Authoring methods

There are several ways that a faculty member can expand course material
- accessing course files with PEOI procedures and making changes in them
- uploading files (after obtaining PEOI permission)
- editing files with Telnet or SSH (after obtaining PEOI permission)
- submitting entire html files to PEOI to place in courses
- sending comments and email messages to PEOI for corrections

The procedures on PEOI are specifically intended to deal with the most common changes in course and questions files. For security purpose, changes take effect the following day after PEOI editors have verified that the modified files have not been inadvertently damaged. Generally speaking, the procedures make sure that files are saved in the format that meets system requirements, but there is no need to jeopardize safety for sake of haste, and verification is an adequate safeguard. Naturally, only a PEOI registered author and faculty member can use these procedures, and only for the courses he/she is registered to teach and edit.

The procedures can only be used for existing file updating or occasionally for adding a section or subsection, but not to create an entire new course from scratch. For this PEOI staff must set up a number of organizational files and the content files. For new course offering or for voluminous additions, the best solution is for authors to prepare all new course material in a normal word processor as text files and forward these files by email to PEOI for processing with html editing software and uploading.

Permission to upload files or to edit files with Telnet/SSH can only be given to individuals with a high degree of demonstrated experience with html.


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