Welcome to WebCT at CSUB
WebCT Version 4.1
Presented by Web Services
This presentation introduces several aspects of WebCT, which
include logging in, changing your password and login hint, and
accessing course features.
WebCT course features include, but are not limited to, viewing
course material, submitting assignments, e-mailing the
professor and classmates, participating in discussion topics,
chatting, and viewing your grades.
Depending upon how the course is set up, you may not have
access to all WebCT features.
WebCT Supported Browsers
Operating System Browser
Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/NT •Netscape 6.2x and 7.0
•Internet Explorer 5.0, 5.5, and 6.0
•AOL 7.0 and 8.0
Mac •Netscape 6.2.x
•Internet Explorer 5.1 (OS 9.x and OS
x.1) and 5.2 (OS x.2)
•AOL OS X
For best results with AOL:
1. Connect to the Internet using AOL version 4.0 or higher.
2. Open a private chat within AOL (allows the AOL client to
remain open without asking if you wish to disconnect while
3. Minimize AOL.
4. Launch a supported Browser.
NOTE: If you are using AOL 7.0 and 8.0 disregard this section.
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Operating System 98/Me/2000/XP/NT OS 9.x/OS X 10.1
Processor 133 MHz PowerPC/68040
RAM 32MB 32MB
Free Disk Space 100 MB 100 MB
Modem 28.8 kbps or faster 28.8 kbps or faster
check your browser cache and java settings. See items #3 and
#4 in the section, Preparing Your Computer Settings for WebCT,
which is in the main browser tune-up page.
To access Chat and Whiteboard using Netscape 6.2.1, you may
require an updated java plug-in. Read more in the WebCT
Support Knowledge Base.
Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is not supported.
Read more in the WebCT Support Knowledge Base.
NOTE: Information above provided by WebCT.com
Use this chart to determine if you can access your WebCT Course
WebCT ID and Password
Your WebCT ID is the same as your RunnerMail Username. For
example, the WebCT ID of John Smith (email@example.com),
would be jsmith.
Your initial password is the last five (5) digits of your Social
Security Number (SSN) or the last five (5) digits of your CSUB ID
If you have previously logged into WebCT, and changed your
password, use that password and not the last five digits of your
SSN or CSUB ID number.
Accessing your WebCT Course
1. Access the Internet through the use of a supported Browser.
2. Visit the WebCT at CSUB homepage: http://www.csub.edu/webct
3. At the main WebCT page, click on ‘Log In’.
Login and Logout
1. Enter your WebCT ID.
2. Enter your Password.
3. Select ‘Log in’.
To logout of WebCT, select the Logout option within WebCT, and
close the browser that is in use.
NOTE: If you have forgotten your password, contact Web Services.
When you first login to WebCT, you are required to change
your password. You must type your old password, type your
new password twice, and select ‘Update Password.’
NOTE: Changing your password is mandatory.
After you have changed your password, you are given the option
of creating a login hint.
This hint allows WebCT to send you an e-mail in the event that
you forget your password.
To set up your login hint select ‘OK’.
Change Login Hint
Below ‘Change Login Hint’ type in your e-mail address, a question,
and the answer. Select ‘Update login hint’
If you have previously logged into WebCT, it is a good idea to set-up
the login hint, in case you forget your password. This is done by
going to ‘Password Settings’ on the myWebCT interface.
The ‘Check Browser’ option allows you to check if the browser
being used is supported by WebCT.
If the browser is not
supported, click on the link
for the ‘Browser Tuneup
If the browser is supported,
return to the myWebCT
Password and Hint Check to see if you
settings, and are using a
Preferences. supported browser,
logout, and visit the
from the server
Here you will find
a list of your
Set up by the
NOTE: Read more about myWebCT Administrator
Enter the course
Interface here. and seen by
by clicking on
WebCT Course Homepage
To access any of the tools, click on the icon or icon name.
NOTE: The courses that your are enrolled in may offer these basic tools.
The tool icons and location may differ.
WebCT Help Link
help for most
On WebCT course pages, there is a ‘Help’ link that pertains to
the selected icon.
If you have questions concerning the page you are on, select
the ‘Help’ link.
When navigating through WebCT, use the ‘Breadcrumbs’ to
return your previous location.
With the above example, you are on the ‘Scores’ page, and
can return to the following pages: Quiz, Evaluation Tools,
This area allows the professor to list,
in a hierarchic format, documents for
To view the document click on the
A right-pointing green triangle next to a heading indicates that
there are subheadings which are not displayed.
Click the right-pointing green triangle to make the subheadings
After selecting a
content page, the
Action Menu will
Use the ‘Previous page’ and ‘Next page’ images on the
Action Menu instead of your browsers ‘Back’ and ‘Forward’
There are two ways the professor may present the course syllabus:
(1) Use WebCT. (2) Use Microsoft Word.
With either option, you can save and/or print the syllabus.
Allows you to test your knowledge about information concerning
the course. Your answers may include feedback for the
No grades are assigned or recorded, therefore it will not affect
your grade in the course.
The My Grades icon contains
grades for the course. If your
course does not have a My
Grades icon, then you will not be
able to view your grades within
Only you, the instructor, and
possibly an assistant will have
access to your grades.
On this page, you can view quiz
statistics, availability, duration,
grades, and attempts.
To begin a Quiz, click the title of
the quiz (WebCT Quiz 1).
Availability: date and time the quiz may be accessed.
Duration: amount of time to complete the quiz.
