How to Use This Course


How to Use This Course

The following information is provided to help you navigate and get the most out of this course.

Before you begin, make sure you have the following software installed on your computer so you can view all the components in the course:

  • Browser
    • Firefox 2.x, 3.x
    • Internet Explorer 6.x, 7.x
    • Safari 3.x, 4.x
  • Adobe Flash plug-in
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

Note that all this software is available for download at no charge.

Note: For links to sites where you can download the software, click the Help link at the top-right of this window.

On the first page of the course, click the Start Course button to begin the course. When you return to the course again, you can either click this button again to start over at Topic 1 or you can click the title of any other topic in the list on the right to go directly to it.


From the first page and every other page in the course, you can also click links in the top-right corner to display the following pages:

  • Resources page – A list of links to all the resources provided in the course. To view some of the resources, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. For information on installing this free software, click the Help link in the top-right corner of any page.
  • Help page – Information on and links to the software you need to install on your computer to view the various components in the course.

When you open a topic in the course, you see a page like this one:

Topic Page

A list of the topics in the course appears along the left-hand side of each page. To go to another topic, click its title.

To move to the previous or next page in the course, click the Back or Continue button, respectively. Alternatively, click one of the number buttons to the far right of the page title to move ahead or behind by one or more pages.

Note: Because the course does not “remember” where you are when you leave it, make a note to yourself of the lesson number, topic number, and page number (such as 2-4 for Topic 2, Page 4) so you can go back to the same page when you return.

You can always return to the first page of the course by clicking Home in the row beneath the logos in the top-left of the window.

On some pages in the course, you will see the an image on the right-hand side of the window, such as this one:

Play Movie

Before you click the image to start the exercise, review the instructions on the left. Then, click the image to open a new window in your browser. Follow the additional instructions on the screen to complete the quiz. In most cases, you will be able to review the correct answers after you submit your own.

You can use the player controls at the bottom of the window to restart the activity, move back one page, or move ahead one page.

Play Bar

When you are done watching the movie, click Close and return to topic to go back to the course.