Getting Started with WebCT
------------------------------PART 1: Logon to WebC T--------------------------
1. To access WebCT type in the following web address:
2. Login with your usual university ID and password, and accept any security
prompts. You should now be on the My WebCT page which lists the courses
you have access to. Click on a linked title to access a course homepage.
3. Follow any prompts to Assign Course Content, and either select a template to
get started or copy content from another course.
------------------------------PART 2: Creating Conte nt--------------------------
You should be on the Course Content Homepage! Notice that there are three
tabs on the top left of the screen: Build, Teach and Student View. Use the Build
tab to design, edit and build a WebCT page. Use the Teach tab to manage and
interact with students in the course. Use the Student View tab to preview and
Task 1: Edit Header
a. From the Home Page, click on the Page Options button on the top right
of the screen and select ‘Edit Header’ from the drop dow n menu that
b. Click on the Enable HTML Creator button.
c. Replace <Module Code & Title> w ith your own details, and edit the rest of
the text to reflect how you’ll be using WebCT to support your students.
a. Note: sometimes your module or Sandpit may not have the
Standard template in the header. In that case, follow steps a-c to
type in the text.
d. Click Save.
Careful: If the HTML Creator freezes go into MyWebCT and then re-enter
Task 2: Create a Folder(s)
a. You are on Course Content Home.
b. From the top menu bar, Select Create Folder type in a Title and
Description (e.g. Week 1/Begin Here)
c. Click Save. The new folder now appears on the page.
Top Menu Bar
d. To make any changes, click on the small downward arrow (‘ActionLinks for
that Item’) next to the folder title and use the options provided to edit,
hide, move or delete the folder.
Task 3: Upload a File
a. Go to the folder you c reated. You can click on the folder icon or its title to
b. Select Add File > Browse for F iles from the top menu bar. The Content
Browser w indow appears.
c. Select the My Computer tab on the bottom left of the window and click on
the Browse buttons. The File Upload window appears. Locate the relevant
file on your computer. Click Open to select it, and then OK once you’re
back on the Content Browser screen. A link to your file now appears on
d. Still in Build mode, select Customise Link from the Action Link menu.
The Link Settings screen now appears.
e. Type in Custom Title & Description.
f. Tick the small check box „Open in a ne w browser window‟ (for
g. Click Save.
Note: An alternative to organise your content and activities is to use
a Learning Module - this provides a more structured route through the
material than folders and is ideal for supporting students on fully online
courses. See Task 14 for details of how to build a Learning Module.
Task 4: C reate a F ile
You can create an HTML file from scratch within your Sandpit .
a. Click on the Add F ile button from the top menu bar and select Create
File. The Create File screen appears.
b. Type in Title, select the Enable HTML Creator button to format your text
c. Click Save.
d. Select Customise Link from the Action Links menu.
e. Type in Custom Title & Description.
f. Tick the small check box ‘Open in a new browser window ’.
g. Click Save.
h. Once you have saved your file, click on the Student View tab to see how
Note: Always check all entries in Teach/Student View mode!
Task 5: Create a Web Link
a. Open a new browser window by selecting File > New Window.
b. Identify a web link that you'd like to include in your module - open a new
browser window and search for one if necessary. Make a copy of the URL
by highlighting it and selecting "ctrl-c" on the keyboard.
c. Back on the Home Page, go into a Folder you created earlier.
d. Go to the top menu bar; select Add Content Link > We b Links >
Create Web Link.
e. Type in Title & Description.
f. Press "ctrl-v" next to URL bar to copy in the URL.
g. (Remember to) Always tick "open in new browser window ".
h. Click Save.
Now, think about how you might engage the student and f acilitate learning
experiences rather than delivering more content-let's add more tools.
Task 6: Adding More Tools
a. From the Course Tools menu, click on Ma nage Course > Designer
b. Tick appropriate tools (follow trainers advice)
c. Click Save.
d. To get you back on the Home Page, c lick on Course Content under Course
Clicking on the link Course Content will return you to
the Home Page.
If you cannot see the Course Tools menu, click on
the Expand or Collapse Menu Area.
------------------------------PART 3: Communication Tools --------------------
Task 7: C reate a Discussion/Problems Forum (but be sure to always begin
the discussion thread and set aside time during the term to moderate and
a. Go to the top menu bar, select Add Conte nt Link > Discussions >
Create Discussion Topic.
b. Select ‘Threaded topic’ and click on the next button.
c. Add Title: Problems Forum.
d. Notice the Grading, Peer Review and topic Behaviour Options.
e. Careful: never allow anonymous or editable posts.
f. Click Save.
NOTE: We recommend that you use the Threaded Discussion Topic, not
blog or journal options.
Task 8: Create a Chatroom/Office Hours
a. Go to top menu bar, select Add Conte nt Link > Chat > C reate Chat
b. Type in Title.
c. Add max users (for a regula r chat session <5 students only).
d. Notice options.
e. Click Save.
Task 9: Try out the Who‟s Online (in Sta ff Orie ntation Course)
Task 10: Announcements and Calendar
The Announcement tool allows you to keep students up-to-date with the latest
module related news and events.
a. Go to the top menu bar, select Announcements. The Announcements
b. Select Create Announcement and enter Title & Message.
c. Notice the options to select the recipients and to time the delivery of the
d. Select the small check box, Also de live rs as a pop up message to
ensure that the announcements pops-up ne xt time students log onto the
e. Click Send.
f. Once you have posted your Announcement, click on the Student View tab
to see how it looks.