Grade: displays quiz grade
Attempts: number of times you have attempted the quiz, and
the number of attempts remaining.
Once you have clicked on the
title of the quiz, you are sent
to a page displaying
instructions for taking a
After you have read the
instructions, click ‘Begin quiz.’
When the quiz opens, use the maximize function (PC/Windows) or
resize the window to a larger size (Macintosh) on your browser, to
make the quiz size full screen.
NOTE: Read the instructions before beginning the quiz, it contains
information about the quiz layout, and troubleshooting methods.
To answer a question, select your response. Then click ‘Save
answer’. The Time Remaining and Questions Status are displayed
on the right side of the screen.
Once all of your questions are saved, select ‘Finish’ then select ‘OK’
to submit the quiz for grading.
Once the quiz is
submitted, you may have
the option of viewing your
If the results, and/or
questions and answers are
released, you will be able
to view the entire quiz.
This page also displays information about the time and date the
quiz was taken. Your grade is displayed at the bottom of this
NOTE: Depending upon how the quiz is set up, you may not be able to
view the results or questions and answers for the quiz.
The discussion board allows you to
post and read messages about
Click on the topic name to enter
the discussion board.
Search: find messages based upon certain criteria.
Topic Settings: specify the way messages are displayed.
Public: anyone in the course can post and read messages.
Private: topic is only open to, and viewed by, certain students.
Unlocked: you are allowed to post and read messages.
Locked: you are allowed only to read messages.
To post a message, click on
the topic name, and Select
To select another topic, use
the ‘Select topic’ option.
You have the options of showing all messages ‘All’, or only showing
the unread messages ‘Unread’.
To read a message click on the right-pointing green triangle found
underneath ‘Status’ then click on the subject link.
Discussions - Reading
Use the ‘Previous Thread’
option to read the previous
Use the ‘Next Thread’ option to
go to the next message.
Reply: reply to all members of the topic without including the
Reply Privately: reply is sent by e-mail to the person who posted
the message, and not to the discussion board.
Quote: include the original message in your reply to the topic.
Download: save the message to your computer.
Discussions - Posting
In the Subject text box, enter a
title for your message. In the
Message text box, enter your
You may also attach a file, by
browsing for the file, then
selecting attach file. Once the
file is attached, the option of
removing the file is provided.
Preview: view the message before posting it.
Once you post the message, select ‘Update listing’, to refresh the
page to see recent postings..
NOTE: You can attach more than one file by repeating the attachment steps.
Use the ‘Compose Mail
Message’ option to create
mail. To read your mail,
select the Inbox Folder.
The ‘Search’ option works
the same as it does in
discussions. The ‘Message
Settings’ is the same as
‘Topic Settings’ found in the
Options Manage Folders allows you to create additional folders.
The created folders can be renamed or deleted.
Options Messages allows you to delete and move messages to
E-Mail - Sending
WebCT E-Mail is separate from
other e-mail accounts you may
You can only send mail to the
professor and students who are
enrolled in the same course.
Your mail will not be sent to
other e-mail addresses unless
you change the settings within
E-Mail - Sending
After selecting ‘Browse’, to
select a recipient for your
message, highlight a name by
clicking on it.
Messages can be sent to more
than one person. This is done
by holding down the shift or
control key, while making your
Press ‘Select’ to return to the
message you are sending.
E-Mail - Reading
The ‘Forward’ option allows you to mail copies of the message,
you are viewing, to others in the course.
Equation and HTML Editor
The WebEQ Equation Editor allows you to create, view, and
edit complex mathematical equations and is available in
Discussions, E-Mail, Quiz, and Student Presentations.
To learn more about the Equation Editor visit Equation Editor
for Windows or Equation Editor for Macintosh.
The HTML editor provides word-processor-like features that
display text and graphics the same as they will appear in a
browser and is available in Discussions, E-Mail, Student
Presentations, and Student Homepages
To learn more about the HTML Editor visit HTML Editor
The professor may offer links to
websites that are related to the
To view the website, simply click
on the icon.
Close the new
window by using
If the link opens a new window, simple close the new
window and you will return to your WebCT course.
Chat allows users in the
course to have real-time
conversations and send URL
The last room (General Chat
for All Courses) is open to all
CSUB WebCT users.
To exit the chat room use
the ‘Quit’ button.
NOTE: The conversations in the first four rooms are recorded.
After typing your message, press ‘Enter’ to send.
To send a URL (web address), click the ‘Send URL’ button. To ensure
the correct URL is sent, copy the URL instead of typing it.
To send a private message, select the name, and send the message.
Other WebCT Tools
Search allows you to Glossary is a fully-
conduct a search for searchable glossary for
text within the course. course terms.
Content Compiler Whiteboard is a drawing
creates a custom tool that you may use
collection of course during an online
notes from the topics in discussion.
a Content Module.
Image Database view Assignments send your
pictures uploaded by the assignment directly to your
Resume Course is a Student Homepages
quick method for you to gives you the tools to
resume studying content create personal web pages.
pages where you left off.
Downloads and Plug-Ins
•Netscape Communicator – [PC/Windows] [MAC]
•Microsoft Internet Explorer – [PC/Windows] [MAC]
•Adobe Acrobat Reader
Allows you to view documents without having the program.
•Microsoft Word Viewer
•Microsoft Excel Viewer
•Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer
WebCT at CSUB
Student Technology Helpdesk
You are now ready to begin online learning
through the use of a WebCT course.