Using Course Folders on the Classes Server

The Purpose Of Your Course Folder

A file server folder for each of your courses has been created to facilitate exchange of files and information between students and instructors. It is divided into five subfolders: Dropbox, Handouts, Public_html, Return, and Share. Log on to the folder using your Middlebury College username and password.

Finding Your Course Folder

Course folders are in the folder classes. The path to your course folder is middfiles\classes\Semester\dept_course-number_section. You can access your course folder when you are off-campus, by following the instructions at http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/NetStorage.

For example: middfiles\classes\spring10\econ0455a is the path to the folder for the course Economics 455, section a.

You log on to classes using your Middlebury College username and password (the same one you use to access your e-mail. You can set your password for your server accounts on the web at go/activate (on-campus) or go.middlebury.edu/activate (off-campus).

The Function Of Your Course Folders

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The Dropbox folder is designed to allow electronic submission of student assignments. When students write a document on their computer, they may submit it by copying the completed file here.

Note: Files can be saved directly into the Dropbox folder. We suggest that you save your document in your middfile\home\alpha\username folder and then copy it to the Dropbox. All course participants may copy files into the Dropbox and see their own files, but only the instructor can view all the files. Also, be sure to give documents a unique filename (for example, SmithResearchPaper1.docx rather than ResearchPaper.docx). If a student tries to save to the Dropbox using a filename that already exists in the folder because another student used it, they will get a warning message saying that a file of that name already exists. However, if they do not choose a different name and simply proceed with saving their file, they will overwrite the file that was there previously.

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The Handouts folder gives the instructor a location to post materials for viewing by all members of the class. Although anyone can read the files placed here, only the instructor can change the contents.

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The Public_html folder houses the course web page, if the instructor chooses to create one. Separate documentation is available detailing the process of creating a web page.

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The Return folder allows the instructor to return corrected assignments and distribute documents to individual members of the class. There is a subfolder inside the Return folder for each student enrolled in the course. Each folder can be opened only by the instructor and by the student whose username it bears.

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The Share folder is an open area for exchange of documents between all members of the class. Both students and instructors may copy files into it and read and edit its contents. The Share folder is designed to facilitate peer review activities and other sharing of information.

Copying Files To Your Course Folder

Copy files into the course folder in the same way that you copy files on your hard drive. You can use the drag and drop method, or right-click and select Copy and Paste from the pop-up menus. Remember that certain areas of the course folder can be modified only by the instructor.

Many different types of files can be stored in the course folder, including written documents, image files, and computer programs. It is important to remember that the course participants are likely to include both Windows and Macintosh users. Be sure to save files intended for sharing in a format that can be read by both platforms. For example, word-processing documents should be saved in versions lower than Word 2007 or Word 2008 to accommodate class members have older operating systems on their computers.

Displaying Content from Your Course Folder in the Course Hub

When you put files in the HANDOUTS, SHARE, or PUBLIC_HTML folders of your class folder, a “Middfiles Class Folder” resource will automatically be added to the Course Hub site for your class. This provides a link that allows students to easily browse the files without having to mount a network drive. Read this LIS blog post for details: New Course Hub / Middfiles Integration.

Managing Access To Your Course Folder

If you have additional instructors, teaching assistants, or auditors who need access to your course folder, you can edit the instructors and audits lists.

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