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FSI VIRTUAL CAMPUS LEARNING GUIDE

Welcome to the FSI Virtual Campus. FSI Virtual Campus is a learning platform for imparting on-line training. It is a web centric system which provides a stimulating and easy to use environment for online learning with a high element of interactivity.

1.  Brief descriptions of the important Modules of FSI Virtual Campus

1.    Learning Centre

2.    Discussion Forum

3.    Lecture Module

4.    Search

5.    Help Desk

6.    Annotations Module

7.    Calendar & E-bulletin

        1.1  Learning Centre

This is one of the most important of the Website. This is a entry point for Participants, Module Coordinators & Administrators. When a participant enters to the learning center through his/her login id, he/she will be presented with a menu consisting of lectures, references and other necessary material. The online lectures are accessible via the learning Centre of FSI Virtual Campus.

        1.2  Discussion Forum

This module is visible to all the participants. This module allows participants to post their questions which can be replied by any other participant/module coordinator/administrator.

        1.3  Lecture Module

The Module, Topic and Lecture tree Hierarchy allows the participants to navigate to the desired lecture. Once the lecture is chosen, the participant can add annotations or give responses to the existing annotations.

        1.4  Search

FSI – Virtual Campus has provided the option of searching any content through the Web search menu item.

        1.5  Help Desk

This module provides online help to the users. It provides guidance to the Users of FSI Virtual Campus website to access web site efficiently.  

        1.6  Annotations

This module facilitates participants to post comments against any selected part of the text. The unit of selection could be a single word, a line, multiple lines or paragraph. It also allows the participants to see the comments given by the fellow participants.

        1.7  Calendar & E-bulletin

The calendar link provides the up-to-date schedule of academic activities whereas E-Bulletin will keep on scrolling new announcements.

2.  Getting Started
     You require the followings to access the FSI Virtual Campus:

1.   Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or higher

2.   Microsoft Windows Operating System (2000 Professional/XP)

3.   Internet Connectivity

4.   User name and password to be provided by the Administrator

2.1  Connecting to Home Page

To connect to FSI Virtual Campus Home Page, open an Internet Explorer window and type http://fsi-mea.nic.in into the Address field.

The Home page is now open.

2.2  Search

This link will help you to find out detailed information about any topic through the web.

Type a search string say “diplomacy” and click on Go button:

3.   Learning Center      

This is the main module of the Virtual Campus website. The participants will be doing most of the academic activities through this module. It provides support for Group Discussion, Chat Sessions, and Annotations.

Enter the login id and password provided by Administrator to enter into the FSI Learning Center.

The available lecture modules (substantive & orientation module) are displayed. By clicking on the module name, the topics and the corresponding lectures are displayed. The participants can have the following options on the screen:

      1. Adding/Creating an annotation

      2. Giving response to an existing annotation

      3. Print the lecture

      4. Adding/Creating a Link

      5. Deleting an Annotation

Adding an Annotation: Text Selection
User needs to select some text (word/lines/single paragraph/multiple paragraphs) Let us say user selects “PPP” (as shown below).

Creating annotation and Adding Comments: In order to create annotation for the same, please click on “Create Annotation” button shown on the previous screen. The following window opens up for adding a topic and comment for the selected text:

Please enter topic, add some comment and click on save button for saving the annotation. The newly created annotation is shown in the following screen. The participant can cancel the operation by clicking on “Cancel” button.

Annotation: Singe line/multiple Annotations

Overlapping of annotations: This feature is not permitted.

Overlapping of hyperlink: Selection of a text for creating annotation having hyperlink is also not permitted.  

Giving response to an existing annotation-The participant can add response to the annotations created earlier. The text with yellow background shows that the text is an annotated text. On clicking the annotated text, the response window opens up. The participant can see the comments and add the response accordingly. The participant can add response as shown below:

Saving of Response – To save the response, the participant should click on save button. Next time if the same or another participant clicks on this text, the added response along with the comment is displayed as shown below:

Another response can also be added in the same way. 

Print the lecture -Click on graphical “print” button shown in the following screen to get the print of the lecture.

Creating/Adding a Link

There is a provision to add a link to the selected text.

In order to create link for the same, click on “Create Link” button shown on the previous screen. The following window opens up for adding a topic and link for the selected text:

The participant should enter url address for link and clicks on save button for saving the link.

The newly created link is shown in the following screen. The participant can cancel the operation by clicking on “Cancel” button.

Next time if the same or another participant clicks on this text, the added link is displayed as shown below:

      Click on the text written after link. The url associated with that url is opened.

Deleting an Annotation

      Participant who have created the annotation can also delete the annotation.

      To delete the annotation, click on the Annotation.

      Click on delete button to delete the annotation. Annotation will be deleted.

4.      Discussion Forum

Click on Discussion Forum for entering the Discussion Mode. Discussion forum provides the facility to discuss related topics, but it is not directly linked to the text as in annotation. Within a discussion topic, participants can raise and respond to various issues or questions.

You can select your area of discussion from the Forum Type field (technical, general or lecture related).

To post a message for discussion, click on Post Message link. You will be provided with a form to fill the information.

Write the topic of the discussion in the topic field and type message in the Message field. Then click on Submit link to post the message.

To view the message posted by any other user, choose the type of forum and click on the topic of the messages displayed.

To reply a message, view the message and in the form given below the message, type topic and message. Then click on Reply.

      Sign out –User clicks on “Sign Out ” menu item to return to the Home Page for logging in again.