Welcome to my Course Authoring Page
Web Based Course Authoring
Your first step as an author should be in locating an education environment
software that is accessible to you. In the following I will
assume that the popular WebCT software is available to you for
authoring the course, and all the terminology used will be
specific to WebCT version 3.1.3 available at this time.
When you open up the WebCT course as an author, you will find in the
navigation panel on the left side of your Home Page, an item
View Designer Map.
Click this, and get familiar
with the different entries in the table. Below are brief
explanations about each column heading.
1. Content Assistant
Useful for pulling down to your course, the vast amount of resources
available on the Internet.
2. Update Student View
You will have to click this, every time you modify your course, so
that the changes will be transmitted to your students.
3. Add Page or Tool
Useful for controlling the logical structure of the pages in your
4. Manage Files
A reasonable course will involve managing files within the course
and transferring files between your computer and the course.
5. Manage Course
The entire course is managed by this utility. It performs important
functions like backing up your course.
6. Change Settings
You must have a Welcome Page for your course, which can be accessed
by anybody from the Internet. This utility allows you write the
page and put in a login facility also.
Click this to modify the pages in your course.
You cannot feel confident about these tools and utilities, until you
physically see what they can accomplish. For a concrete example of a
web based course, see my Welcome Page
K. K. Nambiar
Go through the course with the critical eye of an author. For your first
attempt, use this course as a template and become comfortable with the
basic tools provided by WebCT. Once everything becomes familiar to you,
you are on your own.
So, where do you start? Just write to your WebCT administrator that you
want to author a course, giving him or her the title. A few incantations
that are required will be explained to you by the administrator.