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Students today expect online access to course materials. Depending on your instructional goals and technological comfort level, this need can be addressed in a variety of ways.
If you want to control access to course materials so that only registered students have access to it, the easiest way is through an LMS (Learning Management System) such as Moodle. When you request a Moodle course it automatically handles the enrollment from Spire and controls who can access the materials in your course. Posting announcements, links, and files in Moodle is simple.
Moodle can also be used to host a variety of online learning activities such as written forums, quizzes, assignment dropboxes, and more.
To learn more about Moodle:
- Review our Moodle support documentation at: http://www.oit.umass.edu/moodle
- Attend one of the 'Moodle Preview' sessions we're offering this spring and early summer. For more information and to register, go to: https://etna.oit.umass.edu/public/workshops
- Request a Moodle course at https://www.oit.umass.edu/support/moodle/request-your-moodle-course-overview
- Set up a time for a one-on-one consultation with staff in our Instructional Media Lab (firstname.lastname@example.org | 413-545-2823).
If you don't need to control access to your course content, or wish it to be available to everyone who is interested in the course, you can use a blog. Blogs can be created for specific courses and used to post announcements as well as static files. Accessed blogs can be controlled, but that is not as easy as using the Moodle LMS.
For more about blogs see Blogs for Instructors.
If you simply want to post files that you can then link to from e-mails, tweets, or other online communications, consider UDrive. UDrive is an online file management system (XYTHOS) that helps you post and share files. These files can be made available to the public or restricted to specific tickets for individuals. It is especially useful as an alternative to filling people’s email boxes with attachments.
For more about using UDrive with your courses see UDrive for Instructors.
For instructors with the interest and technical skill to create websites from scratch using HTML, Dreamweaver, or another Web editor, OIT provides a hosting service. An empty directory can be provided for a class or an individual who wishes to create a website using their own code. Not for everyone, but it offers a high degree of control of how a Web page looks and behaves.
For more information on how to build a Web site from scratch for your course using web-editing tools, see: