- Mission & Goals
- CIRTL Core Ideas
- Learning Outcomes
- CIRTL Network Institutions
- National Advisory Board
- Network Leaders
- News & Events
- CIRTL Café
- Chat Online
- Coffee Hour
- CIRTL Online Conference Room
- CIRTL Mailing List Sign-up
- Online Learning Communities
- RSS Feeds & Blogs
- Course Guidebooks
- Diversity Resources
- TAR Projects
- CIRTL Forums
This page provides links to help files on using the CIRTL website. If you have any additional questions, please Contact Us.
To get an overview of the important features of the CIRTL website, we suggest you start here. This is a great tutorial for both new and existing users of the CIRTL website.
Profiles and Account Settings
It is important to fill out your personal profile as completely as possible when you begin using the site. This allows other site users to see your professional affiliations and interests. They can also add you to their buddy lists and read your blog by visiting your profile.
Your account settings control whether or not you receive the CIRTL newsletter, what kinds of e-mail you get from the CIRTL Café, and your basic account information.
Each registered user of the CIRTL Café has an individual blog. Blogs are made up of individual posts that are time-stamped and are typically viewed by date (from most recent to least recent). Creating a blog entry creates a single post in your blog. You may attach files and images to your posts.
If you are working on a collaborative project with others within CIRTL, you can share images with your colleagues. The site currently accepts images which will fit within the width of the central column.
There is also an option for creating one-question polls for other site users. This feature will be useful if you are looking for feedback or finding out the preferences of a team with which you are collaborating.
A Page is a static content web page. Pages should be used to post content that you do not anticipate changing regularly. While other Café users can comment on your pages, a page will not typically be used as a platform for dynamic discussion.
Organizing an Online CIRTL Course or Workshop
The CIRTL Portal Team makes the following recommendations on announcing / recruiting and organizing an online CIRTL course, workshop or event that uses some form of technology. Cross-network courses have great promise to meet CIRTL goals, but can be challenging to manage in terms of technology.
Click here to learn more about organizing an online CIRTL course or workshop.