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
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.