Learning how to navigate the digital classroom environment is essential to your
1. Review "Navigating the Online Scavenger Hunt and search the digital
classroom to find the answers.
2. Complete the scavenger hunt while navigating the learning management
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Online Learning Environment Scavenger Hunt
Learning how to navigate the digital classroom environment is essential to your academic success. GCU’s
digital classroom has many resources to help you become a successful graduate learner.
View the Student Learning Management System Tutorial as well as search the digital classroom to find
answers to the questions below. You should complete the guide while navigating the digital classroom
Part A: Answer Each Prompt
1. List the items on the screen when you first enter a course.
2. Along the left-hand menu, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Student Success
Center.” Once in the Student Success Center, search for “Classroom Policies” and review GCU’s
participation policy. What do you need to do to make sure you are properly participating in the
3. View the “APA 7 th Edition Tutorial,” located in the topic Resources to assist in answering
this question. Once you have viewed the tutorial, navigate back to the “Student Success
Center” and search for “Style Guides and Templates” to review the APA Style Guide and
APA Template (without Abstract) documents.
a) Why do you think academic writing requires such strict formatting?
b) If you have trouble formatting your papers, what resources can you access at
GCU that will help you with it? List at least two.
4. Under which section in the Student Success Center can you find official Microsoft
Tutorials for their software products?
5. Within the “Student Success Center,” Click on “Resources,” and then under the “Tools”
heading, click on “New Student Success.” Locate “Tutorials and Webinars.” Which
“Classroom Success” tutorial or webinar do you think might be most helpful for you?
6. From the course home page, find where you can see your current grade in the course.
7. Click on “Syllabus” from the home page in the digital classroom. What are all the
different sections found in the syllabus?
8. Scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click on “Library” from the left-hand menu. Find
a time that a GCU Library Introduction webinar tour is available. Write down a time and
date that one is offered.
Part B: Highlight the Correct Response
Read Also:DQ 2: Refer to the consensus report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, provided in the topic Resources.
9. From the Resources page of the Student Success Center, which of the following is not found
under the “Explore Tools” link?
a) The Writing Center
b) New Student Success
c) Virtual Campus Tour
d) Academic Excellence Center
10. What can be found in the Class Resources?
a) Electronic Resources and Textbook
b) Computer, Internet, and Software
c) Pens, Paper, and Books
d) The Syllabus, Discussion Forum, and Student Success Center
11. Where do you find “Announcements" for a course?
a) On the main page of your course in the digital classroom
b) The Calendar
c) The Syllabus
d) The instructor emails them to you at the start of each week.
12. What would you do if you wanted to ask your instructor a question in which you felt your
classmates could benefit from the answer as well?
a) Send him or her a personal email
b) Post the question in the Discussion Forum
c) Post the question in the Announcements
d) Post the question in the Class Questions
13. Looking at the Forums section of your digital classroom, which sections are not listed? (Select all
a) Discussion Forum
b) Class Questions
c) Assignment Forum
d) Private Forum
14. Where are the weekly topic learning objectives found?
a) On the Calendar
b) Within the topic itself
c) In the Gradebook
d) Under the Classroom Policies section
15. Where is the syllabus found?
a) Under the Calendar tab
b) In the Announcements
c) On the course home page
d) In Topic 1
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.
Grading Rubric Guidelines
Demonstrates achievement of scholarly inquiry for professional and academic decisions.
|Application of Course Knowledge –
Demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and/or apply principles and concepts learned in the course lesson and outside readings and relate them to real-life professional situations
Replies to each graded thread topic posted by the course instructor, by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. MT, of each week, and posts a minimum of two times in each graded thread, on separate days.
(5 points possible per graded thread)
Summarizes what was learned from the lesson, readings, and other student posts for the week.
|Minus 1 Point||Minus 2 Point||Minus 3 Point||Minus 4 Point||Minus 5 Point|
|Grammar, Syntax, APA
Note: if there are only a few errors in these criteria, please note this for the student in as an area for improvement. If the student does not make the needed corrections in upcoming weeks, then points should be deducted.
Points deducted for improper grammar, syntax and APA style of writing.
The source of information is the APA Manual 6th Edition
|0 points lost||-5 points lost|
|Total Participation Requirements
per discussion thread
|The student answers the threaded discussion question or topic on one day and posts a second response on another day.||The student does not meet the minimum requirement of two postings on two different days|
|Early Participation Requirement
per discussion thread
|The student must provide a substantive answer to the graded discussion question(s) or topic(s), posted by the course instructor (not a response to a peer), by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. MT of each week.||The student does not meet the requirement of a substantive response to the stated question or topic by Wednesday at 11:59 pm MT.|