The student website: How to use the features and options of the student website, by Devlin Conley, Tulia Dasilva, Tammy Hutchinson, Chris Merlino, and Ariel Perez.Good day. In this presentation we are going to take a brief trip through the student website so that you have an overview of how to navigate within the site and access the many functions available to you online. There is a myriad of resources available to the online student, from research materials to student workshops and even online tutoring assistance. The University of Phoenix student website is easy to use, but it helps to walk through it so you know the lay of the land.When you log onto the site, you will go to what will be your personal Home Page.
At the top of your Home page will be six tabs that you can click on: Home, Library, Classroom, Account, Program, and PhoenixConnect.
The Home page is your starting point anytime you log onto the student website.The Library tab takes you into the University Library.The Classroom tab takes you into your online classroom, where you will spend most of your time.The Account Tab gives you access to your personal and financial information.The Program tab gives you access to not only your personal education program, but also to a multitude of additional resources. Finally, the Phoenix Connect tab takes you into the forums, where you can discuss a variety of topics with other students and faculty members, as well as develop connections for future networking opportunities.Now, let’s look at these six tabs in greater detail.
Once you log into the student website you will arrive at the home tab. The Home Tab will give you access to the most recent courses you have taken, along with the next course in your program. You will also find information about your current courses, gain quick access to parts of the classroom, and see recent activity within PhoenixConnect
The first thing to notice is how the Home Page is laid out. Most Home pages look something like this. First, the major navigation tabs will always be at the top of the page. The left column has what are called Quick Links to take you directly to various pages within the site with one click. Below that are messages the school puts out from time to time for your benefit.The top center of the page is where you will find your class information. You will always start on your current classes. You can access your previous and future classes by clicking on the appropriate tab at the top of this section. The Course name, along with your instructor’s name and class schedule are listed on the left side and three links (Materials, Discussion, and Assignments) are listed to the right. These are quick links that we will discuss in more detail when we get to the Classroom tab.Finally, the bottom section of the page is dedicated to PhoenixConnect. We will discuss this in a later segment as well.
The Classroom Tab is your access to the class you are currently taking. There are four major links on this page: Materials, where you will find your coursework and weekly reading assignments; Discussion, which is essentially the classroom, where you can meet with your learning teams, and access to your individual forum; Assignments, where you’ll turn in your work each week; and finally, Grades, where you can see the grades you’ve earned for each assignment. Let’s take a closer look at the Classroom Page.
Here is a shot of a typical classroom page. The four sub-links are right at the top under the main tabs. Clicking on the Materials tab will give you access to a page with each week’s reading assignments listed right down the center of the page. You can access each assignment just by clicking on the one you want.The left hand column has many important items to be aware of. Course policies are available here, along with any additional requirements such as software, Element K tutorials, or Virtual Organizations.The Discussion link will take you into your classroom forum, where most of your online work will take place. Here, you will participate by answering discussion questions posted by your instructor, and responding to the answers posted by your classmates. Think of this as the online classroom. You can ask questions and interact with other students as well as the instructor. Bachelors level students will participate in learning teams as an additional element to their education and these teams are accessed in the Discussion forums as well.Students can communicate privately with their instructor by accessing their Individual forum, located in the box to the left. This is also where the instructor will leave feedback on assignments.The Assignments Tab is where the student will go to post their completed assignments each week. You do this by clicking on the appropriate assignment and uploading a file just as you would add an attachment to an email. Typically, assignments are done in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The Grades tab give the student access to their grades for each assignment.
There is a wealth of information at your fingertips when you click on the Library tab.There are several methods of researching topics and you have access to a variety of sources including academic journals,news and magazine articles, and, of course, eBooks. The Center for Writing Excellence is a vital tool for the student because the majority of assignments are writtenpapers. The Center for Writing Excellence has resources like the Plagiarism Checker, CWE Review, and WritePoint to help the student turn in properly formatted, grammatically correct, original work. There are many tools, guides and tutorials available to assist the student in proper writing technique.The Center for Mathematics Excellence is a tool equally important for math students. Like the CWE, this area is there to assist the student in all of the proper fundamentals of Mathematics.Element K tutorials are accessed through the Library tab, as well as student labs and the learning team toolkit.
