University of Phoenix Online Forum User Manual

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University of Phoenix Online Forum
User Manual

English 221: Technical Writing Fundamentals

Introduction| 3|
The Main Forum| 6|
Chat Room| 7|
Course Materials| 8|
Learning Teams| 9|
Individual Forum| 14|
My Drafts| 15|
My Sent Items| 16|
Glossary of Terms | 17|

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All images used in this document, including the University of Phoenix logo, were retrieved from the University of Phoenix website ( and are being used for educational purposes only. The use of the images is permitted under Title 17 of the United States Code, Section 107. This document was prepared as part of an academic assignment for Dr. David Rossi of the University of Phoenix as a course requirement for English 221: Technical Writing Fundamentals. References

Works resourced but not directly cited in the production of this document are as follows: Dobrin et al. (2010). Technical Communication in the Twenty-First Century. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. Gerson and Gerson. (2012). Technical Communication: Process and Product. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

The forums are a great source of information gathering and social networking. They are the point of origin for all documentation and links. Here you are able to freely roam from point to point in all departments within the class’ perspective. To access the discussion forums you will need to enter your classroom. To do this, click on the current class’ Discussion link upon login as pictured in Figure 1-1.

This is the entryway for you to gain access to all the forums of your Current Class. If you need to see previous work, you may select the Previous tab and then the discussion link to enter an older class’ forums. After you click on the link to enter the class’ discussion you will see as pictured on the next page in Figure 1-2, the portal to all topics, categories, and other forms of communication.


There are many subjects here as you can see. Everything bordered in red is broken up into categories. This menu acts as a map for all destinations on the forums. By clicking on any of the links listed you can access your Main, Chat Room, Course Materials, Learning Team, and Individual forums.

By being able to master the main page you will be able to navigate easily through all the forums within the class. Please take the time and memorize how to access the main forums as portrayed in Figures 1-1 and 1-2.

If you need to access the main page while in other parts of the forums you can do so by selecting the “Discussion” tab at the top of the forums as shown in Figure 1-3.


The Main Forum
The primary purpose of the main forum is your weekly class discussion. The course facilitator will post weekly discussion questions here that you will answer individually as well as respond to your classmates. This is a great way to encourage further learning through exploring others point of view on the topic for the week. Figure 1-4 shows the discussion questions in the main forum. The main forum is also where the course facilitator will post updates about weekly feedback as well as some course announcements. In most classes this is where you will be spending most of your time and efforts.

Chat Room
The chat room is the only informal forum used in online classes for the University of Phoenix. It allows students to discuss topics that are both relate and unrelated to the class. The chat room is one of the only forums that allow student to start new threads. This forum is used in class to allow students to check in so they can meet attendance requirements, students may also use their individual forums to check in. It is also used at the beginning of a class to post biographies so students can get to...
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