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Master LoudCloud: Campus Edition

Start your semester off right by mastering how to use your LoudCloud classroom. Tech Support has some awesome resources to help freshman and new GCU students learn the ins and out of GCU’s learning management system. So mark your calendars and plan to attend one of these training sessions either in person or in an interactive webinar.

LoudCloud Welcom Week

 

Or sign up for one of the Campus Edition webinars from the links below:

Mon, Aug 25, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST

Mon, Aug 25, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM MST

Tue, Aug 26, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST

Tue, Aug 26, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM MST

Wed, Aug 27, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST

Wed, Aug 27, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM MST

Thu, Aug 28, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST

Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST

And be sure to check back here on the blog as we walk day-by-day through the first week classroom tasks starting on August 31st.

Save all LoudCloud files by July 23!

In order to improve the LoudCloud experience and capacity of our servers, we will be archiving lc.gcu.edu. This site will no longer be available to students to access after July 24, 2014. We encourage you to visit your previous courses on lc.gcu.edu no later than Wednesday, July 23 to access and save any course materials and assignments you may wish to keep on file. You may also download and save your eBook to your personal computer for future access if you wish to do so.

Please be aware that in compliance with GCU’s Learning Management System Availability policy that students are not guaranteed access to courses for more than five (5) weeks following the course end date. We encourage you to keep copies of all files uploaded to your online classrooms and save any course materials and eBooks to a personal computer prior to the end of each course.

Thank you for your understanding.

GCU Bookstore Maintenance Notice

Attention Student and Faculty,

Please be aware that GCU’s online bookstore, eFollett.com, will be unavailable from 7:00 p.m. (CST) Friday, June 13, to 10:00 p.m. (CST) Sunday, June 15 while important upgrades are made to the systems. The Campus Bookstore will still be available and in-stock textbooks can be purchased there. This maintenance only affects students needing to order or rent textbooks from eFollett.com that are not available in an eBook format in your classroom and faculty utilizing the Faculty Online Adoption tool.

We appreciate your patience while eFollett makes these important updates to their system.

Maintenance Scheduled for GCU Student Sites

Attention students!

Several of our student websites and applications will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Saturday, May 24th from 12am – 2am MST. We understand that this is inconvenient for some of you, and we do apologize. Every website needs a little fine tuning from time to time and we scheduled it to occur when the least amount of you are online slaving over your schoolwork.

The following website will be unavailable during the scheduled maintenance:

  • LoudCloud Campus Edition (Ground)
  • Student Portal
  • Graduation Application
  • Student Teaching Application
  • eBooks
  • GCU Media
  • Life Long Learning Application

Be sure to download and save your eBook to your computer and watch any classroom videos or media you might need to complete assignments before the maintenance begins.

During the maintenance, online and graduate students can access your LoudCloud classes directly:

  • If you started a LoudCloud Graduate class after April 10th, 2014. Click Here
  • For all other LoudCloud Graduate classes, Click Here
  • For LoudCloud Undergraduate classes, Click Here

Thanks for your patience while we make these important updates to our GCU systems!

 

Maintenance Scheduled for LoudCloud Undergraduate Site

Attention undergraduate students!

The LoudCloud Undergraduate website will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, April 16th from 1am – 4am MST and Thursday, April 17th from 1am – 4am. Please note that this maintenance does not affect Graduate or Ground students. We understand that this is inconvenient for some of you, and we do apologize. Every website needs a little fine tuning from time to time and we scheduled it to occur when the least amount of you are online slaving over your schoolwork.

Be sure to download and save your eBook to your computer and copy any details you might need from your syllabus or readings before the maintenance begins. If you did plan to do schoolwork during this maintenance window, you can work on your discussion questions by typing them up in Word to copy into your classroom later or complete your reading or assignment for the week.

Thanks for your patience while we make these important updates to LoudCloud!

Graduate Courses Begin Migration to LoudCloud Grad2 Environment

Please be aware that beginning March 20, 2014 we will begin migrating Graduate classes to their own LoudCloud environment. This change will not affect the look of your LoudCloud classroom; the new environment improves the balancing of the load across our servers.