The Calendar tool is a great way to keep track of key dates during your module
and to share information about events and assignments with your students.
a. Ensure you are in Build or Teach mode.
b. From the Course Tools menu, click Calendar. The Calendar screen
c. Select Add Entry.
d. Type in Title and Description.
e. Enter the date details.
f. Notice the options for setting Public or Private access to the entry.
g. Click Save. This returns you to the main calendar screen. As you will see,
the entry has been added to the calendar on the selected date(s).
-----------------PART 4: Assignme nt a nd Assessment Tool-----------------
The Assignment tool allows you to create individual and group assignments for
students. You can review, grade and publish submitted assignments, and enable
students to take back and edit their assignments.
Task 11: C reate an Assignment/Submiss ion Box
a. In Build mode, go to top menu bar, select Add Conte nt Link >
b. Select Create Assignment > Type in title and short description text .
c. Type in assignment Instructions or upload instructions (we recommended
that for long text you create an MS Word file).
d. Explore assignment settings (submission format, recipients, dates etc.)
e. Click Save.
Task 12: C reate an Assessment
a. In Build mode, go to top menu bar, select Add Conte nt Link > Select
Assessment > C reate Assessment
b. Type in Title and short description.
c. Notice quiz, self-test, survey options.
d. Click Save.
e. Select newly created assessment and then Create Questions .
f. Choose question type and begin creating quiz.
Task 13: Try out Selective Re lease for hiding content & tools
a. Tip! Look under Designer Tools
Note: in WebCT every tool can be selectively released either to students
or to predefined dates.
---------------For Fully Online De livery: More advance d Features-----------
The advantage of creating a Learning Module for your course materials is that it
allows you to create and arrange a variety of resources to one WebCT page. For
example, you can add WebCT tools easily and link the Learning Module to
discussion boards, assessments, and quizzes to support and engage students
Task 14: Build a Learning Module
a. In Build mode: Select Learning Module from Course Tools menu (left
b. Select Create Learning Module.
c. Type in Title and short description, e.g., Week 2/Nov. 14-27.
d. Create link to Module Materials by ticking box next to title and selecting
Module Materials from pull down menu.
e. Click little green arrow.
f. Done! Check by going to Home Page (little house on left menu bar) and
then Module Materials.
Task 15: C reate a Heading in Learning Module
a. In Build mode: Go to Module Materials and select Week 2 (Learning
b. Select Create Heading.
c. Type in, e.g. , Unit 1.
Task 16: C reate a F ile in Learning Module
a. Stay in Week 2 (Learning Module).
b. Select Add File & Create F ile from top menu bar.
c. Type in Title, Enable HTML Creator and begin writing (best for only short
d. Copy (“ctrl-c” on keyboard) a chunk of text (e.g. learning objectives)
from a previously opened WORD doc and paste (“ctrl-v”) directly into
HTML creator box and now Enable HTML Creator and edit appropriately
with the help from facilitators.
e. Click Save.
Task 17: Upload a F ile into Learning Module (if you have created some web
a. Select Add File & Browse for File from top menu bar.
b. Select My Computer and browse for your f ile.
c. Click OK.
------------------------Turnitin®UK Plug-in-short guida nce--------------------
To use the text matching software, Turnitin®UK w ithin WebCT you are referred to
the comprehensive guidelines available on the Edinburgh Napier plagiarism
website at http://www2.napier.ac.uk/ed/plagiarism/staff-TurnitinUK.ht m.
During this session we can show you how to create the Turnitin®UK inbox as
1. In the BUILD mode select ‘Add Content Link’ from the top menu bar.
2. Choose ‘Turnitin®UK Assignment’ from the drop dow n menu.
3. Select ‘Create Turnitin®UK Assignment’
4. Type in the title of your Assignment and click ‘Create…’
5. Still in the Build mode you will be taken directly to the Turnitin®UK ‘create
assignment’ page. After ‘create a new’ select paper assignme nt, type in
a title and fill in the appropriate start and due dates (post date refers to
the date after which the Originality Report (OR) is available to your
students.) Leave point value blank. Choose no for rubric set and yes for
Originality Report and no for Advanced Assignment options for now. You
can go back and edit the assignment at a later date.
6. Scroll back to top and click ‘submit’.
7. The Turnitin®UK Assignment inbox has been created. You must switch to
TEACH mode in order to open the Assignment inbox.
8. You and your students could now submit written work via the ‘submit’
icon. HIDE from student view if you are still working on the assignment
--------------------------WebCT Portfolio-short guidance-----------------------
WebC T Portfolio, Log what you learn
Here at Napier you can use WebCT Portfolio to record the key things that you
learn about yourself, your subject, your aspirations and anything else you wish!
The portfolio tool is easy to use and allows you to create a dynamic web-based
portfolio. This allows you to collect, present, and reflect upon academic and
personal achievements over time.
1. Logon on to WebCT Portfolio at: http://www.napier.ac.uk/ed/portfolio/
1. There are two main sections on the WebCT interface; this is your work
area and left navigation bar.
2. Use the link navigation bar under the tabs to navigate WebCT. The
function of the navigation bar (called breadcrumbs) tracks your position.
Use this navigation area instead of pressing on the browser back button as
this may cause your screen to crash.
WebCT Staff Pages: www.napier.ac.uk/webct/staff
Technology-Enhanced Learning pages:
Digital Extracts Service - Digital copying for WebCT:
Supporting Online Discussions:
Be Wise, Don’t Plagiarise! website: http://www2.napier.ac.uk/ed/plagiarism/
Learning Object Repository (for inclusion w ithin WebCT modules):
Information Skills, including search strategies, NUIN and NUINlink, information
sources, and referencing awareness.
Contact: Laurence Patterson on x2580 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org
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