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My Courses/Dashboard

My Courses and Dashboard Help pages

Site: EIT Hawke's Bay - EIT Online
Course: EIT Hawke's Bay - EIT Online
Book: My Courses/Dashboard
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Date: Friday, 18 August 2017, 6:48 PM

My courses

  • Access My Courses

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Access My courses

In EITOnline you may need to self-enrol into courses you are studying if they do not already show on your Dashboard page. Read the next few pages of this book to find out how to enrol into courses in EITOnline. Any EITOnline courses you are already enrolled in are accessible via the My courses menu link at the top left of every page in EITOnline (if logged in).

You can also access your courses via your Dashboard page. 


How to Enrol/Unenrol

  • Finding a course
  • Self enrol in a course
  • How to Unenrol

Help using Online Books

Finding a course

Note: In the examples below, we are using the 'Bachelor of Computing' for the programme and 'ITDT5.220 Data' for the course. Your programme and course will probably have different names.

Any EITOnline courses you have already enrolled in will display in the My courses dropdown list in the dark grey menu or on your Dashboard page. If the courses don't show you will most likely be expected to self enrol into the course so follow the steps below to do this. You will also need an enrolment key to do this.

To enrol in a course, click on the 'All Courses' Tab in the dark grey bar along the top of the page.

The Courses page will open. This page contains links to all the programmes and courses offered by EIT listed under Category headings (often by school name). The quickest way to find your course/subject is to type in the most unique part of the course name in the Search courses text box and click on Go.

For the example course ITDT5.220 Data, typing in itdt5 in the search box and clicking Go should narrow down the courses with that specific content in the title enough to easily find the course/subject in the search results displayed on screen. The image below shows only one course matched the search criteria of 'itdt5' and it exists under the Bachelor of Computing Systems category so is also in the correct programme (listed as the example programme at the top of the page).

Before trying to self enrol in a course choose the course title carefully since courses/subjects can:

  • Have similar names with minor differences such as one number being different. (Data Communications & Networking 1, 2 or 3)
  • Have the correct name but be available in the wrong semester or year (MN9.490 Masterate Research Online 2015)
  • Have the correct name but incorrect campus location (ITPM6.310 Project Management Auckland)
  • Have the correct name but is listed under the wrong Category programme name (Continued access or wrong degree name)

When you find your course/subject, click on it to self enrol.

If you are not sure the correct version of the course is visible to you then phone your programme secretary (for online courses) or ask your tutor next time you go to class before enrolling as the right course may still be hidden from student view so it will not show up in any searches until the tutor makes it visible (sometimes they forget to do this).

If the above mentioned way of searching doesn't find the required course then you can expand the programme categories till you find the course you want. Click on a category name to expand it and see the sub categories or courses/subjects underneath it. In this example Computing has been expanded to show all the programmes available in EITOnline run by the school of Computing.

Clicking on Bachelor of Computing Systems category heading would then display all the courses beneath this category as well.  Several pages may be used to hold all the courses/subjects contained within a programme so you may need to go to the next page to find the one you want. These pages can be navigated to by clicking on the page number or the (Next) or (Previous) links at the top of the page.

When you find your course/subject, click on it to self enrol.

Self enrol in a course

If you have arrived at a page similar to that shown below and want to enrol in that subject you will need to enter an enrolment key in the Enrolment key text area highlighted in green.

This enrolment key will most likely be supplied to you in class by your tutor (for on-campus courses) or often with your programme enrolment information (for most online courses). A series of dots appear when entering the enrolment key in the Enrolment key textbox. When entered click on Enrol me.

If you get a message saying the Enrolment key is incorrect then try again but check what you have entered; tick the Unmask check box and the dots will be replaced by text. Enrolment keys are case sensitive. If it doesn't work then check you are enrolling in the correct version of the course (correct semester, correct year, correct campus location) otherwise contact your tutor to let them know or ask your programme secretary if you don't know who the tutor is.

If successful the subject you have enrolled in will open and its location will be displayed at the Navigation Bar at the top left of the page. The subject you have just enrolled in and any other subjects you are enrolled in will be displayed on your Dashboard page and in the My courses menu. It can take a few minutes to display new courses so be patient.

How to unenrol

Note: Un-enrolling from a course in EITOnline deletes the course from your My courses list and Dashboard page and also removes you as a participant from the EITOnline course. It does not officially withdraw you from a course or remove any related course costs. Make sure you contact your Programme Secretary to officially withdraw from a course or programme.

To remove a course from your Dashboard page or My courses list go into the course you want to unenrol from. Under the Administration block there is the option to Unenrol me from 'Subject name'. Click on this option.

A page will open asking if you really want to unenrol. If you want to unenrol, click the Continue button. If you have arrived here by mistake and do not wish to unenrol click the Cancel button.


Course Layouts


NOTE: Course layouts vary from course to course and faculty to faculty so your course layout may vary to those shown below.

