Tip of the day


Tip of the day

This is where you will find useful tips on how to use NorthNet.



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Chromebooks

Can’t open a Rich Text Format (.rtf) file on your Chromebook because “This file type is not supported”? Download an extension!

  • Click Launcher:  then click on All Apps, then click on Chrome Web Store
  • Make a search for “RTF”
  • Under Extensions heading, find “RTF Viewer” by Tom Zohner and click “Add to Chrome”
  • A pop-up window appears. Click “Add extension”
  • You will now be able to open and edit Rich Text Format files in your browser

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Editor

If you cannot see the editing controls when using the text input box in NorthNet you will need to change your profile setting as below

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Etiquette

This quirky YouTube video from Network Etiquette gives you some quick but pertinent online communication rules.  

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Find what you need

You can dip into this NorthNet course whenever you like. Do as much or as little as you like. It has heaps of good stuff on information literacy to help you find the right learning resources for your research.

You can access the 'Find what you need' course any time from the Library drop down menu.

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Have a technical question about NorthNet?

We'll do our best to solve it. If you are having difficulties with getting this technology to work for you, need assistance with web browsers or anything to do with using NorthNet then ask us.

We would also very much like to hear about any bugs or glitches you find in the system, and also any feedback on usability, font sizes or colours.

Click on the 'Add a new discussion topic' in the forum  Have a technical question about NorthNet?

How to enter a course

If your tutor has enrolled you in your course, the course name will be displayed in the My courses dropdown list in the "Navigation" block on any page.

  1. Login to NorthNet.
  2. Click the My courses dropdown list in the "Navigation" block
  3. Click the course name.

How to enter a course using an Enrolment Key

If your tutor has not enrolled you in your course, and has provided you with an enrolment key, you are required to enrol yourself in your course.

  1. Navigate to the course by clicking the required Course Category.
    Note: if you are already logged in, you will need to click the All courses... link at the bottom of the "My courses" block.
  2. Click the course name from the list displayed.
  3. Login to NorthNet.
  4. Enter the Enrolment Key (provided by your tutor) in the appropriate box and the click Enrol me button.

Also check out the NorthNet Student Help.

How to log in to NorthNet

  1. Enter your NorthTec Username (this will be either your student ID or your staff name) and Password in the Login area on the main page.
  2. Click the Login button.
  3. When you have successfully logged in you will see "You are logged in as your username (Logout)" displayed in the top right hand corner of the screen.

Note: The Login block will not appear on the main site page if you are already logged in.

How to Logout of NorthNet

  1. Click the Logout link at the top right of any page.

Logout alternative:

  1. Click the Logout link at the bottom middle of any page.

Also check out the NorthNet Student Help.

How to update your profile

Your profile contains your personal information. Some detail is only available to your tutor and you can choose to show or hide your email address.

  1. Click the My profile link in the "Navigation" block.
  2. Click the View profile link in the dropdown list.
  3. Click the Edit profile link in the "Settings" block.
  4. Edit the relevant details as required. Required information is indicated with a red * (star).
  5. Click the Update profile button at the bottom of the page (scroll down).

Update your profile alternative:

  1. Click on your username in the top right hand corner of the page.
  2. Click the Edit profile link in the "Settings" block.
  3. Edit the relevant details as required. Required information is indicated with a red * (star).
  4. Click the Update profile button at the bottom of the page (scroll down).

Also check out the NorthNet Student Help.

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Instant Messaging

Remember to close any open NorthNet messaging windows when you are finished with them. If you they are still open and you leave your computer on they still interact with the NorthNet web server every few seconds. This can overload the server when there are a lot of users on.

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Lynda.com

As a NorthTec student you now have access to lynda.com.

Lynda.com provides you with online training that will help you learn business, software, technology and creative skills to support you in the achievement of your personal and qualification goals.   Log in using the instructions provided here to access the extensive video library of engaging, top-quality courses.   

To get the most out of Lynda.com click on the ‘how to use Lynda.com’ link below to learn how to maximise your learning.

 

http://www.lynda.com/Business-tutorials/How-use-lyndacom/77683-2.html

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Messaging

The NorthNet messaging system and what it sends to you via email can be easily customised.

In the 'Settings' block on the left-hand side of most NorthNet pages is section for 'My profile settings'. Click on the 'Messaging' link in there.

My profile settings

You will see a listing of the NorthNet messaging settings that you can change to suit your need.

Messaging options

Messaging Block

To add a messaging block to your 'My home' page, navigate to your 'My home' page.

Click on the 'Customise this page' button as shown below.

Pull down on the 'Add' in the 'Add a block' block.

Select the messages block

Click on the 'Stop ciustomising this page button.

You can also use the 'Customise this page' feature to re-arrange the courses and blocks on your 'My home' page.

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Pasting text

New in Moodle 2 are the two text editor icons for pasting text. If you have copied text from MS Word, use the 'Paste from Word' icon "Paste MSWord icon" to paste without risk of pasting all of the special Word formatting code.

Popup blockers

We suggest you always enable popups for NorthNet - a lot of the NorthNet functionality is lost with popups disabled.

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Searching for a course

If you need to find a course in order to self-enrol in it, but do now know what category it is in there is a simple solution.

Go to the All courses... link in the Main menu on the home page. This lists all of the course categories in NorthNet. At the bottom of this page there is a search courses text box that looks like the below. Enter a small part of your course name in it, and hit go.

Search courses:

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TurnItIn Assignments

In some of your courses your tutor will require you to submit assignments that will be checked for plagiarism via TurnItIn. The following guidelines will help.

  1. Prepare your assignment as instructed by your tutor, you will mostly like be asked to prepare a Microsoft Word document. Save this document on your computer (and remember to keep backups!)

  2. We recommend NOT using Internet Explorer. Use Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox as your web browser when using the assignment tool. Internet Explorer will often not display the page properly, and does not display all the buttons you need!
  3. When you are ready to submit your assignment, go into your course in NorthNet and click on the assignment link. It will have the TurnItIn logo. turnitin logo

  4. Your assignemt screen will look something like this. I have blurred out the instructions for this assignment, but normally you will see the instructions as written by your tutor.
    TurnItIn submission area

  5. The Start Date is when submissions open, the Due Date is when submissions close and the Post Date is when your marks will become available to you online.
  6. Click on the Submit Paper icon submission icon

  7. If this is your first submission for a TurnItIn assignment type you will need to accept the terms and conditions which open in a 'popup window'. Ensure that you have enabled popups. Some web browsers let you enable popups for a particular web site only. Search Google if you are unsure how to enable popups for your web browser.
  8. Give your assignment a title and click on the Add file button button to select and upload your assignment document.
    file upload
  9. When you click the 'Add Submssion' button you will see this screen indicating the upload is in progress.
    uploading

  10. After the upload is complete you will receive a digital receipt for your assignment submission.
  11. Within a few minutes your assignment will show your similarity percentage and a link to see a review (if your tutor has enabled this function)
    Assignment review
  12. Clicking on the colour bar next to the similarity percentage will open a review page (again, only if your tutor allows this). Also, if you tutor has entered comments on your assignment you will find them here.
  13. After making changes to your assignment you may resubmit it, but note that a re-submission will will not show the similarity percentage and report until 24 hours have passed from the time of the second or subsequent submission

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