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Take a course

This article is about the new JUNO learning management system (LMS). If you don’t see these features on your site, your platform still uses the legacy JUNO courses.

To take a course, you start it, complete each lesson inside, then finish the course. You can leave in the middle of the course and continue the remaining lessons later, but you can’t change your answers after completing a lesson.

This guide walks you through each step in detail.

(lightbulb) Before you begin

You have to enroll in a course before starting it. Learn how to enroll.

1. Open and start the course

Select your profile image in the top-right corner of the navigation bar. Then select My Courses. This opens your personal course dashboard, where you can find all of your courses.

The profile dropdown menu is open in the corner of the screen. The 'My Courses'  button is highlighted under the 'Profile' subsection.

Opening the course dashboard.

Select the Current tab to see the courses you are enrolled in. Select a course to open it.

Two courses are listed in the 'current' tab. The status is 'enrolled' for one and '67 percent' for the other.

Courses you are enrolled in.

On the course home page, select the Start Course button to begin. If the button says something else, you won’t be able to start the course. For example:

  • Course Inactive: You are enrolled but the course hasn’t started yet. Come back later! Or talk to your instructor or teacher to find out when the course begins.

  • On Waitlist: You are on the waitlist, so you won’t be enrolled in the course unless a spot opens up. Learn more about the waitlist.

  • Enroll: You aren’t enrolled in the course. Learn how to enroll.

  • Course Closed: The course started in the past and now it has ended.

On the left under the course image, a status indicator says 'Ready to Begin' To the right, a user selects the 'Start Course' button.

Starting a course.

2. Complete lessons

Courses are made up of multiple lessons. Once you start a course, a progress bar at the top of the page shows how many lessons are left.

The progress bar indicates that a user is on 'Lesson 1 of 2.' The percentage complete, '50 percent' is next to it.

The progress bar.

In a lesson, watch or read the content on the page, download resources, and answer any questions. There are multiple types of questions:

Question type


Multiple Choice and Polls: You select answers from a list.

If percentage values show up next to the answers after you select one, that’s the percentage of people who chose each answer. This is used on polls so that you can see how popular answers are among your class or community.

A user selects Answer 1 from a list of 3 possible anwers.

Fill in the Blank: You type your own answer in an empty text box.

A user types their answer in a large text box.

Ranking: You click and drag answers to sort them.

The user clicks and drags to put answers 1, 2, and 3 in a different order.

Rating: You pick a number along a scale, like 1-10.

A user selects the number 3 along a horizontal line that goes from 1-10.

Interacting with resources within lessons

  • Resources can be in any order within the lesson

  • Look for a section labeled Resources when one or more are available on a lesson to view and download them.

Viewing a resource attached to a lesson.

Double-check that you’re happy with your answers. You can’t change them after selecting Next Lesson. If you forgot to answer any questions, you are alerted so that you can finish them before moving on.

When you’re done, select the Next Lesson button at the bottom of the page to save and submit your answers. You are automatically sent to the next lesson.

A user clicks the 'next lesson' button at the bottom of the page.

Going to the next lesson.

3. Complete and submit the course

On the last lesson, select the Finish button to save and submit the last lesson.

A button that says 'finish.'

You are redirected to the course home page. There, under the image at the top of the page, select the Complete Course button to submit the course.

It’s very important to remember to select Complete Course. You will know it was submitted successfully when the button says Return to Courses or View Certificate. Or if the course is graded, a pop-up appears to let you know if you passed or failed the course. Learn more about grading.

Under the course image, a user clicks the 'complete course' button.

Completing a course.

4. Download your course certificate

Depending on how the course was set up, you might be able to download a certificate as additional proof of completion. Select the View Certificate button under the image at the top of the page.

Timed lessons

Timed lessons are lessons with a specific time limit set by the instructor, ensuring you complete the lesson within that timeframe.

  1. Before you enter a timed lesson, a prompt asks if you are Ready to begin? The prompt displays the duration of the timed lesson and serves as a reminder of the time limit set for completion.

  2. You can choose to either Begin the lesson or Cancel and return to the course homepage.

Ready to begin? prompt

Countdown timer

3. Once you start the timed lesson, the countdown timer is displayed on the lesson page.

  • The timer is positioned at the bottom center of the page, is moveable, and remains visible while you work through the lesson showing the remaining time (HH:MM:SS) you have to complete the lesson.

    The timer in a timed Lesson

The countdown timer starts in green and will change to red to indicate your time is almost out.

Red timer indicating time is running out.

It is important to avoid starting a timed lesson if you are unable to complete it, as the timer will continue counting down even if you leave.

Time's up

4. When the allotted time for your lesson is up, a notification will appear stating Time's Up!

Time’s Up prompt.

  • After the lesson timer expires, a prompt will inform you that your progress has been saved. Your next steps may vary depending on how the instructor set the course. You may be given the choice to retake the lesson, be directed to the next lesson, or complete the entire course.

Can you change your answers?

Unless the lesson has been set up with the ability to retake it, you can only change your answers while in a lesson. Once you select Next Lesson, your answers are saved and submitted, and you can’t change them or retake the course. Learn more about lesson retakes.

Note that poll questions can’t be changed after first answering, even while still in the lesson. Poll questions are usually used for gathering your opinion or feedback, not for graded answers.

Can you leave in the middle and come back later?

If you leave the page in the middle of a lesson, your answers for that lesson aren’t saved (except for poll questions, as noted above). But answers for previous lessons are saved and submitted. We recommend finishing a lesson, selecting Next Lesson to save and submit it, then leaving.

When you come back, you can continue with the next lesson. Open the course and select the Continue Course button to keep going.

You cannot change your answers on lessons that were already saved and submitted.

On the course home page, there is a list of 4 lessons. 3 of them are checked off because they are completed. One is not checked because the user still has to complete it. The user clicks the 'continue course' button to keep going.

Continuing a course after completing 3 lessons, leaving, then coming back.

Can you go back to rewatch videos and reread lessons?

Yes, you can go back to lessons to review the content during or after completing the course. You cannot change your answers to questions.

When you go back to watch a video, you’re able to fast-forward. (You aren’t allowed to fast-forward when first taking the lesson.)

Once the course ends (on the end date set by the course creator), you can no longer go back to lessons.

Additional course prompts

Skipped questions and unwatched videos

  • If you attempt to complete a lesson without answering all the questions and the time limit has not expired, you will be prompted with a Skipped Questions notification allowing you to Review My Answers your answers or continue with Complete Lesson with the questions unanswered.

Skipped Questions prompt.

  • Similarly, if there are required videos in the lesson, you will encounter the Unwatched Videos prompt if you have not watched the necessary percentage of the videos.

Unwatched Videos prompt.

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