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Virtual Classroom Tools

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15:40, 28 Feb 2013

If granted access to these tools by your instructor, you can view the course map, use the whiteboard, access websites, chat, and ask questions.

Classroom tools appear on the left side of the virtual classroom window. To use items in the Tools area, click the name of the tool.

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About the Virtual Classroom Course Map

In the virtual classroom, use the course map to browse the course. You must have active privileges.

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The following table details the available functions in the course map.

Course Map Functions
Function Action
Display a map element to all users. Click a content area in the map and select Display to Users in the drop-down list. Click Go.
Display a map element in a separate window. Click a content area in the map and select Preview in New Window in the drop-down list. Click Go. The new window appears only to the user who opens it.
Refresh the map during a collaboration session. Select Refresh Tree in the drop-down list. Click Go. The map updates to match the course menu.

About the Virtual Classroom Whiteboard

Use the tools palette to present different types of information. You can draw images, type text, and present equations. Your instructor determines whether these functions are available.

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The following table details the tools available for use on the whiteboard.

Whiteboard Tools and Actions
Function Description Action
select item icon Select an item Click the Arrow tool and click an item for selection. You can perform the following options on selected items:
  • Enlarge: Click one of the small black boxes that surrounds an item and drag it to the appropriate size.
  • Move: Click an item and move it to the appropriate location.
  • Cut: Click the whiteboard item and click the Cut icon.
  • Copy: Click the whiteboard item and click the Copy icon.
  • Paste: Click the whiteboard item and click the Paste icon.
  • Delete: Click the whiteboard item, click the selected object, and click the Delete icon.
  • Group items: Click the whiteboard items and click the Group icon.
  • Ungroup: Click a whiteboard item in a group and click the Ungroup icon.
  • Bring front: Click the whiteboard item, click the selected object, and click the Bring to front icon.
  • Bring back: Click the whiteboard item, click the selected object, and click the Send to back icon.
  • Select all figures on the whiteboard and click the Selects all Figures icon.
draw freehand icon Draw free hand Click the Pen tool. In the Fill Color drop-down list, choose the color of the pen.
insert text icon Type text using the keyboard Click the text tool (T) and click the whiteboard area. A Whiteboard Text Input box appears. Type text in the box and click Insert. Use the options in the tools palette to select color, font, and size.
draw a line icon Draw a straight line Click the Line tool.
draw a square icon Draw a square Click the Square tool. In the Fill Color drop-down list, choose the color of the square.
draw a circle icon Draw a circle Click the Oval tool. In the Fill Color drop-down list, choose the color of the circle.
input an equation icon Input an equation Click the equation icon. The equation editor appears. Input the equation and click Insert Equation.

About the Virtual Classroom Group Browser

Use the group browser to collaboratively browse the web. This tool opens a URL that all users can view. URLs used in the session are documented in the recording if one is created. Your school determines whether this function is made available to users.

How to Display a Website

  1. Type the URL in the Enter Address box. Click Go.
  2. Click Display to Users to display a website in the whiteboard. Alternatively, click Preview in New Window to open a website in a new browser window. The preview window appears only to the user who opened it.

How to Ask a Question in the Virtual Classroom

If allowed by your instructor, you can ask questions during a session. As you submit questions, your instructor can view and respond to them.

  1. In the Ask Question area, click Compose.
  2. In the Submit Question pop-up window, type your question in the text box.
  3. Click Send.

About the Virtual Classroom Question Inbox

Your questions are sent to the Question Inbox during a virtual classroom session. The Question Inbox is used to manage and respond to questions during a collaboration session.

How to Respond to a Question

  1. In the From list, click the username.
  2. Click the Respond to Question icon.
  3. In the Respond to Question pop-up window, type your message in the Response text box.
  4. Click Send.

How to Delete a Question

  1. In the From list, click the username.
  2. Click the Delete icon.

How to View Unanswered Questions

Select the Show unanswered only check box.

About the Respond to Question Window

Click the Respond to Question icon to access the Respond to Question window.

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  1. Question: Display the submitted question.
  2. Response: Provide a response to the question.
  3. Private: Select the check box to send your response privately. If marked private, your response is sent only to the person who submitted the message.
  4. Send: Send your response to the person who submitted the message.
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