Interacting in Your Course
Active participation is an integral part of all VirtualSC PD courses. This page provides written directions and videos for how to participate in the forums and assignments that are a part of the course
- Forums: Forums give you a chance to interact with other course members in a discussion board.
- Assignments: Assignments give you the opportunity to show your facilitator what you’ve learned, and how you’ve synthesized that new learning. Assignments will have multiple formats and requirements.
- During the course, you will create assignments that will be uploaded to the course.
- Be sure to save your work on your computer in a folder named specifically for your VirtualSC PD course.
- Most assignments need to be submitted in a PDF format; assignment directions will specify file type required.
- Click here for directions on how to convert different file formats to PDF.
- When you name files that you submit, follow the naming convention described in the assignment.
- All assignments are due during the active session week. Unless prior arrangements are made and agreed to with the facilitator, then late assignments will not be accepted and will be awarded a zero in the grade book.
- In the assignments, you are required to cite evidence from the course session readings. This lets your facilitator know that you are interacting with the course materials.
Watch the video below to learn how to submit an assignment in Moodle:
Participating in Discussion Forums
- Participating in discussion forums is an important feature of all facilitated VirtualSC PD renewal and graduate courses.
- Forums allow you to share your questions and ideas with other students.
- Past participants have shared that forums have enhanced their professional growth.
- In the discussion forum each week, you will be asked to synthesize the readings and resources you’ve been assigned. (An exception to this would be in a self-paced, non-facilitated renewal course from VirtualSC PD.)
- Make sure that you refer to the Forum Guidelines and Discussion Forum Rubric found in the course when posting to forums and replying to others.
- In the forums, you will cite evidence from the readings. This lets the facilitator know that you are interacting with the course materials.
- Watch the video below to see how to create an initial forum post:
Checking Your Progress
- It is your responsibility to keep up with your progress and grades. Many past participants find that using the suggested pacing guides each week kept them on track.
- Watch the following video to see how you can check your grades and view feedback, we want you to understand how to gain check marks next to session items and the corresponding Dashboard course completion percentage.
- Many courses have “activity completion” check boxes which are visual aids to see how you’re progressing during the course.
- Session Books will get a check once all pages in the book have been viewed
- Forums will get a check once 3 replies have been posted
- Assignments will get a check once an assignment is submitted for a grade
- Quizzes will get a check once the quiz has been completed and automatically graded.
- All other items can be manually checked by the participant
- Check marks do not effect grades they are only a point of reference for the participants to see what may still need to be completed in a session
- The Dashboard percentage does not reflect your actual grade, it tracks what has been viewed or submitted in the actual course area.
- Always refer to the actual Grades area on the left-hand menu to see if an assignment has been graded.
- For assignments and forums that use rubrics you will view the feedback from within the Open Grader; click on the gear icon at top right and choose Open Grader from the drop-down menu.
- Facilitators are required to complete the previous session grades by 5:00 PM on Thursdays.