TERMINOLOGY


There are a number of terms it's good to know when you are using EasyCampus. The table below will be a handy reference for the step-guides and overviews you'll find in these Tutorials.

Activity

An activity has a specific meaning in EasyCampus courses. It's one of a set of small programs you can add to a course, such as a Quiz or a Chat. Compare it to a Resource which is slightly different in nature.

Activity Page

Clicking an activity in an EasyCampus course often takes you out of the course proper and into that activities main page. For example, if you click into a Forum, the Course menu and other blocks will no longer be displayed. You can use Breadcrumbs to return to your previous place or the Top menu to return to main pages.

Assignment

An EasyCampus activity which allows a teacher to easily receive files in connection with a class assignment. The Assignment activity also provides functionality for easy grading of such entries.

Block

In EasyCampus, you'll see many function sets that are encircled and placed on the left or right side of a page. For example, the Email and Calendar functions are placed in blocks on most pages. The entire list of available blocks for a course display when you are editing a page. You can position these blocks on your page as you like.

Calendar

The EasyCampus calendar has extra functionality to simply showing the current date. Users can create reminders of scheduled activities which show up as color-coded dates. Some activities automatically appear on the calendar, such as Chats and Assignments.

Chat

An EasyCampus activity which lets one or more users talk to each other in real time, as if on the phone except the communication is handled by typing. Teachers find this useful for impromptu interactions but may want to use it sparingly as such sessions can be hard to manage with many users.

Course Menu

Used as another means to navigate an EasyCampus course, the Course Menu differs from the Top Menu in that it shows subpages in your course as well as the main pages. For example, the Top Menu will take you to the overall Lessons page but doesn't link to individual lessons. The Course Menu has a link to every lesson page. This menu appears on the left side of a course.

Email

In EasyCampus, the Email block is usually located on the right side of the page. It can be moved to any location or removed altogether. This block provides a functionality similar to a private messaging system in that all of the messages are held in a given campus and don't go to a user's actual email address.

Landing Page

This is the first page you and the people in your campus see after logging in. Depending on a person's role, this page may display differently. For example, a Campus Admin has many more options available in the Site Administration menu than a Student or a Teacher does. A Guest may see very little on his or her landing page.

Resource

A resource has a specific meaning in EasyCampus courses. Unlike an Activity, a resource is content provided by you in a set format. A web page you write yourself or a link to a useful site are good examples of resources.

Roles

Your role in an EasyCampus defines what you can see and do. Typically, a Campus Admin can perform most functions including editing of pages to move blocks, all course functionalities, and the ability to set some important options for the whole site. By contrast, a Guest can do very little depending on a Campus Admin's preferences. Some Guests are allowed to see courses but not enter any discussions, chats, assignments, etc.

Top Menu

In an EasyCampus Course, this refers to the band of links along the top. The Top menu is used to help you and your users easily navigate between the pages of your course. It appears on every page of the course. Compare it to the Course Menu.