Module 1: Navigating This Course

We're excited to have you! Here are some tips on navigating the course and getting the most out of your journey.

In Gender Inclusivity, A Brave Space, we explore the concepts of sexuality and gender. The course "queers" the concepts of sexuality, expression, and identity by discussing how society communicates what is "acceptable" behavior, and the course calls out ways to challenge those gendered behaviors to create positive, accepting communities. The course is also fun! This module describes the general setup of the course, how best to navigate the information and interactive components, and how to access your online (or downloadable) journal for end of lesson reflections. Let's get started!


This module includes the following lessons:

The Basics

Practice to navigating the course while learning the basics of the LGBTQ+ terms.

For the introductory lesson below, download the course journal (and print for your reference), watch the lesson video to understand how the course is structured, and practice writing in your online journal.

  • Printable Journal

    As you begin to engage in our online course, be sure to notice the structure. 

    Think of the course itself as a desk, and each module as a binder. Just like a binder can be separated into sections, each module is also separated into sections called lessons. A module could have one lesson (like this module) or multiple lessons. Each lesson typically has a video, resources to review, a reflection or journal question,  and a download a section. The download section can include worksheets to complete and PDFs you can distribute on your own. Each lesson ends with a reflective or journal question, or other activity. If you see a rainbow, like below, it's just a reflective question.  You should keep the reflection question in mind as you scroll through the remainder of the lesson. If you see the journal icon, that means the question should be answered in your journal. Click on the pen and your journal will pop-up! Once you hit the save button,  your journal is saved and you can continue.

    At the bottom of the module's page, the module's reflection questions are summarized into one assignment, either a journal assignment, a quiz, or other assignment. You should complete each module by reflecting on your learning and completing the assignment. Most of the time, it's a journal entry. But, there may be something to download, or you may be directed to upload  something. In assignments, we might ask you to watch a video and respond, to observe an hour of your favorite television show and document how many examples of "gender"  you see in a log, or to engage in a dialogue with a peer. Once you're done with an uploadable assignment, you again can use the journal function or you can even upload your completed work. For journals, once you hit the save button, that module is complete! For other activities, they'll pop up in another window, you'll complete them there, and then return to the course.

    You can always access your journal entries for this course, and all courses on our site, by clicking the myJournal button on the lower left or clicking myJournal from the top menu. You can also write a journal entry anytime by clicking on the Journal Pen icon on the lower left menu.

    Practice downloading by clicking the folder icon on the right. This will download the course's printable journal, in case you prefer to journal on paper.

    A note about journals:  Journals are accessible only by you and by me. Although I can access journals, I don't! So, don't communicate view the journal! If you want to communicate with me, feel free to use the chat function below.

    Finally, many lessons will include a menu of photographs or items. These might contain pivotal  people from the module or introduce you to new concepts. Since this is the introductory lesson, I included some basic definitions that will be helpful to have! 

    Where have you heard these terms before? Are there other terms we haven't mentioned here?

Done with all of the lessons? Complete the module's closing activity below!

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