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Posting documents on academics (academics.eckerd.edu) using FTP (file transfer protocol)
For Windows computers (Dell and many others)
If you want to post materials for a current course, you can click here for a program that provides easy posting and also creates the appropriate links on the the Online Course Materials site. However, this "Easy Posting" program has limited capabilities. If you wish to delete materials, change names, or post materials that are not part of a current course you should use the method described below. If you use the method described below to post course related materials we request that you create the appropriate links on the Online Course Materials site so students can find the materials easily. After posting materials for courses, click here to control the links on the Online Course Materials site.
An easy way to manage your documents on an Eckerd server is to use the Internet Explorer browser.
1. Start up the Internet Explorer browser. (For most other uses, the Internet explorer browser is not recommended.)
2. Type ftp://academics.eckerd.edu in the address windows.
3. Click "Enter" or "Go." If a password window pops up, type in your email user name and email password.
3a. If you are using Internet Explorer version 7, your toolbar will not look like the toolbar shown above and, at this point, one more step is needed.
For Internet Explorer version 7, please click on the "Page" icon and select the "Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer" option. You probably will have to enter your user name and password once again.
4. You will end up in your folder on the "academics" server at Eckerd. Here you can:
- Create folders – (Go to "File" and select "New" and the "Create New Folder")
- Add documents – (Find the document on your computer and either "copy and paste" or "drag and drop" the document. The document will not be removed from your own computer but a copy will be placed on the server).
- Delete folders or documents – (Select folder or document and then drag it to your "Trash can" or "Recycle bin.")
- Edit documents – (Edit the document on your own computer. Then, "drag and drop" or "copy and paste" the document into the same location as the old document on the server. If the revised document has exactly the same name as the old document, the revised version will replace the old version. It is likely that a window will appear asking you if you really want to replace the old document.)
5. This "window" for the server acts almost exactly like a folder on your own computer. However, PLEASE NOTE – You cannot drag a document from one folder to another on the server. You must take the document to your own computer and then take it back to the new location on the server. Also, with most documents you cannot open-to-edit the documents directly. For most documents you need to have them on your own computer to edit them.
6. PLEASE NAME YOUR DOCUMENTS CORRECTLY. For access on the Internet, please use only letters and numbers and underscore (_),, hyphen (-), and period (.) in the name of any document. Spaces may cause a little bit of trouble. The following symbols will cause lots of trouble, so don't use them in the names of documents: DON'T USE (/, #, @, !, ", ‘, or most other special symbols)