Participating and getting to know other students in your class is important in order to create the online community at GCU.

UNV 503 Week 1 Class Wall Biography


Participating and getting to know other students in your class is important in order to create the online community at GCU. The Class Wall is a place for students to network and get to know one another. Your first post to the Class Wall will be a biography to share information about you with fellow students.

Here are some things to consider including in your biography:

Your name
Where you are from
Your family
The degree program you are enrolled in
What you currently do for a living
Your hobbies or interests
Motivation for pursuing a graduate degree
Your biography should be 250-350 words in length.

Post your biography to the Class Wall by the end of Day 2 of Topic 1.

Once other students have posted their bios, go back to the Class Wall and read them, as well as your instructor’s bio.

Submit your biography to the appropriate assignment drop box as well as posting it to the Class Wall.

UNV 503 Topic 1 DQ 1

How do you think your graduate educational experience will be different from your undergraduate experience? How would you describe a graduate learning community? What would be the key components of a learning community and how might it be different from an undergraduate learning community?

The DQ response must be 150-200 words.

UNV 503 Topic 1 DQ 2

This module discussed the importance of communication. One of the goals of GCU is to help you to effectively communicate throughout your life. Access and review the “Communication Tool.” Why is it important to communicate effectively with others? How will effective communication help students in their academic career? Give examples. Why do you think GCU emphasizes quality discussion posts and proper etiquette in the Discussion Forums?

The DQ response must be 150-200 words.

UNV 503 Week 1 Navigating the Online Environment Scavenger Hunt


Learning how to navigate the online classroom environment is essential to your academic success.

View the LoudCloud Walk to Class Tutorial and search LoudCloud to find the answers.
Complete the scavenger hunt while navigating LoudCloud.

Online Learning Environment Scavenger Hunt


Learning how to navigate the online classroom environment is essential to your academic success. GCU’s Learning Management System (LMS) LoudCloud has many resources to help you become a successful graduate student.


View the LoudCloud Walk to Class Tutorial as well as search LoudCloud to find answers to the questions below. You should complete the guide while navigating the LoudCloud environment.

Part A: Answer each prompt

List the tabs and other items on the screen when you first enter a course in LoudCloud.

From the course home page in LoudCloud, click on the “Resources” tab and then click on “Classroom Policies.” What do you need to do to make sure you are properly participating in the online classroom?

Under the “Resources” tab in LoudCloud, click on the “Student Success Center” link. Click on “Tools” in the upper right header, scroll down to the section “Style Guides and Templates” and review the APA Style Guide and APA Template (without Abstract) Why do you think academic writing requires such strict formatting?

Under the “Resources” Tab in LoudCloud, click on the “Student Success Center.” Under which section in the Student Success Center can you find official Microsoft Tutorials for their software products?

Under the “Resources” Tab in LoudCloud, click on “Student Success Center”. Click on Tools and scroll down to “Success Webinars”. What video do you think might be most helpful for you?

From the course home page in LoudCloud, find where you can see your current grade in the course.

Click on the “Resources” Tab in the classroom. Click on “Syllabus.” What are all the different sections found in the Syllabus? Look at the “Overall” and “Current” sections of the syllabus. (Hint: they might be the orange sections on the left of the screen.)

Click on “Library” under the “Resources” tab. Find a time that a GCU Library Introduction webinar tour is available. Write down a time and date that one is offered.

Part B: Highlight the correct response

Where are the topic lectures found?
The Syllabus
Course Materials
Main Forum
Both A and B

In the Student Success Center located under the Resources Tab in Loud Cloud, which of the following is not found under the “Tools for Success” tab:
Turn It In
The Basics
First Year Experience
Success Webinars

What do Course Materials in Loud Cloud consist of?
Lecture Notes, Electronic Resources, and Textbook
Computer, Internet, and Software
Pens, Paper, and Books
The Syllabus, Discussion Forum, and Student Success Center

Where do you find the“Announcements” tab for a course in LoudCloud?
In the LoudCloud tool bar at the top of the classroom
The Calendar
The Syllabus
The instructor emails them to you at the start of each week.

What would you do if you wanted to ask your instructor a question in which you felt your classmates could benefit from the answer as well?
Send him or her a personal email
Post the question in the Main Forum
Post the question in the Individual Forum
Post the question in the Questions to Instructor Forum

Looking at the Forum Sectionunder the Tasks tab, which section is not listed in Loud Cloud?
Main Forum
Question to Instructor Forum
Assignment Forum
Individual Forum

Where are the weekly topic learning objectives found?
On the Calendar
In the Syllabus
In the Main Forum
Under the Tasks Tab

Where is the syllabus found in Loud Cloud?
Under the Calendar tab
Under the Resources tab
In the Main Forum
Under the Tasks Tab

UNV 503 Week 1 assignment Time Monitoring Worksheet


This assignment will help you develop an important skill for college and everyday life – time management. For this assignment, you will keep an informal time log in which you note all your activities for 3 days, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Then, you will review your activities to identify times when you were not productive. You should use this information for planning ways to make better use your time.

Part 1: Monitor your time in hourly increments.

Use the Time Monitoring Worksheet to write down what you did each hour of the day, starting at 5 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. Even if you do not get up until 10 a.m., you still need to record 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. as “sleep.”
Do not overdo the recording; record the primary activity for the hour. At most, record two activities per hour.
Part 2: Reflection

On day four, review your completed Time Monitoring Worksheet in order to take a serious look at how you use your time each day.

Write a 250 – 500 word reflection on how you manage your time. Include the following in your reflection:

What are some things you can do more efficiently?
What are the main items/tasks that take up most of your time?
Do you see areas in your daily routine where you can make adjustments to become more productive?
Do you have any “black holes” that unnecessarily suck up a lot of your time?

UNV 503 Topic 1 DQ 3

Max Points: 5.0

learning more about what GCU is all about by reading about GCU’s
Christian identity and heritage at the link provided below, how do you
think GCU’s Christian heritage makes the GCU academic experience
different than at a non-faith based university? What value will this
difference add to your educational experience? After learning about the
complexities and benefits of spiritual integration within the counseling
process, how do you believe GCU addresses this need for spiritual

The DQ response must be 150-200 words.