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Designer WebCT FAQ's
Getting Started
Why should I use WebCT?
What functions does WebCT provide?
How do I obtain a WebCT course account?

Something isn't working, who do I notify?
How do I log in as an instructor?
What is a Welcome Page used for?
How long will it take me to create a WebCT course?
Where can I find out about WebCT workshops?
What happens to my course at the end of the semester?
I know nothing about HTML, can I take a workshop?
I need an HTML editor, which one should I use?

Q. Why should I use WebCT?

There are a variety of reasons to use WebCT, some of which are: to organize and distribute course materials, facilitate communication, and administer your course.

Organize and Distribute Course Materials

  • Organize course content, readings, schedules, etc. at a central location
  • Update materials quickly and easily
  • Link to existing course resources on the Web
  • Make all resources accessible at any time and any place

Facilitate Communication

  • With your students:
    send and receive private mail messages
    hold virtual office hours using real-time chat
    let students interview experts on campus or abroad
  • Among your students:
    provide multiple conferences for class discussions
    allows for class participation at any time and any place
    offers a non-threatening environment to all students

Administer your Course

  • test and grade students online
  • post individual grades and evaluation statements
  • securely manage student records online

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Q. What functions does WebCT provide?

WebCT does not require users to install any special software. All you need is a standard browser (Internet Explorer or Netscape). WebCT helps you to:

  • provide username/password protection to a course on the Internet.
  • put up and distribute course materials.
  • Communicate with the student in your course, with the tools such as local email, discussions board, etc.
  • provide online quizzes and surveys

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Q. How do I obtain a WebCT course account?

Fill out a request a new WebCT course designer account form.

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Q. Something isn't working, who do I notify?

If something is not working with WebCT fill out the WebCT problem report that either pops up when having difficulties, or from the main UH WebCT log in page at: http://webct.hawaii.edu

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Q. How do I log in as an instructor?

Go to the main UH WebCT page at <http://webct.hawaii.edu>, under the header for "Returning Users ", select "Log on to myWebCT" and enter your WebCT ID and password given to you by the system administrator when you requested the course.

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Q. What is a Welcome Page used for?

The Welcome Page is a public area that is accessable from the Course Listings area with no need for a WebCT ID and password. It is an area where you can introduce your course to prospective students and allow either self registration or non-self registration directly from the page. NOTE: the process of student access will change with the implementation of the UH Banner System (part of the Student Information System Project Management) tentavely slotted for Fall 2003. With this new registration system instructors will no longer have the capability to add students, it will be an auto enroll upon official registration.

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Q. How long will it take me to create a WebCT course?

It depends on a wide variety of factors, some of the most important include your experience with:

  • computers and the Web
  • course design
  • project planning
  • HTML

Help is available in each of these areas:

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Q. Where can I find out about WebCT workshops?

There are a variety of semester based faculty development workshops, check the listings at: http://www.hawaii.edu/talent

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Q. What happens to my course at the end of the semester?

Currently, courses at UH have been left on the server, but we strongly urge designers to create a backup for downloading and "reset" their courses at the end of each semester. Resetting aids in decreasing WebCT server space, wipes out statistacal and student information in the quiz, discussions, mail, and student database areas. If need be, you can also request to have your course title altered to match each semesters offering.

Contact mcconnel@hawaii.edu or yves@hawaii.edu for detailed directions in the resetting process and altering of course titles.

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Q. I know nothing about HTML, can I take a workshop?

You can request assistance in HTML from the following: kchan@hawaii.edu, mcconnel@hawaii.edu, or yves@hawaii.edu

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Q. I need an HTML editor, which one should I use?

Netscape Communicator has a built in editor called Netscape Composer which works well with retouching HTML document files from within your WebCT account or from your local computer.

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