As we migrate courses over to the new Grad2 environment, check back here for a complete list of courses which will be located on Grad2.

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We Need Your LoudCloud Feedback!

Grand Canyon University would like to invite you to our gorgeous campus for a feedback session about the LoudCloud platform. We want to know if you enjoy using LoudCloud, if you find it easy to use and if there is any way we can improve the platform. You don’t need to bring anything with you – just your ideas!

LoudCloud Feedback Session
Monday, March 24
6 – 7 p.m.
Roadrunner Conference Room in the Student Union

Win a Starbucks Gift Card!
We’ll have a drawing for those in attendance,
and five winners will receive a Starbucks gift card.

If you have questions or would like to register for this feedback session, please email DL-LMS-Operations@gcu.edu

Day in the Life of an Online Student: Day 3 in LoudCloud

Are you a brand new online student? Then this week’s series on the LoudCloud blog is for YOU! We’re chronicling the Day in the Life of an Online Student and highlighting what you should do each day of your class. If you missed Day 1 or Day 2, check them out. Let’s take a look at Day 3.

It’s Day 3 and that means your first discussion question is due. If you haven’t found your discussion forum yet, the easiest way to access it is right from your course homepage. Your discussion questions appear right on your calendar. You can also navigate to the ‘Tasks’ tab and then click on Forums, but one-click access from the calendar really is the way to go.

You might notice that some of your classmates have already responded. That’s okay. First, click the ‘Reply’ link just below the discussion question. The text box editor opens and this is where you’ll type up your response. You have options to bold, underline, italicize or even change the font size and color. Just be sure that if you do change the font or font color, you choose ones that are easy to read. You can also upload a file or perhaps a picture. If you’re not quite ready to post, you can always save your post as a draft. This gives you the option to edit it before you post it for your instructor and classmates to see. Once you have completed your reply, click ‘Post Reply’.

You can delete your own posts (take a look at how to delete posts here), except if:

  • Your post has already been graded by your instructor;
  • You replied to your instructor or a classmate and your instructor has marked your post as substantive; or
  • Your instructor or a classmate has replied to your post.

Be sure to also reply to some of your classmates posts. Replies are threaded, meaning replies are slightly indented to show the flow of the conversation. Just click on each post to read it and in the same way you replied to the initial discussion question, click the ‘Reply’ link to open the text editor.

You might have noticed the various icons like the thumbs up, flag, or graduation cap next to posts. Each of those icons does have a meaning and you can check out our icon guide to learn more about them here.

If you’re in the grove, you can go ahead an answer the other discussion question, which is due on Day 5. You can also get started on your weekly assignment. We’ll take a more in-depth look at how to submit assignments later in the week, so be sure to check back!

Day in the Life of an Online Student: Day 2 in LoudCloud

Are you a brand new online student? Then this week’s series on the LoudCloud blog is for YOU! We’re chronicling the Day in the Life of an Online Student and highlighting what you should do each day of your class. If you missed Day 1, check it out here. Let’s get on with Day 2.

Day 2 is about preparing for the week ahead. You’ll want to navigate to the ‘Resource’ tab and select ‘Course Materials’. Here you’ll find the lecture, your eBook, and any additional electronic resources that you’ll need to read in order to effectively participate in your discussion questions and complete your assignment.

LoudCloud Lecture Annotations

Just click on the link to your lecture, eBook, or electronic resources to load them right in LoudCloud. You can even highlight, make notations, and notate relevant web links right on your LoudCloud lectures! It’s a really handy tool to help you prepare for answering your weekly discussion questions, writing your paper, and especially when preparing for a quiz. Check out our full guide to using the interactive LoudCloud lectures here. If you want, you can print your lectures and you’ll find instructions on how to do that here.

Be sure to head over to your discussion forum or to your syllabus to find out what the week’s discussion questions are. This will help you to notate important parts of the lecture and prepare for class discussion. You can, of course, get started on your discussion questions. We’ll take a more in-depth look at the discussion forums tomorrow, so be sure to check back for Day 3!