Getting started on SOL

Introduction

Navigation and structure

SOL has been structured to allow you to navigate easily between your units and courses. It consists of course and unit pages (and possibly other course/programme resource pages, set up by your course team).

Course pages are spaces where general course information can be displayed. This can include course structures, course meeting notes, news relating to exam timetables, assessment guidelines and a space for communication between all students and staff involved in a particular course. This page is populated by your course team.

Unit pages are spaces for tutors and students to access and post any information about that particular unit, so the information and resources are more specific and tailored. You will also find your unit descriptor, your unit team under key contacts and assessment information under the Assessment tab. These pages are populated by your course team.


Home page

Your home page consists of a central panel where you can access your course page, units and other resources. The simplest view is to use the tab called Courses.  There are then three further tabs: In progress, Future and Past.  You will find any current course page/units/resources under the In progress tab, any units that are dated in the future (but within 30 days of the start date) will be under the Future tab and old units will be under the Past tab.

Home page


Site layout

Sites on SOL consist of a 'central area' which contains learning materials along with 'blocks' on the left hand side (and sometimes the right).  In the central area, clicking on the links take you to various learning materials and resources. 

The 'blocks' that you see will depend on how your lecturer has set out the unit. Some of the main blocks include Activities, Quickmail, Lecture capture, Key Contacts, etc.

If you don't see these blocks then you may have clicked the 'Toggle fullscreen content mode'.  Click again to see the whole page and not just the content.

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Navigating around SOL

Use the breadcrumb trail just underneath the banner to navigate around the site. Clicking Home will return you to your SOL front page.

Breadcrumb trail