Help About How the LInC Web Site is Organized
LInC Online Navigation Bar
Each LInC page has a "navigation bar" at the top of the page. The top row of buttons in this navigation bar links to an annotated home page for each of the five main sections (topics) of the course (Introduction, Engaged Learning, Staff Development, Technical Skills, and Issues). The Overview page has a brief description about all sections. The home page for each section describes all the resources available in that section. The top row of the navigation bar looks like this:
The second row of buttons in the navigation bar provides navigation aids to help you find what you need. This row includes a Table of Contents page and a Site Map which list all of the LInC resource Web pages. Also included are a page listing the End Products you will be creating for the course, a page you can use to post Suggestions or problems with the LInC resource Web pages, a page with Help about how the site is organized, and a Search page. The second row of the navigation bar looks like this:
Using the navigation bar and/or the five "topic home pages", you can get from any LInC instructional web page to any other LInC instructional web page in just two mouse-clicks.
LInC Online Overview Page and Main Sections
There are many LInC Online resources to help you with your work. One of the most important is the
Please "bookmark" or make a "favorite" of this page right now so you can get to it easily! This page has links for all the LInC materials you may need during the course. These pages provide short descriptions, longer descriptions, guiding questions, resources, instructions, templates, examples, and rubrics to assist you with each part of your project development and staff development planning. These materials also have links to useful outside resources.
The materials are divided into five main sections:
- Introductory materials about the course
- Engaged Learning and Effective Use of Technology
(including how to proceed in creating your own project)
- Staff Development
- Technical Skills
(including authoring Web pages and online communication)
- Educational Issues
(related to use of technology and engaged learning)
Your LInC Course Home Page (Site Specific)
Several very important pages you will use regularly are included in your LInC course's home page for your site. At any given time, several LInC courses may be being conducted in various parts of the country. Each course will have a home page for their participants that is hosted by the site that is offering the course. If you have not been notified already where this is, please ask your facilitator.
Your LInC course's home page will provide links to:
Assignments - This lists course assignments and due dates.
Chat Schedule - This lists the chat schedule (times, topics, and channels) for each week if your course will hold online chats.
Completed Assignments - This lists which assignments have been completed for each participant.
Site-Specific Information - This lists the account, server, and electronic communication tool information for your LInC course. You will need this information to subscribe to your course's mailing list, participate on an electronic discussion board for your course, participate in real-time electronic chats for your course, and to publish your work on your course site's Web server.
These are only some of the most important pages. We suggest that you browse your LInC course's home page and the LInC Online overview page to become familiar with what is available.
Some Tips on Using LInC Web Pages
We recommend you read our Getting Started in LInC Online - Orientation web page to get a good introduction to the LInC course and web site.
There is a flow of lessons from one concept to another. However, we realize that the participants in this course, like any course, have a wide range of abilities and skills. Do not feel constrained to use the pages in any lock-step order. Feel free to move ahead or to skip to pages that contain information you need. As facilitators, we wish to encourage you to use the pages and resources as they meet your needs.
When you are reading LInC pages, you may find it easier to read through a whole page first--without following any links--and then use the links later to find out more about the linked items as you need them.
When you see this book image in the LInC Online Web pages, this means that the following link(s) are a supplementary resource you can use to get more information. These links are not "required" readings and are not part of the main flow of the content.