A closer look inside the Library page reveals just how easy it is to find your way around. The University Library is accessed right there at the top left. You can do a search right from this page, or click on University Library for more advanced options.The CWE is right below and you can submit papers for review right from this page or you can click on the Center for Writing Excellence link and enter the page for full access to the resources within.The same goes for the Center for Mathematics Excellence, right below. There are some useful links right on this page, or you can click on the CME link for more resources.The eBook section up top offers you access to university textbooks.The Element K Tutorials section contains many helpful tutorials over a range of topics. Chances are, there is an Element K tutorial for your class.The Student Lab section is where you can go for some extra work in a given subject. There are several labs available and you can go in an ask questions, have discussions, and get feedback from instructors and students alike.Finally, the learning team ToolKit is a resource for Bachelor level students and is there to help you learn collaboration skills.
The Program Tab opens up a page with a vast range of information. There are five sections: My Program, which deals with information specific to you and your program; Services, which detail the various resources available to you as a student at the University of Phoenix; Credit Assessment Services, which help you with transferring previous experience and education; Publications, which are put out by the University; and finally About the University of Phoenix
The Program Page looks like this. At the top, under My Program, you can access your program schedule and the grades you have achieved so far. You can also review the Academic Catalog and review the credits you have obtained towards your degree. The Services section provides the student information on University policies and services available to the student, including student workshops, dispute management, and commencement.Credit Assessment is where the student can apply for credit towards their degree for past life experience, work history, or education.There are several publications the University puts out. These can be accessed in the Publications section.Finally, learn about the University of Phoenix and the Alumni in the bottom section of the page.
The Account page is fairly straight forward, but important, because the student’s personal information is contained within. There are basically two main headings. The first, My Account, is where the student can update his or her Profile, Password, Address, and Student Verification Number. Student’s personal information is important and confidential and the Account tab offers services for the student to access all of their personal contact information. Student’s should keep this information current.The second heading is called Payments, and contains the student’s Account Summary, Payment History, Tax Forms, and the Employer/Tribal Academic Program (if applicable). Financial records are kept in detail under the Payments section and students may access all payment and financial aid information at any time.
Here’s a closer look. As you can see, it is a simple to use page with links for all the previously mentioned items. Students may change their personal information at any time and can build a social networking profile with their academic goals, work history, pictures, and hobbies. Students may change their password at any time and should keep a written record of it so they may access all of the services of the student website. The Verification information should also be written down as it will be needed if the password is ever lost or forgotten.The payments section offers all financial records in a printable format so students may keep track of all payments and financial aid information. Students are encouraged to discuss this information with their Financial Advisors.
Finally, the PhoenixConnect tab offers the student the opportunity to connect with the rest of the student body and the faculty in an informal setting. Here, you can discuss anything and everything under the sun, from current events, to your educational pursuits, to hobbies, and so forth. When you enter PhoenixConnect for the first time, you will be on the “Getting Started” page. This will help you get up and running by helping you create a User Profile.After that, the top of the page contains the navigation for this area.The main page is an Overview. You can click on University Directory for access to all the names in the student body. Clicking on Communities will give you a list of all available communities. You can access each one by clicking on it. If you are an IT student, you might be interested in the IT communities and you can save them in My Communities so that you have quicker access next time.You can click on Groups to access a variety of Groups such as support groups and other groups that discuss specific issues and provide encouragement and help. Click on the Blogs link for access to a variety of Blogs posted by students and faculty. The final tab is a tutorial which helps you get started using PhoenixConnect.
The great thing about PhoenixConnect is that is brings a small glimpse of campus life to the online student. You get to relax, and share life with your classmates and instructors outside the classroom portion of the website.
The University of Phoenix Student Website is an easy to navigate resource for even the novice student. People of all ages and from all walks of life are enjoying the benefits of our website. We hope your experience with this educational tool is a positive one and we wish you the best of luck in your educational pursuits.
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