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All of the tutorials posted weekly are located here for easy access for everyone to read.

Run a Report

In order to check your progress in your course, you can run a Report on yourself to see how you’re doing. First, log into eLearning and open your course. Next, click the Report tab on the top.

Next, you can either leave the Category on Learner Profile, or change it to Grades. If you have Learner Profile selected, you can check various things such as your attendance, logons, how many forum posts you have finished, and submissions.

After you have selected your Report type, you can change the dates in which it checks, (such as from the first day of the course to the current day), and your report view. We recommend the Table View, as it is less confusing than the Chart View, and allows you to click each report individually. If you selected Grades as a category, all you have to do is click Run on the far right side of the page. It then gives you a quick run-down on how you did in each category, as well as any comments that may have been left for you from the assignment.

Organize Your Courses

In order to keep your courses organized on your home page, you can edit how your courses are displayed. By organizing by semester, filtering out which courses you are taking now, versus which courses you’ve taken in the past becomes much easier.

To begin, log into eLearning. When you first access your home, (without making any changes), your home Courses Nugget should be organized alphabetically. Click on the little pencil icon to access the Courses Settings page to start editing what it displays.

Once in your Courses Settings page, you can filter which courses will display on your home page. It is not wise to hide the courses you are currently taking, as accessing them may become difficult. By checking/unchecking boxes, you can choose how the courses will be organized as well. Click the box to the left of Semester in order to have your courses organized by Semester. Once you are finished, click Save in order to save your changes.

Finally, you should be back at your Angel home page. Your courses should display by semester, displaying the year first, and the starting month after, (such as 201001 being the Spring 2010 Semester, which started in January, 2010.)

Compatibility

Sometimes, teachers may not have the newest word processor that you have access to. To avoid situations in which your work is unable to be opened, thus ungradable, you may have to ensure that the file is saved in a format that is accessible for older word processors. In Microsoft Word 2007, the default save option is .DOCX, which is not compatible with Microsoft Word 2003, (without plug-ins or convertors), WordPerfect or Works. To ensure compatibility, it is as easy as changing the format in which your document saves from Word 2007. By clicking the Office Button , then Save As… you can select the format in which it saves. By saving a file as a .DOC instead of a .DOCX, the file becomes much more accessible for other word processors. (The same holds true with PowerPoint 2007. The default save is .pptx, and it is as easy as clicking save as, and choosing .ppt instead.)

Additional Links

If a teacher has a .docx file saved on their course, and you are unable to read it, a plug-in for Word 2003 may be just what you need. The below links provide a plug-in and a convertor so you can access the content without getting the newest Word.

PLUG-IN TO READ .DOCX FILES IN 2003
FREE .DOCX TO .DOC CONVERTOR

Reduce Files Size

There are may free tools on the internet that will allow you to convert your file to a smaller form.

Images

For pictures, text, or large PowerPoint documents you can convert to a PDF document. Free PDF converters are available online, one that is regularly used is CutePDF this will install a PDF ‘printer’ onto your computer and you will be able to print a document to a PDF in any of your programs.

Videos

Videos are a little more complicated to reduce the file size, but the following programs can greatly reduce the size of the videos:

HandBrake

The most notable program for video conversion and compression for both MAC and PC is Handbrake. Handbrake is a fantastic program that takes many video types and will convert them to more manageable format and size.

RealPlayer SP

Another useful program is Realplayer SP (free version) this program is a media player that also has a video converter with presets for mobile devices and Youtube. It also has many other features that are useful that include a browser plug-in for downloading Youtube videos.

Converting PowerPoints

When either uploading or submitting a PowerPoint that contains a large amount of images or sounds, sometimes it is best to convert it into a flash video. A free program to do so is iSpring Free. iSpring Free is a free program, that once installed, adds a menu to Microsoft Office PowerPoint. This menu allows you to insert Flash formatted videos or YouTube videos into a PowerPoint, along with converting the PowerPoint to a Flash Video.

Once your PowerPoint is finished, and ready to be converted, click the “iSpring Free” tab, and “Publish”. On the next window, you can select where you want the files to be saved, along with how many slides you want inserted into the video, if you want the HTML coding to upload it to a website, and if you want it to automatically progress. The default settings are best if you want to click to progress through slides, and want to keep it simple. By using iSpring to convert your presentation, it becomes simpler to keep all of the content that was needed to make the presentation work correctly, all in a single .swf file.

Once you click publish, the program will start to convert the presentation, open it up in an internet browser, and save the final files where you had specified in the window. When uploading the files to a site, you must upload all of the files created after converting the presentation.