By Kalynn Meeker
Distribution Learning has taken on the task of teaching Volunteer State Community College’s course management system, eLearn. Andrea Scruggs, the Distribution Learning Coordinator, and her team have supplied all there is to know about the program. All upcoming students have the opportunity to trial run eLearn with the training course to better understand how the program works.
Scruggs relayed the way in to carry out the process. Logging on the Volstate website at “www.volstate.edu” is the first step. Under the “Current Students” tab, students will click on “eLearn”. When asked the username type in “VSGuest” and the password is “Guest123”. This will bring you to the guest account. On the right side of the screen is a link in the “eLearn Resources” module. Click on the first link in the module to take you to the homepage for eLearn Success.
The student is given step-by-step instructions on navigating through every facet of eLearn. There is also a quick-tip sheet of general information. The highlighted red words open in-depth tutorials about everything from classlists to quizzes. Understanding how to use different types of media like Youtube is demonstrated on the page. Kurzweil 3000/Firefly tutorials can be found as well to assist in on-the-go assignment success. When asked how this helps to understand eLearn, Rachel Effinger, first-time freshmen at Volstate, said, “I think once I start classes and I get in contact with someone else, it will help.”
There is also help for faculty in this endeavor. Scruggs has equipped instructors with step-by-step instructions on how to make the beginning of the courses run successfully on eLearn. It can be found on the Distribution Learning blog by visiting http://blogs.volstate.edu/distributededucation/.