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Orientation to Online Courses

ADST: Orientation to Online Courses

Note: This module was formerly titled "Skills for Online Success." Students who previously completed “Skills for Online Success” are not eligible to complete “Orientation to Online Courses,” as it is the same course with a different title.

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Course Overview

This ADST Module introduces students to many of the tools they will need to use to be successful in HCOS online courses. Topics covered include Brightspace, Zoom, email, file management, screenshots, screen recording, online communication guidelines, scanning and digitizing documents, presentation programs, recording video presentations, and more. This module culminates in a final presentation.

Time Commitment

This module satisfies ⅓ of the ADST requirements for students in grades 6-9. There are 17 lessons which take between 15-45 minutes. Many of the lessons are short and practical, introducing skills that students will practice and further develop in their future studies. Most of the lessons end with review questions or a short assignment. The final project may take several hours to complete.

This module can be taken at any point in grades 5-9, which is why you will see it offered at each grade level, but please note it is the same module offered at each grade, so it can only be taken once.

Tools Required

  • Computer with webcam and microphone
  • Digital Camera
  • Scanner or smartphone for uploading content.

Major Units and Topics

Google Workspace (Drive, Docs, Slides), Email, Brightspace, Zoom, File Management, Screenshots, Screen Capturing, Digitizing Your Work, Cameras & Scanners, Recording Yourself, and Digital Presentations.