From the moment you log in, you have access to core features in the menu where your name appears. You can easily return to the menu from wherever you are—even if you're in a course. You'll see the menu peeking from behind the other layers you have open.
When you select any link from the menu, you see a global view of your courses. For example, Grades shows your scores in all courses—you don't have to navigate to each one.
Oh, the places you'll go!
Institution Page: Find information about your institution.
Profile: Make changes to your online persona.
Activity Stream: See up-to-the-minute action for your courses.
Courses: Navigate to past, present, and future courses.
Organizations: Access the organizations you're a member of.
Calendar: View course events and due dates for your courses.
Messages: View and send messages in your courses.
Grades: Check your grades for all courses.
Tools: Access global functions that are outside of a course such as portfolios or the Content Collection.