Learning to Navigate the Site

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On or after the first day of class, you'll want to explore some of the features of the site. This document gives an overview of a few features you might want to take a look at that will help you to navigate the site.


In the header visible at the top of every page, you'll find one row of tabs that take you to various key pages on the course site. Follow them to see where they lead.

Once you've logged in to the site, you'll also find one or more "blocks" that contain additional site navigation or other content boxes. These boxes may be located on the left or the right side of the page, depending on the site's design.

The navigation block is your gateway to many areas of the site useful for creating and viewing content and managing your work. For example,

  • Add content
    From here you can post to your individual blog or the front page.
  • Blogs
    Lists all the blogs on the site and includes a direct link to your blog in its submenu.
  • Compose tips takes you to a page that walks you through various methods of posting content to the site.
  • Recent content
    This display allows you to access all of the recent content posted by everyone. In the content listing, the red asterisks denote pages you have yet to read and notices of new unread comments.
  • Feed aggregator collects (via RSS feeds) content that has been published elsewhere and may relate to course content. There are also a few blocks on the front page that include feed summaries.
  • Contact allows you to contact the instructor via the course site. (You can also click on a person's name when you see it above a post to contact him or her this way.)

Book Navigation

All course materials on the site are integrated into the course guide, which you can reach via the tab menu near the top of the page.

The course guide is a hypertext with many levels of pages.

  • You can use the book navigation links that show previous and next pages below the main text or use the breadcrumb navigation at the top.
  • Use the printer-friendly version link beneath any page to get a text-only version of that page and all of its subpages collated into one. For example, if you go to the top page of the guide and click on printer-friendly version, you will see the entire course guide, including the calendar, on one screen (a very long one).