Logging In to an SKSM Online Course
- You must be registered for the course before you can log in. See How To Register.
- If you are a GTU student, you will receive a WebAdvisor username and password from your school's registrar. If you are not a GTU student, you will receive a username and password from CITS, the GTU's Technical Support department, prior to your first GTU online course. You will also receive a Moodle enrollment key (one key per course) from Starr King's online education office shortly before your SKSM online course begins. Use the username and password plus key to access your Moodle course and the GTU-specific Precourse (required for new students).
- Keep your username, password and each course-specific enrollment key by you when you enroll in your courses. Contact the SKSM Online Education Director if you have not received a username, password and a key for each course by the first day of class.
- To access your class, go to the GTU Moodle website at http://moodle.gtu.edu.
- Enter your username and password then click the Login button. Notice that after you log in successfully, your name will appear in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Click on the appropriate course category, then the course name to enter the course. Or use the Search Courses feature below the Course Categories. Type in the course number, or words from the title, and click "Go."
- On the new page, enter the enrollment key (see steps 2 and 3 above); then click the Enroll me in this course button.
- You should now have entered the course. In the future you may go directly to the course (http://moodle.gtu.edu) without using the enrollment key.
How Online Courses Work
Shortly after your course begins, let your instructor know whether you'll take the course for pass/fail or for a letter grade. Online courses span 15 weeks (fourteen weeks of instruction and a one week mid-semester break). They employ textbooks or online readings or a combination of both. Most instructors run unit-weeks from Sunday at midnight to the following Sunday at midnight, and students are not required to be online at the same time. Typically, there is a reading assignment each week, and students respond to what they've read and to one another's responses, which are posted in the Forums on the course sites. Students are asked to complete mid- and end-of-semester course evaluations, and final papers or projects are usually required.
The GTU Moodle Precourse is required for students who are taking an online class for the first time. Approximately one week before the start of a semester, students receive an email per course containing the enrollment key and helpful information, including simple instructions about the Moodle Precourse. This allows time for initial introductions, posting photos and getting to know GTU Moodle.
Understanding Your Moodle Course Site
The main course materials are found in the center of the screen. Forums, text, documents and links to other resources are all located in the center area. (Forums are online discussions.)
On the right and/or left sides are blocks with different functions. For example:
- Under 'Navigation,' Profile leads to your personal information, which is shared with other students in the course. Add a photo here.
- Under 'Navigation,' Participants provides a list of students in the course, with email addresses.
- Each course may contain other blocks, selected by the instructor.
See Technical Requirements & Support for further information.
Copyright and Fair Use
Faculty, students, and staff of Starr King are expected to abide by Copyright Law. While this sets limits on copying, at the same time each student is encouraged to exercise their full rights granted by the provisions of Fair Use. Read the guidelines at http://online.sksm.edu/CopyrightGuidelines.pdf.
Again, thank you for your interest in Starr King’s online program.