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First Look Classroom:
An Introduction to the
Atlantic University Online Experience
Welcome to the First Look Classroom!
In this instructional classroom, new and prospective students can discover more about online learning at Atlantic University. Moodle classrooms contain weekly written and/or video lessons, as well as course syllabi and schedules. Students submit assignments via their online classrooms and interact with faculty and other students through discussion forums. In this First Look Classroom you will be guided through a typical Atlantic University classroom.
Moodle is a Learning Management System that is used by 70 million people worldwide. It is designed to provide educators and learners with an integrated system to create a personalized learning environment. Using the First Look Classroom will not only give you the tools to manage your online studies, but you will also find other valuable resources needed to support you throughout your program. To get the most out of this resource, be sure to watch the informational videos, click through the modules, and read about the University’s policies. If you have any questions, please contact the Atlantic University Administrative Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-428-1512.
Thank you for participating in the First Look Classroom.
Before you get started
Check to be sure your computer and internet meet the minimum requirements to use Moodle.
Below is a link to a website where you can test your upload and download speeds. Don't despair if your computer doesn't make the grade. As you will see by the illustration below, you can still log on and have a decent experience if your computer comes up to the minimum requirements. Remember to write down your speeds if they are not 1.5 megabytes per second (mbps) or higher.
But first — to test the speed of your computer click here.
If your computer upload and download speeds were less than 1.5mpbs, please take a look at the illustration below. It lists the minimum upload and download speeds for a good experience. kbps means "kilobytes per second". Those are speeds slower than "megabytes per second".
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You can see that the minimum download is about three-quarters of a megabyte, and the minimum upload is about one third of a megabyte.
If you have slower speeds than the minimums but you are able to see the videos in this classroom, then you will probably be okay.
How to watch videos
Clicking on the image below will take you to YouTube to watch a video that will explain the best way to watch the videos in this and all Atlantic University Moodle courses.
NOTE: Some videos do not allow you to go full screen in Moodle. To watch full screen open the video in YouTube, as shown.
Some classrooms may provide just a text link to videos, . In this case, you simply click on the link and it will take you directly to the video online, which is usually YouTube, but may not be.
If you are viewing this classroom as a guest (you didn't log in or you don't have a Moodle account) then some parts of the classroom may not be visible to you. This is normal. Once you set up an account all parts of the classroom will be visible, it is advisable to come back and review it again before you begin your first course.