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Managing your WebCT files with WebDAV
by Kenwrick Chan

Managing your uploaded files with WebCT's File Manager has always been a slow process due to the Web browser's limitation of being able to handle just one file at a time. WebDAV overcomes this limitation and makes managing your WebCT files as easy as dragging your files from one folder to another.

WebDAV stands for "Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning". It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote Web servers. Use of WebDAV has been enabled on our ITS WebCT server. In order to take advantage of this feature you will need to have software that understands how to use WebDAV. If you are using Microsoft Windows 98 or have Office 2000 installed, you have all that is needed in the form of "Web Folders". Macintosh users will need to download Goliath to take advantage of WebDAV. Recent versions of GoLive, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop have built-in support for WebDAV.

In addition to the required software, three pieces of information are needed to start using WebDAV:

  • your myWebCT username
  • your myWebCT password
  • the Web address for your WebCT course files

The Web address for your course files is specified using the following format:

    http://webct.hawaii.edu:8900/courseName/

For example, consider the following course.

WebCT screen shot.

The Web address for the course URL has the following format:

    http://webct.hawaii.edu:8900/SCRIPT/courseName/scripts/serve_home

Since the courseName in the screen above is kchan, courses files can be found at

    http://webct.hawaii.edu:8900/kchan

Specific instructions for using WebDAV is listed below:

For more information on WebDAV, refer to www.webdav.org.

 

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