The first screen you will encounter when entering your profile is the Dashboard. Your Dashboard is the “nerve center” of your Academy.
From your Dashboard you have the option of viewing upcoming lessons, going through a quick system check, opening a virtual classroom and managing your academy’s courses and learners.
Your Dashboard should look similar to this :
The center of your dashboard is occupied by the calendar. This is the place where you can see your upcoming and past events for the current month. You can also switch between months by using the forward and back arrows on the upper right corner of the calendar.
Directly above the calendar and slightly to the left is the CREATE A VIRTUAL ROOM button, which allows you to quickly start a room. This is only available as part of the Learning Management System package. To the right of that button is a link to the check your system option. This allows you to check if your hardware and software configurations are compatible with the virtual classroom.
There are three options available for viewing your calendar. You have the option of viewing entire months at a time, selected weeks, or a list version of upcoming and past events.
Above is how the calendar will look when you choose the Monthly view (the default view).
And here is how the calendar will look when you choose the Weekly view:
The last option for viewing your events is the List view. As opposed to the calendar view, this option allows you to view events as a list. This is how it looks:
If you scroll down, on the same page you can view a key for the event colour-coding:
This means that if you see an event written in blue on the calendar then it is a virtual classroom event, etc.
Under the colour coding, at the very bottom of the page, you can view a list of all of the currently created and active courses in your Academy:
You may edit any one of them using the purple-coloured Edit button.
Another important feature of the Calendar is that you can use it to access virtual classroom sessions. In order to do this, first click on the event in the calendar. This will display its details.
This is how a previously prepared session would look when signed in as a user:
You will be able to view the name of the course, the name of the lesson, the names of the teachers, as well as the date and time when the session should begin.
Please keep in mind that if the virtual classroom for the corresponding lesson has not yet been opened then the Enter button will be grey.
The Enter button will turn red once the virtual classroom has been opened, signifying that you may now enter.
The red Enter button will take you through the system check and inside the virtual classroom.
The next article takes a look at your account profile. More information here: