Monday, October 29, 2007

Grading Non-WebCT Quizzes in WebCT

Sometimes we just want to give a quiz in class without the use of WebCT. The question becomes how to post those results so the stundents can view them on WebCT and so the grades avarage into our WebCT gradebook.

This white paper explains how to handle it.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Reducing File Sizes in WebCT

Not too many years ago we were careful about the size of our files. We had to be or they would not fit on a 1.44mb diskette. Now our digital cameras create pictures over 1mb each. But with computer hard drives reaching into the terabytes, it is easy not to pay attention to the size of the files we save.

WebCT is a great tool for faculty. It helps us organizers our courses in such a way that we have easy access to class materials and offer the same convenience to our students. Although it was designed to use HTML pages, WebCT accepts and displays all type of files and becomes a repository for all we decide to dump into it.

Why should we be concerned about file sizes? The more bloat on the WebCT server's hard drive, the slower it runs and the more frustrated our students and we become. We can control the size of our courses and here are some examples of what we can do.

Importing Calendar Entries

The Calendar Tool in WebCT is a great way to keep the students aware of what is due when, but it is a slow process to update especially at the beginning of a semester when multiple entries need to be added. Another approach is to create the entries in a comma delimited text file, and then import the data into the calendar all at once. Excel makes this task even easier. It is an efficient way for designers to add multiple calendar entries. WebCT allows the designer to import calendar entries from a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.