In some, but not all, online courses you will find announcements on
the first page of the course. In others, there will be a link to
announcements from somewhere else. It is important to always go to the
announcements page to read about any additions, assignments, or
changes to your instructor’s website.
The course information, or sometimes called the syllabus page,
typically gives a short description about the course. The syllabus is
often found here. Items you might also find here include required
textbooks, instructor contact information, grading scale, a short
description of class assignments, paper topics, etc.
The class materials, sometimes called assignments, pages of a course
often contain the instructor’s lecture notes, handouts, and specific
instructions for different sections of the course.
Many instructors use the calendar feature to help students organize
assignments and readings that will be required for the course. Some
instructors will use a table with assignments and due dates, while
others will use the OIS Calendar that lays out your assignments in a
typical calendar format. Be sure to check the calendar often to make
sure you are on track and that new assignments or readings have not
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