Help:Course

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This page is generally oriented towards readers and editors of pages within a course folder that has already been set up.
The companion page, Help:Blackboard, is primarily for instructors.

The QED service is structured into "namespaces" such as Help:, Course: and User:. The Course: namespace is for courses. Only logged-in users can read pages in the Course: namespace, and additional access restrictions can be imposed as described below.

If you are a participant in a course for which access to the QED pages has been restricted, then you will have to login using the Wiki link for the course in Blackboard. You should subsequently be able to access the QED pages for the course by logging in to QED directly. Of course, you will still be able to use the Wiki link in Blackboard, which will take you directly to the main page for the course on QED.

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Navigation

The home page on QED for most courses can be directly accessed using the search box above the Go button:

  • Type Course: followed immediately by the standard course identifier, e.g. Course:AST554
  • Click the Go button

In some cases, the folder name for a course may not be the standard identifier, but following the procedure above should at least give further information.

One way to find a complete listing of course pages (or a complete listing of pages for a course) is to click on the Index button in the navigation box on the left, and then select the Course: namespace. Equivalently, click here to go there now.

Page Names

One way to create a new page in the folder for a course (say ABC123) is to prefix its name with Course:ABC123/ (e.g. Course:ABC123/Tips). Another way is to use relative links as illustrated in the example below.

On QED, the "/" character in page names is used for creating a hierarchical structure in a way that is roughly similar to the hierarchical directory structures of computer operating systems. However on QED one should never begin a page name with a "/".

Example

To create a "Tips" page in connection with the Course:ABC123 folder, you could enter the following text on the Course:ABC123 page: [[/Tips]]

This would be equivalent to entering the much more verbose text: [[Course:ABC123/Tips|Tips]].

Organization

Generally, the organization of pages within the Course: namespace should be as "flat" as possible. This does not imply that the overall organization needs to be flat. For example, each page can have multiple layers of organization within it. However we suggest avoiding "Course:ABC123/2005/Student/Project/Einstein on the Fritz" in favor of "Course:ABC123/2005/Einstein on the Fritz".

See [1] for details and examples.

Page Contents

One way to support navigation is to include a dynamically-generated list of subpages by inserting the following string at the desired insertion point:

{{ls}}

See QED:List Subpages for details.

Another way to support navigation within a course (say, CLA216) is to use a navigation template. For example, if a template named CLA216 has been suitably defined, one would include it as follows:

{{CLA216}}

See Help:Navigational Templates for further details and other template-based approaches.

Access Restrictions

On QED:

  • write-access is always limited to logged-in users;
  • within the Course: namespace, read-access is also limited to logged-in users.

Instructors can impose more restrictive policies —

If you want to restrict access to images or files that are to be (or have been) uploaded for a course, please see Help:Restricting Access to Uploaded Files.

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