generates the information in each module. Your instructor can rename or delete this page, and create other course module pages. Your instructor also chooses which modules appear.

Course module pages contain details about new content and due dates for the course you're in.

More on course home page modules

ULTRA: The course environment

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about navigating a course.

  1. Navigation bar: Open frequently used tools in one step. Select the icons to check the course calendar, add to the discussions, access your grades, and send a message.
  2. Course content: All of your course content appears in the main part of the page. When you open a piece of content, it slides out in a layer on top of the Course Content page. Close layers to navigate back to a previous spot in your course.

    More on content in your courses

  3. Roster: Access basic profile cards and match faces to names. All course members appear in the roster, and you can't remove yourself.