Scavenger Hunt Worksheet

Assignment Background:
The point of this assignment is to get you to search and become familiar with the GCU Learning Management System (LMS) LoudCloud and the GCU web site. These two sites have many resources to help you be a successful student.


Assignment Instructions:
Answer the following questions that require you to search the LoudCloud classroom and GCU web site. Feel free to search around the sites until you find the things you are looking for.
LoudCloud Questions
1.After logging into the LoudCloud classroom, list the tabs and other items on the screen when you first enter a course in LoudCloud.

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Well there are a lot of things showing on the page such as; the monthly or weekly calendar, name of the class, days of the week?s showing the days assignments and DQs are due. In the tab area at the top is the calendar, tasks, resources, connect, reports and announcements. With the expectation of the calendar and announcements tab the other four have a drop down with other items. At the bottom of the page there are four blocks which include forums, assignments, announcements, and performance. Under performance also is the grade book. Each one of these keep us updated on information about our progress and information from the instructor.


2.From the course home page in LoudCloud, click on the ?Tasks? tab and then click on ?Forums?. Make notes on the various forums and their purposes.
In the forums tab there is three forums. The first one listed is Main Forum which is the forum where the DQs are answered and where our participation is graded to responses to our classmates. The second one listed is Individual Forum. This is where if we need to ask the instructor questions privately we would submit our question here. The last forum is Questions to Instructor Forum, this is where we as the instructor questions relating to assignments that are seen by our classmates, who might be having the same problems.


3.Under the Resources Tab in LoudCloud, inside the Student Success Center, click on the Writing Center link. What writing style is required for most 500-level courses at GCU?
If I am looking at this correctly 300 to 900 Level Courses (APA 6th Edition Style).


4.Under the Resources Tab in LoudCloud, inside the Student Success Center, click on the Resources tab at the top. List the resources available under this tab.

Center for Learning and Advancement (CLA)
Book a Tutor
Library
Library ? Webinars
Tech Support ? Webinars
Tutorial Videos
Other links: Microsoft Tutorials (non-GCU)
5.Under the Resources Tab in LoudCloud, inside the Student Success Center, click on the Tools for Success tab at the top. What videos are available for students under the Success Webinars section?
Effective Note Taking, Reading Strategies, Study Skills, Test Taking, and Time Management.


6.From the course home page in LoudCloud, click the Reports tab at the top of the screen. List the contents of this tab and what they allow students to do.

The first one is the grade book. This allows the student to keep track of their grades starting from week 1 through week 7. It also shows cumulative points and grade to date. The second thing listed is reports. When you open it an area comes up called My Dashboard. There are six areas that keep track of your activity during the course.


7.Click on the Resources Tab in the LoudCloud classroom. List each section. Review each section and list what you find in it.


Course Material ? We can find all the information about the course we are currently taking. There are Lecture notes, textbook, electronic resource, and other. Each one list the materials needed for the week you are in.

Syllabus ? Gives the objectives of the week class, topic materials and any additional resources to read or do for class. There also is the gradable item which lists the assignments and downloads of any worksheets required to be done for the assignments. It also tells you how much each assignment is worth.


Classroom Policies ? This is like the hand book of what is expected from the students while a student at GCU. It explains about Attendance, Discussion Questions and Participation, Doctoral Substantive Participation Posts, Late Policy, Assignment Submission, and Faculty Commitment. This page allows a student to refer back to GCU?s policies if there are any questions the students? needs to be refreshed on.


Student Success Center ? This page I refer to as the tool page. Here you can find different types of help for many different areas. The tabs across the top are classroom policies, colleges, Tools for Success, The Writing Center, Resources, and First Year experience.

Midway down the page there is a link for Center for Learning and Advancement (CLA). This is for anyone who may need extra help. You can use a tutor for help; you must first make an appointment for the tutors. At the bottom there are three links that you can access for extra help in Grammar, Math and Technology. Each link provides a syllabus, module, resources and quizzes to better understand the subject you have choose for help.

Library ? In the library you will find Library Research & Resource links. They is Find Books & More, Find Journal Articles, Refworks & EndNote Web and InterLibrary Loans. On the right side there is contact information where you can ask a librarian with phone numbers and hours listed. There is also a holiday schedule provided showing the dates they are closed. On the left side at the bottom is a section called GCU Library. Gives information and links to things happening.


Tutoring Services ? Services provided here are; Book a Tutor, Student Success Webinars, Tutorials, Writing Center, Math Labs and Turnitin links. At the bottom you can meet the CLA Team and get to know who will be providing you the help. Also is the Thinking Storm. If there are no tutor?s available students may use the ThinkingStorm tutoring service. This service is free for up to 10 hours per year. After the ten hours it will cost to use the service. I would be best to use the CLA free tutoring services by booking an appointment.


8.Click on the Course Home link the left-hand corner of the screen. List some of the components found on this page.


