On this page, you will see the common links like the iFeed search box and the direct links to the homepage and others on the right. More importantly, you will see the thread of conversation to which you have contributed and the responses from your fellow learners. The livelier this eForum is, the more useful it can be for individual learners. The most important aspect of this Virtual Learning Environment is to give you the feel of studying with fellow learners. It reminds you that you are not alone and there are people around you who can lend you a hand. So, why not lend a hand to your fellow learners and benefit together from the interaction?
TOPIC 2 MY VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (MYVLE) 75 Figure 2.43: Forum messages " Forum page – course content Sometimes, when you are discussing things in the eForum, you come across the need to look up your module for specific pieces of information. Click on the Show Content button and you will see the content of the course (Figure 2.44). This is to give you an easier way to look up the information as you are discussing them. The content shown here can vary from course to course depending on what is available for the course. Among the kinds of content you can expect to see are: " Text material much like your learning module, but all latest changes or additions will be added here before it is put into printed form in the next edition of the module; " Links to reading material from the Digital Library; " Video Lectures; and " Audio.
TOPIC 2 MY VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (MYVLE) 76 Figure 2.44: Course content (ii) " Gmail Email is an asynchronous communication tool which can be used to communicate with your tutors and peers. We are assuming that you are new students of OUM and you will use the email facility via Gmail. To access email, follow the steps shown in Table 2.6.
TOPIC 2 MY VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (MYVLE) 77 Table 2.6: Steps to Access Gmail Step 1: Click on the GMail tab and you will see the OUM Gmail set up account page as shown in Figure 2.45 when you first log in. Follow the instructions given to set up your account. You will only see this page once. After setting up your account, you will be sent directly to your inbox in later logins (see Figure 2.46). Figure 2.45: GMail account set up page Figure 2.46: Your email inbox
TOPIC 2 MY VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (MYVLE) 78 Step 2: To compose a message, click Compose and a Compose Page will be displayed (refer to Figure 2.47). To view received email, click on the received email link. Type the recipientÊs email address followed by the subject of the message and the message. Figure 2.47: Compose page Step 3: To reply to the email in Inbox, click the email and you will see Figure 2.48. Click Reply or Reply All (if you want to send the email to all recipients of that email). Follow the directions in Step 2 above. This will allow you to reply to the sender.
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