GSEPD Online - Course Info & Training Schedule for the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development @ Marshall University

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Getting started
  • Use your Internet Service Provider to connect to the Internet.
  • Open your Web browser.
  • Enter the URL, http://muonline.marshall.edu, into the Address bar, then press the ENTER key on your keyboard. For easy access, add this address to your Favorites.

Illustration of the Internet Explorer address bar with the URL http://muonline.marshall.edu

  • The "MUOnline" homepage illustrated below, will appear. Note that online program information, Institution/Course/Organization Announcements, and many other resources are accessible from this page.

Illustration of the Marshall University Entry Page

  • Locate the section labeled "MUONLINE LOG-IN" as displayed at the left in the illustration above.
  • Enter your MUNUET account and password, then click login.
Need Help? ...contact the Marshall University Information Technology Service Desk (email and phone are provided in the section above).

Using My MUOnline
  • After you enter your login information, you will gain access to the area called "My MUOnline" (a sample is illustrated below). Your name should appear in small print within the header including My Places, Home, Help, and Logout at the top of the page.

Illustration of My MUOnline page with course listing

  • The courses in which you are enrolled, also illustrated above are included in the center section labeled My Courses.
  • To access a course click the underlined course title

Navigating a Course
  • Click buttons or text links provided in the menu at the left to access different sections of the course. This may include content, assignments, communications tools, and help. A sample course is illustrated below. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the setup of each course you are taking. In this sample, Course Tools are listed in the left frame. Course content is represented by text in the large frame at the right.

Sample Course Homepage

  • Pay particular attention to the menu included in the frame at the left (illustrated above). Some common tools include: Calendar will provide access to a course calendar where most instructors will post assignment due dates. Discussions may be used for online discussions with the whole class or small assigned groups. Discussions may also be used for Journals and Blogs in some classes. Mail or Messages provides access to direct communication with your instructor and/or classmates. The Syllabus will typically be available here as well. Note that additional tools may be used in some courses. Use My Grades to keep track of your progress throughout the semester.
  • At any point you can return to your My MUOnline page to access other courses by clicking the labeled My MUOnline tab at the top right.

Directions for Sending Messages and Attachments
  • Use the Message link in the left menu to access an individual course messaging system, as shown below. As shown below, by default Messages includes two folders -- the Inbox (where messages are received) and Sent (which stores a copy of every message you send). It is also possible to create new folders to organize your messages using the Create Folder button.

Mailbox 

  • To begin a new message locate and click the Create Message button. A Compose Message window, as illustrated below, will appear.

Illustration of Create Message window

  • Illustration of the Select Message Recipients windowClick To..., which appears under Recipients. The Select Recipients options (as shown at the right) will appear. Locate the name of the person to whom you wish to correspond. Select the name and click > to move the person to the Recipients field. Repeat as needed for multiple recipients or hold down the Control key and click multiple names before > to identify more than one recipient at a time. You may as carbon copy (Cc) or blind carbon copy (Bcc) using the same procedure. 
  • Next, enter an appropriate *Subject: and type the Body of your message in the labeled space under Compose Message (as illustrated above). Note that formatting tools are available to format text style, size, alignment, lists, spellcheck, and more.
  • When your message is complete click Submit, illustrated below.

Illustration of buttons included in Mail -- Send, Preview, Cancel, and Save as Draft

If you want to include an Attachment continue with the following steps before clicking Submit.

  • Locate the Attachment section. To the right of Upload Attachment click Browse.

Illustration of Add Attachments button

  • From the Choose File window (illustrated below), select the location of the file you want to attach by clicking the down pointing arrow to the right of Look in:. Click the file that you want to upload. In the sample provided below the file is a Word document named Jones-Assignment1. Consider naming your files using your last name and some indication of the assignment you are sending. Once you have selected the file you want to attach click Open at the bottom right of the window.

Illustration of the Choose File to Upload window

  • Click the Submit button when your message and attachment are complete.
Note:
If you want to verify that a message has been sent you can check by clicking the Sent folder.

Directions for Posting Discussions and Attachments
  • Click the link for Discussions included in the menu at the left of the course window. Your instructor may create assignment specific topics, as illustrated below.

Illustration of a list of Discussion topics

  • Select the desired Discussion topic within your course. In the example included below the Assignment 1 Discussion topic was selected. If messages have been posted you will see a list of message subjects, authors, and posting dates. 

Illustration of a Discussion topic

  • To compose a new Discussion posting, click Create Thread. The Create Thread window illustrated below will open.
  • Enter a *Subject and type the body of your Message in the space provided.
  • When finished click Submit. Note that you may also Add Attachments.

Illustration of the Create Message window for Discussions

  • If you want to include an Attachment continue by using the steps outlined in the Message section above. Click Submit when your message and attachment are complete.
More Discussion Tips:
To read an existing Discussion posting, click the subject of any message you want to view. To post a response to a Discussion posting click Reply.

Directions for Submitting Assignments
  • Some courses will require you to submit assignments to an Assignments tool (this is sometimes referred to as a Dropbox). A sample submission window is shown below. Information such as the due date and grading criteria are included at the top. Your instructor may also provide additional assignment Instructions. You may include comments in the space provided next to Submission and Comments. When completing assignments, most instructors will want you to submit your work as an Attachment

Illustration of the dropbox window

Illustration of the dropbox window

  • To attach a file, such as a Word document, click Browse My Computer.
  • Select the desired file from your computer then click Open. Wait for the file to upload. Note that the larger the file the longer it will take to attach.

Illustration of Submit options in the dropbox

  • Once the attachment is complete click Submit (as shown above).
  • You should receive a Confirmation message, similar to that shown below.

Illustration of Dropbox confirmation message


Tips for Success
  • Get Started ASAP. Review course requirements as soon as possible to get a sense of what is expected.
  • Pace yourself! Time management is key. Pay attention to the instructor's timeline or create your own timeline for completing assignments. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO START AND COMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS!
  • Read carefully! Written content online replaces oral communication face-to-face, please read course content very carefully to avoid missing key concepts or important detail in assignment directions.
  • Print materials. If reading information on a computer monitor is difficult for you, consider printing. The printed copy can also be retained for future reference. When printing content click on the content, then select the Print or Print Frame option.
  • Communicate regularly with the instructor(s). If you have questions or concerns about assignments or course content use Messages to communicate with your instructor(s). Be aware that it may take time to get a response, so ask questions early.
  • Check the course often. Login to the course often for general announcements, content updates, and responses to your own questions. While checking in daily is optimal, at a minimum you should check your course(s) every other day.
  • Review your own work! To avoid delays in course completion, review your work to verify that it meets the content and submission specifications before sending it to your instructor(s).
  • Enjoy the experience! Familiarize yourself with the online environment and what it has to offer the adult learner.

This page was last updated Friday, August 30, 2013.