Orientation to Online Learning


As one of the aspiring and motivated, you’ve been invited to participate in an incredible online learning course. But after some thought, you feel unprepared for learning online. If you could narrow it down to who makes a good online learner, what tools are needed, and where the learning happens, you would be primed to succeed in the online course!

Your job is to be a roving detective, sniffing out the answers to the novice online learner questions.TxVSN CLUE IN Orientation to Online Learning Badge

CLUE IN Orientation to Online Learning guides you through character traits of an online learner along with tools and skills to help navigate online learning environments. In order to succeed in these online courses, you should know what’s expected and what qualities will carry you the farthest.

You will work through a series of quests that add up towards badges. As you complete the work, your submissions are recorded. At the end, you’ll earn the CLUE IN badge denoting completion of all activities and levels of the TxVSN CLUE IN Orientation to Online Learning. These badges can also be recorded in your Mozilla OpenBadges backpack.


To get started, create an account from the right column. Once you have an account, log in and click on Quest Badges from the right side menu block. Start at the beginning, which is Level 1 with the Identification badge, and enjoy the adventure! Read the Walkthroughs for more detailed information on the game. Access to YouTube is required. Contact jennifer.culver@region10.org if you have a technology problem within the game. Click the TxVSN logo for more information about TxVSN.


Level 1 Badge: Character

Level 1:

In this collection of lessons you will unravel the unique characteristics of online courses along with an overview of the types of online courses you may be taking. You will file a preliminary report of your basic understanding of the case for online learning and will designate the individuals to be notified of that report.
Level 2 Badge: Tools

Level 2:

In these lessons, you will crack the important skills needed to be successful in an online course. We’ll cover basic computer skills, communication protocols, and the heart and soul of many online courses – the discussion forum.
Level 3 Badge: Scene

Level 3:

During these lessons, you’ll theorize how you can get familiar with your new online course and start constructing an organizational system that will keep you successful.
Level 4 Badge: Clue In

Level 4:

You have gathered all your evidence and are ready to file your final report. You will designate individuals, such as your guidance counselor and parent/guardian to be notified of your successful completion of all activities and levels of the TxVSN CLUE IN Orientation to Online Learning.


In addition to the quest badges that will help you deduce the core principles, you can earn optional Reward Badges on your own or at the direction of your school’s program requirements. These offer additional evidence related to online learning and some of them are suitable for your parent/guardian! As you work your way through the activities you will attain progressively greater understanding of the online learning game.