After submitting a question to you on Saturday with the holiday I did not receive an answer back. I was unsure of where the home link was and not sure if I was to be in Loud Cloud or on the website. So after reviewing previous answers it seems I already answered a question to the information located on Loud Cloud. So I decided to go to the page after the login, which is titled Find Your Purpose My Home Page and give you information on this page. On the top of the page there is a View my Grades tab and under that is an information bar that shows Holds, Alerts, and Appointments. Under that tab there is a section called Announcements giving information about GCU news. Directly under that is a tab referred to as Learning Resources. There are two links one for The Center for Learning & Advancement and Thinking Storm Online Tutoring. The next three sections are Graduation RSVP, Student Survey and Doc Center. Under the Doc Center it will show documents that still need to be finished and the date they are due. The last area is My Courses. This section list Current Course and Upcoming Courses and the total number of classes in the order of the next upcoming class with the start date of each. At the top right hand corner is a calendar and on the left side is a quick link section to go directly to Campus Info, Academics, My Profile, My Finances, My Financial Aid, My Documents, Quick Links and Student Discounts.


9.Go to http://library.gcu.edu. Click on the Frequently Asked Questions (on the left) link. List how a GCU student finds a Book, DVD, streaming video, or other multimedia at the GCU library:
To find any of the items listed you first click on ?Find Books & More?. For books in the search tab you type what you are looking for and then hit search. There is an area you can search for a specific book or dvd, or video. On the left hand side of the screen the results will be posted. Once you find the item click on it and it will open for viewing.


GCU Web site Questions (http://www.gcu.edu)
1.Locate and click the Spiritual Life link on the right side of the screen. You will notice a navigation pane on the left side of the screen. Click the ?+? sign next to Chapel and the Gathering. What information is listed under Chapel and the Gathering?
Watch Prior Services
2. On the Home page, locate and click the Current Students button on the right side of the screen. Scroll down the page. What links are listed under the Learning Resources section?
Classroom & CommunityResearch & Tutorials
Loud CloudLibrary
Canyon Connect Tech Support
Doctoral Community NetworkCenter for Learning &
Advancement
Tutorial Videos
3.On the Home page, locate and click on the Resources tab at the top of the screen. Click the Technical Support link listed under the Support Services section. What information can be found under Technical Support?
Some of the resources found on the page are; Student success webinars, tutorials, FAQ?s, turnitin, task stream, and tech requirements. On the right side there is a link for live chat with tech support with the hour the representatives are available. There is also a Manage your password as well as comment on our service tab. On the right there is an iTunes link and a software discount link. Toward the bottom there is a link to connect with tech support showing Facebook and twitter and in the center contact information, with the hours and phone numbers. The last thing on the right is a twitter feed. At the very bottom is quick links to all areas of GCU such as; About GCU Colleges, Student Life, academics, student and faculty resources, admissions and learning options.


4.On the Home page, click on the Contact Us tab which is located just above the home page footer. This is where you can locate phone numbers and addresses of the colleges, the main GCU switchboard, and the Student Services offices. List the phone numbers of the following departments located in the Student Contact Information section:
?Career Services- 1-602-639-6606
?Center for Learning Advancement- 1-602-639-8901
?Academic Advising- 1-800-800-9776
?Finance Counselors- 1-800-800-9776
?Office of Academic Records- 1800-800-9776
?Technical Support- 1-877-428-8447
5.On the Home page, notice the icons on the top right header area. What are the other icons
listed next to the? ? for the GCU Facebook page?
Twitter, You tube, Grand Canyon University, Google+ and GCU blogs.


6.On the Home page, click the About Us tab located at the top. What is the vision and mission statement for Grand Canyon University?
Vision
Grand Canyon University is a premier Christian university educating people to lead and serve.

Mission
Grand Canyon University prepares learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers,effective communicators, and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.

The curriculum at GCU is designed to prepare students with the skills and knowledge needed in the contemporary job market. Students are challenged to develop these tools and to push their intellectual limits in order to become successful in their careers.

In addition, the curriculum fosters personal discovery so that students realize within themselves the elements of compassion and accountability. A uniquely important element of the GCU mission statement is the defining attribute of its Christian heritage. The GCU community defines its culture by the way its members reflect a committed relationship with Christ and creates the GCU experience in a manner that reflects His teachings to support students and graduates through a successful life journey.

These normative Christian values are integral to the development, maturity, and education of ethical and morally respectable citizens who continue on the path of life-long learning. Each element or objective of the GCU mission statement is uniquely addressed in the GCU curriculum and by the GCU culture, which shapes a rich learning environment from which students graduate with professional and life skills.
When learners graduate from GCU, our expectation is that they will be global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders.
The above Vision and Mission Statement was taken directly from GCU website.


7.Also under the About Us tab, locate the four pillars of Grand Canyon University.
Academic Advancement
Christian Camaraderie
Extracurricular Excellence
Wellness & Well-Being
8.Navigate from the About Us tab to the Academics tab. Read about Accreditation near the bottom of the page. What did you learn?
I learned that GCU has the highest quality for higher education since 1968 and continues to hold to the standards of the Regional accreditation in higher education. GCU continues to improve its programs and the quality of education and life for the students.


9.Navigate from the Academics tab to the Student Life tab. Scroll down the page to locate and click on Bookstore. Click the Online Bookstores link and then through to the Grand Canyon Online Students section. What sort of materials can a student purchase from this site?
BooksTechnology
Textbooks & Course MaterialsSoftware
Health Science Partner SiteTechnology Partner Sites
Digital General BooksApple
Dell College Store
Information HP Computer Shop

Text Rental
Digital Course Materials
Cash for Books
Online Adoptions
GCU Apparel and Gifts

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