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St. Petersburg, FL 33711
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Posting Documents (FTP)
- (The online Course Materials (Moodle) provides an alternate, different way to post materials. Moodle )
- (If you only want to post documents for current courses, an "Easy Posting" site has been created and this site automatically creates links from the Online Course Materials site to the posted resources. Easy Posting)
- (If you have trouble with an ftp program or don't want to use an FTP program an "Alternate Post" site is available.You cannot use this to delete or rename posted materials and the posted materials must not exceed 8M. Alternate Post)
What is FTP?
You can post documents that you create so that others can access these from the Internet. The easiest way is to use FTP (file transfer protocol) to post the documents. Once the documents are posted by you (the author) others can use a browser to access (read) what you have posted, but others cannot change the documents.
How to do it?
You can use one of the options mentioned above (Moodle, Easy Posting, or Alternate Post) without using an FTP program on your computer. Also, the Firefox browser has a very nice, easy-to-use add-in, FireFTP, that can be used to post documents.
The directions for using FTP for posting are different for Mac and windows users, but accessing is the same.
- Details here. If you use a Macintosh (Apple) computer to use FTP to post.
- Details here. If you use a Windows (Dell or other brand) computer to use FTP to post.
- Students access the materials in the same way, but their access is different. They go to http://academics.eckerd.edu/instructor/your_email_name/.....
- It is good to use folders for courses, web sites, and organization.
What can you post?
You can post any electronic materials. this includes web pages, PDF documents, pictures, PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, excel spreadsheets, and short sound or video clips (video usually takes up a lot of space on the server, so please check with IT before posting anything more than a very brief segment.) You can post links to other material on the Internet. If you are not the author of the material, don't violate copyright rules. The library staff can give you guidance about copyright laws.
Why post anything?
More and more people turn to the Internet for information. This includes students in your classes, students who are considering taking your course, prospective students, parents/friends/alumni of the college, potential donors of resources, and people trying to evaluate the educational Eckerd educational program.
By posting materials you can:
- Give your students information which you can easily modify at any time and they can obtain as soon as you post it from any location that has a networked computer. (They probably can access some materials from the browser on their cell phones.). You can make notes from class available for them to study. You can post exemplary work from their peers. You can post syllabi, class schedules, requirements, grading policy, etc.
- Give students assignments. some professors post
1. Excel spreadsheets for students to complete,
2. questions for them to answer,
3. peer materials for them to edit,
4. art works or other important pictures for them to examine,
5. sound clips in a foreign language
6. etc. You are limited only by your imagination
- Posted materials let others know of the exciting things that are going on in your classes.
- Note: Another method should be used to
1. post student grades,
2. post questions to be answered on-line,
3. obtaining student assignments in electronic form,
4. have students participate in on-line discussions or chat rooms,
5. give access to electronic resources from the library.
Who can access the materials?
By default, what you post in the Moodle program can only be seen by members in the class, and what you post on the server, academics.eckerd.edu, can be seen by anyone in the world. However, the Director of Instructional Technology will be happy to help you restrict access in any way that you wish. The restricted access can be applied to everything you post, to certain folders, and/or to certain documents within certain folders. This restriction can be as restrictive or general as you wish.