information in these learning materials is presented in two
formats: Regular web-type files (*.htm or *.html), and as
Portable Document Format (*.pdf). The materials presented in web
format have a heading like that on this page. That presented as
pdf has no such heading. The way to navigate the material depends
on which format the information is presented in.
WEB-LIKE: The exact way to navigate a web document depends on
what web browser you are using (such as Internet Explorer, Netscape,
SeaMonkey, etc). You can use the back and forward features of
your browser, or of the presented pages. Note the navigation bar
below the STARMAP logo. These materials are organized by sections
and pages within section. The left part of the navigation bar
returns you to the main menu; the next part to a section menu when that
exists. On the right you can go forward or back one
The material on what and how to monitor resulted
from a training session held at EPA's Western Ecology Division in June,
2004. It is based on the PowerPoint slides presenters used.
The audio quality of their presentations was low, so their comments
transcribed into text, and were narrated. The transcribed
material appears on facing pages of the pdf document. If you are
viewing a pdf document and want to return to the browser-based
navigation, either close your pdf viewer (such as Adobe Acrobat or
Adobe Reader), or click on your browser icon on the windows program bar.
To best view the presentation and listen to the audio at your own pace,
consider the following suggestions:
- Option 1: Set up your viewing screen to a
text version of the audio accompanies its corresponding slide. Do this
clicking on the “Facing” button, located in the bottom right corner
on the far right).
- Option 2: If you prefer not to have the
the click on the “Single Page” button in the bottom right corner (the
button on the
far left). This will set the viewing screen to show one page at a time,
automatically enlarging the size of the slide that is shown.
- AUDIO: In order to access the audio for a slide,
icon in the
upper right corner of the slide. The audio selection for that slide
play, as if you were in the room during a seminar or presentation. Once
audio for that particular slide is finished, it will automatically
stop, and you can then proceed to the next slide. (Note: some slides do
not have audio
comments, and the available audio has not been completely included in
this version of the learning materials.) There
be no easy way to terminate the narration in most pdf viewers, so the
developers inserted a second balloon below the first; it stops the
- You can sequentially move on to the next set of slides
the single right arrow button (not the arrow with the vertical line)
the bottom of the screen, which corresponds to “Next Page.”
GLOSSARY: Many words in the pdf form of these
materials are linked to a master glossry, adapted from EMAP
materials. Underlined indicates words are that linked to the
glossary. When the mouse pointer moves over an underlined word, a
short definition ordinarily will appear. After a moment, the
pointer may change to either a pointing finger or a triangular pointer
over different parts of the same word. Over the part indicated by
the triangular pointer, a single click will give the longer definition
for the same word. A double click of the pointing finger will
transfer you to the appropriate place in the whole glossary.
- If you would prefer to jump ahead in the
presentation to a certain
section, you can make use of the Bookmarks (which works like a table of
- To access the Bookmarks, click the “Bookmarks” tab,
located on the top left of the screen, directly below the left edge of
the toolbar. This will show the different presentations that were
combined to make this one large presentation.
- To access individual sections (if you want to go to
certain page in the document), click the “plus signs” associated with
each presentation. After doing this, you should now be able to click on
an individual heading and go to that page in the document.
- Note: Every page in the presentation (excluding the
for the audio) has a relevant heading which should help you quickly
access information on a specific topic.
- Glossary/LinksThere may be some words or phrases
unfamiliar to you,and you want a brief definition or explanation as to
what it means.
You can then look them up in the glossary, located at the end of the
document, and accessible as a bookmark. (Not all of the features
listed below have been completely implemented in this version.)
- A selection of words and phrases are linked to a
can access from anywhere in the document by clicking on that word or
phrase. Otherwise, you can access the glossary by using the Bookmarks.
- Another important feature of this presentation is
links between pages. For example, say you were trying to access all the
information regarding “Laying out the reach.”
- You can use the Bookmarks to search through all
find the ones that are related to “laying out the reach.” This will
automatically move you to another page in the document that has a