What is a Content Module?
WebCT course content consists of a number of pages of content such as lecture notes, multimedia presentations, assignments, and quizzes. You organize the content pages into a Table of Contents, which provides students with a guide to the sequence of study for the course content. The hierarchical structure also makes it easier for students to find specific course content. (See Table of Contents for more information). You create the Table of Contents by adding headings and subheadings. You can then add content within this hierarchy by adding files of content. These files appear as links in the Table of Contents, which provides students with easy access. When a student clicks a link in the Table of Contents, WebCT displays the content pages that you have created.
What do you put there? Here's an example:
1. Create document & Save As HTML… Fix any formatting & re-save
option 1. You may use the "Save as HTML" or "Save as Web Page" feature
available in MS Office -- BUT don't do so without reading this warning: http://www.westga.edu/~distance/webct/facultymanual/beware2000.html
a. Open the word document.
b. In Word XP, go to Save as Webpage option BUT when the Save as box pops up, be sure to save as file type: webpage, filtered.
c. Edit as desired.
d. Re-save as appropriately named file (should be descriptive enough so that a year from now you will know at a glance what this file contains; Use underscores instead of spaces; try to avoid caps).
option 2. Copy and paste Word content to Netscape Composer:
a. Open Word processed document
b. Copy all desired text
c. Open Netscape > go to Communicator men > select "Composer" to open a free HTML (webpage) editor
d. Paste the text on the blank Composer page
e. Edit / fix formatting as desired
f. Save! (your document will be saved as an HTML and ready to upload!)
<For a more complete tutorial, see http://grove.ufl.edu/~hun5246/composer/index.html >
- When creating as a Word Processing document, remember that it is best to use Tables so that you will not have to reformat Tabs lost in transition to HTML.
- When saving, remember to name document with no spaces, no odd characters, and short names. Also, caps will sometimes cause problems (RE-name if necessary).
- When saving, pay attention to the location of the document on your computer
2. Copy (upload) document from your computer to WebCT course server via File Manager
You have two options for doing this:
Option #1: Log in to Course
Select Manage Files (left navigation bar)
Scroll down to top "My Files" directory, click the check box to select this directory (or other) as location
Select Upload, click GO (top of frame)
Choose Browse, find File location, click on document's file name to highlight, & select Open (this should put file location string beside the Browse button (bottom frame) & ready to upload
Select Upload (at bottom)
If you can see the file, you did it!
Once uploaded, you are now finished with the File Manager so…. Click Home (breadcrumbs)
Option #2: OR
Use the NEW Drag-n-Drop file transfer tool called WebDav
3. Link document to Course Content Module on WebCT Home Organizer Page
From your course Home page, Click directly on the Course Content Module icon/ hyperlink that you should have already added to your page
Now select the Designer Options radio button from your top status bar
Select Add File & GO (from right of page)
When list of file names appears in box in right-hand frame, look for your file and highlight by clicking on its name. If you DO NOT see your file name listed, select the Browse button (right-hand frame) to retrieve your file from your File Manager My Files directory (as before). Once the file is highlighted, select an insertion point by choosing a radio button to the left in your documents you have so far… if you have NO documents, choosing a radio button is not an option
Then, from right-hand frame, choose Add
If the File does not appear in your list as you would like, you may Reorganize (move files up, down, or indent…) by using the “Designer View” options again
If the file is not titled, as you'd like, you may you may Edit Titles by using the “Designer View” options again!
Finally, don't forget to hit Update Student View (go to “View Designer Map” & choose Update Student View)