Using the Coursework Server for your Classes
The Coursework server provides for a standard URL naming convention that gives a unique address for each student to host his/her course-related material. The server is not authenticated or encrypted, meaning that anyone can view any material posted on the server. Coursework provides universal read and secured write, and supports delivery of both HTML contents and documents in native format. The benefit of using Coursework is that that the posted materials can be accessed via any common web browser (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari). Depending on your preferences, you can put up an HTML page to introduce your documents or simply post the documents for listing and reading. When on campus you must use the UHCLPrivate wireless network to access Coursework.
The naming convention for each course-specific site is composed of three components:
- Server URL (http://coursework.uhcl.edu)
- Course Identifier (subject + catalog number + section), and
- Userid of the student. As an example, given a student whose Userid is “jonesr” and is a member of INST5635-01 the unique address for the student’s coursework site would be http://coursework.uhcl.edu/inst5635-01/jonesr .
Example: For a student whose Userid is “jonesr” and who is a member of INST5635-01, the unique address for the student’s Coursework site would be http://coursework.uhcl.edu/inst5635-01/jonesr.
Typically, each web site has a beginning or startup document that contains the necessary links to all other pages in the Web site. The Web server provides automatic startup of the Web site if a “Default.htm” document is present within the student’s directory. If the “Default.htm” document is not present, then the document name must be provided by the student to start the web site. As an example, assume the student “jonesr” from INST5635-01 web site and has placed a “Default.htm” document in the coursework site. When the user enters in the address, http://coursework.uhcl.edu/inst5635-01/jonesr, the default document will automatically start. However, if the student calls the beginning document “myhome.htm,” the web site will not automatically start and the student will have to provide the following address to the users: http://coursework.uhcl.edu/inst5635-01/jonesr/myhome.htm
FTP server URL
Coursework address/URL: http://coursework.uhcl.edu
The master folder for the Coursework server is called COURSEWORK. The COURSEWORK folder contains a sub-folder for each supported class. Each class folder contains a sub-directory for each student enrolled in the class.
OIT provides provides each student with 5 gigabytes disk space to for their Coursework-related material.
Faculty Access Request
Any faculty member teaching a class in which web-related assignments are required may request creation of a Coursework site. The faculty member should submit a request via email to the OIT Support Center at least one week before the first day of class.
A folder will be created for each student enrolled in the class. Folders are created through an automated process each night.
Connecting to Coursework