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Title: Creating a Course Web Site on UMs CourseInfo System


1
Creating a Course Web Site on UMs CourseInfo
System
  • Bill Vilberg
  • 1/23/2001

2
Agenda
  • Background Material
  • Important Concepts
  • What It Looks Like
  • Procedures
  • Demonstration Questions

3
Background Material
4
What is CourseInfo?
  • A system that makes it easy for faculty to create
    and maintain course web sites
  • Available at UM at http//www.courses.miami.edu
  • No charge to use
  • No special software needed on PCs, other than a
    browser and Internet connection


5
Some Uses of CourseInfo
  • Communicate with your students
  • Distribute documents to your students
  • Encourage your students to study more
  • Provide opportunities for students to take
    practice tests
  • Distribute grades
  • Hold out of class discussions


6
Some Strengths of CourseInfo
  • Extremely easy to use
  • Complete security options
  • Powerful interactive capabilities
  • Easy to maintain and support
  • Wide range of capabilities
  • Supports distribution of raw documents from
    Microsoft Word or PowerPoint


7
CourseInfo History
  • Developed at Cornell by a group of students
  • Company and product purchased by Blackboard
  • Blackboard is tied in with KPMG
  • Used extensively at the University of Pittsburgh,
    Cornell University, and the University of
    Tennessee-Knoxville


8
CourseInfo Products
  • Blackboard.com allows free use by anyone, on
    their server
  • CourseInfo 4 is a stand-alone system installed on
    a campus server and costs 5,000/year
  • Blackboard 5 Level III ties into campus
    information system and costs 50,000


9
Similar Products
  • WebCT
  • Web Course in a Box
  • TopClass
  • FirstClass


10
UM Experience (Part 1)
  • Provost grant awarded for academic web server in
    fall of 1998
  • Version 2.1 installed at UM in May 1999
  • A dozen course web sites active during summer
    1999
  • Over 100 course web sites active during Fall
    1999-2000


11
UM Experience (Part 2)
  • Version 4.0 installed at UM in December 1999
  • Over 350 course web sites active during Fall
    2000-2001
  • Signing contract for Bb 5 Level III for Fall 2001
    implementation


12
Important Concepts
13
Stand-alone System
  • No knowledge of UM students, courses,
    registration information
  • You must request a course web site
  • Students must enroll in your course web site
  • You manage the enrollment process
  • (All this will change in Fall 2001)


14
No Magic Involved
  • To see a Microsoft Word document, the student
    must have Word
  • Ditto Excel
  • Ditto PowerPoint


15
Motivation
  • If you dont require use, the students wont try
    it
  • If you dont make it valuable, the students wont
    come back
  • It enhances your instruction, but it increases
    your work load, especially at first
  • Students love it (See survey results in Faculty
    Support Site)


16
What It Looks Like
17
Gateway
  • First page at http//www.courses.miami.edu

18
MyBlackboard
  • Personal page, after login

19
Course Catalog
  • List of all course web sites available

20
Course Web Site
  • Announcements (course starting page)

21
Control Panel
  • Your office

22
Primary Pages
  • Gateway
  • MyBlackboard
  • Course Catalog
  • Course Web Site
  • Control Panel


23
Processes
24
Obtaining a course web site
  • Generate an account (once)
  • Go to http//www.courses.miami.edu
  • Click on Generate Account
  • Request a site
  • Go to http//www.miami.edu/iac/courses
  • Click on Course Site Request Form
  • Explained on Faculty Startup handout


25
Enrollment Process
  • Create course web site
  • Turn on the Enroll button
  • Distribute the Getting Started handout to the
    students
  • Give them a task and a deadline
  • Turn off the Enroll button
  • Review and correct list of students
  • (Only until Fall 2001)


26
Enrolling in a Site (Students)
  • Create an account (once)
  • Go to http//www.courses.miami.edu
  • Click on Generate Account
  • Enroll in the course web site
  • Locate the course in the course catalog
  • Click on the Enroll button and follow
    instructions
  • Explained on Getting Started handout


27
Uploading the Syllabus
  • Go to the Control Panel
  • Click on Course Information page editor
  • Click on Add Document button
  • Enter title
  • Browse and select document
  • Click on Submit button
  • Review results in the course


28
Turning On/Off Enroll Button
  • Go to the Control Panel
  • Click on Course Options link
  • Find Allow Enroll in Button Availability
  • Click on E button to enable (turn on)
  • Click on D button to disable (turn off)
  • Click on Submit button in Button Availability
  • Review results with another account


29
Demonstration Questions
30
Creating a Course Web Site on UMs CourseInfo
System
  • Bill Vilberg
  • 1/23/2001
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