What are the steps in creating an on-line syllabus?

The following steps do not tell you how to carry them out. They simply outline the general process. We will cover much of the how during the workshop. Nevertheless, it is important to see the total process involved in creating and "hanging" an on-line syllabus. There are eleven steps in the process, at least as I see it.
  1. Determine the level of detail. Will it consist of only the typical syllabus material, or will it be more like an archive of handouts?
  2. Determine the web page design. If it is more like a simple course syllabus, then you probably will have few if any links. If it is going to be like an archive, then it will contain several links, and you may want to use tables or frames.
  3. Gather the materials you want to put on line. If the material is on disk as a word-processed document, then change it to a DOS text document. If it is only on paper, type it in Notepad and save it. If it is on-line, copy and paste addresses and titles to a Notepad file.
  4. Bring each document up in Notepad, put in the HTML coding, and save as a simple DOS text file with an htm tag.
  5. Test the document by opening the file in a browser (e.g., Netscape or Microsoft Explorer).
  6. Make adjustments in files by bringing them up in Notepad, changing, saving, and reloading in the browser.
  7. When the files are ready, transfer them to your on-line account. To do this, you will need to create a subdirectory titled public_html. Web files should be placed in in this subdirectory and the file name tags should be changed from htm to html. Change link commands so that they reference the new file names (with the html tag).
  8. If your webmaster has not activated your account link, ask him or her to do it, or contact ACS and ask them to do it.
  9. When you are in the public_html subdirectory, issue the mkmenus -d command to make the files readable by each other.
  10. Try accessing your files through the Web.
  11. Get the word out to the appropriate audiences about where and how to access your files.
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