Course Summary

Every course has a summary section at the top of each course. At a minimum a course summary has the course title displayed.

The course summary in your course may also include;

  • The aims of the course
  • An introduction to the lecturer
  • A course outline or course information
  • One or two resources such as a help or course announcements forum

Picture of a course showing General Introduction


Topic/Module Format

To Page Top

Courses using Topic format are set out in Topics or Modules and each separate section in the course has a Topic/Module number (Topic 2), Topic/Module name (Assignments), or both. The course is grouped into Topics/Modules by the Lecturer and the topics flow vertically one after the other down the page. A Topic/Module is usually completed before the next Topic/Module is started.

Picture of modular course

Weekly Format

To Page Top

Courses using Weekly format have a separate section for every week of the course. The dates are shown at the top of each section and the sections flow vertically one after the other down the page. The current week is always highlighted. (A grey shadow box appears around the current week as shown in the example below.)

Picture of weekly course layout


Other Formats

To Page Top

Some courses use a website menu format where each section is shown as a tab near the top of the course. The sections are listed in a tabular format across the page and only the content from the selected tab will display on the page. Selecting another tab will then show the content of that section. The current section has a white background and all others are dark grey.

Picture of Forum layout

Other courses may have collapsed sections where each week or topic can be expanded and collapsed by the person viewing the course. This limits the amount of scrolling down the page you need to do to reach the current section. The sections flow vertically one after the other down the page but are collapsed. Clicking on the arrow at the left of the section will expand the content within that section. Clicking on the arrow again will collapse it back down again. You can have more than one section expanded at the same time.


Dashboard

  • Dashboard layout

Dashboard layout

The Dashboard page is the first page you see after you log into EITOnline. It allows quick access to your courses and other useful tools for students to use. You can always locate your Dashboard page by clicking on the Dashboard link under the Navigation block. Or, it normally shows as a link at the start of the Navigation Bar/Breadcrumb trail.

My Home 

Your Dashboard page opens with a layout similar to the one shown below.

My Home

Dashboard has the following blocks;

  • Navigation block. Explore this when Updating My Profile & Emai or accessing EITOnline courses you are enrolled in. View the Navigation Online book for more information.
  • Student Communication block. This contains twitter feed of important notifications for students.

There is also an option to Customise this page and add other blocks such as My Private Files or Calendar etc.


Customising the Dashboard

  • Customising the Dashboard
  • My private files block
  • Adding a block

Watch Video

Customising the Dashboard

Click on the Customise this page button to alter the layout and click on the Stop customising this page button when finished.

When you click on the Customise this page button, a set of editing icons similar to those shown below appears in the block titles. These icons are; 

My Home

1. Move - Alter location of this block

2. Cog - Configure/Update this block

3. Eye - Hide/Show this block

4. Cross - Delete this block

This video is very useful on showing you how to customise your Dashboard page and reorder courses showing on the page. Click here to take a look.

Move - Alter location of this block

Click on the Move icon to drag a block to a different location. A series of red rectangles appear on the page. Click any of these red rectangles and the block will move to that location. Click on Stop customising this page when finished.

Cog - Configure this block

The Cog icon takes you to the edit block settings. There is no need to configure blocks as students don't have rights to make any useful changes here anyway.

 Eye - Show/hide this block

How to Show or Hide a block. Click on the eye icon (Number 3 in the picture above). The icon changes to an crossed out eye icon and the block it is associated with fades. This signifies the block is now hidden. After you click on Stop customising this page the block will no longer be visible on the Dashboard page. Click on the Customise this page button once more, then click on the crossed out eye icon to reverse the process and make the block visible again.

My Home

Cross - Delete this block

Click on the Cross icon  to delete a block. Not all blocks can be deleted on the Dashboard page as many are default blocks used by everyone. In these cases you can hide or dock them but not delete.  See Adding a Block info below for the way to restore/show this block again. Click on Stop customising this page when finished.

 

Manage my private files

Here are two ways to access My private files. The easiest way is to access it is from the dropdown list which is available when hovering over your account name in the top right of the dark grey menu.

You can also add the My private files block to your Dashboard page by customising the page and adding the My private files block using the steps outlined under Adding a block section below.

My Home

Regardless of how you choose to get to My private files once you are there then click on Manage my private files to add, update and delete your private files. Any files you add are not visible to other students or teachers. You can store up to 100MB of data in your my private files area and the files will be available as a source within the filepicker when selecting files to use in a course. You can use this area to temporarily store important files such as nearly complete assignments.

Adding a block

Click on the Customise this page button to alter the layout.

Find the Add a block block and click on the dropdown arrow to see a list of blocks available to be added to your Dashboard page. Some blocks are specially designed HTML blocks which if deleted cannot be added back again using this process but most can be re-added when customising the page. In courses the course coordinators have control of the blocks showing on your course pages. for more information on blocks visit the blocks page in the Navigation online help book.