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Creating a Course Website with CommonView

CommonView allows you to create and publish a course Web site—or “Workspace” in CommonView’s language—by typing information into a template and uploading files. CommonView translates your text into HTML coding and publishes your pages to the web with the click of a button. CommonView can be the central "go to" place for all of the resources and tools that students will need for your course.

Some of the features for a course website include:

The CommonView course home page pictured below is an example of the most straightforward approach to building a site. The Calvin and Hobbes cartoon is an image file uploaded via the rich text editor. Links to course Catalyst tools--the welcome survey and assignment dropbox--were created by selecting Add Catalyst tool from the Add content drop-down menu. The announcements box reminds students of important due dates and appears on every page of the site. The colored sidebar on the left side is a menu of the site's other pages, or "Views" in CommonView's language. To create a new page, the user simply chooses Add a new view. The home page image below depicts the owner's view, so the drop-down menus and icons (the pen, the rabbit in the hat and the "X") that enable making changes to the page are visible. Students viewing the page will not see these elements.

Image of a CommonView Course Homepage



Getting Started with CommonView

Creating a New CommonView Site

  1. Go to the Catalyst Web site.
  2. Select “Web Tools Login” from the top of the welcome page and enter your UW Net ID and password when prompted. If you have never used a Catalyst tool before, you will be prompted to enter your name and other information.
  3. Once you have logged in, your account page will appear. In the Catalyst Web Tools icon bar on the top right of the page, click on the CommonView icon. In the dialogue box that opens, click on Create a CommonView workspace.

    Image of the Catalyst Web Tools account interface
  4. You will be prompted to name your workspace. Choose a name that students will easily recognize as your course. They may have more than one CommonView site in their Catalyst accounts.
  5. Now you are ready to begin building your site. You will see that instructions are embedded within the "workspace" template. The Catalyst CommonView Help Center also has detailed instructions for how to create and manage your site. The menu is copied at the bottom of this section with active links to each topic.
  6. Your students will not be able to access the site until you have set participant access and opened the workspace's availability. To complete both of these functions go to the Access & Roles menu underneath the title of your workspace. A screen like the one pictured below will open.

    Choose edit in the Participant Access box to set the desired level of access (general public, anyone with a UW NedID or to your class only). Choose open in the Workspace availability box to "publish" your site.

    image of CommonView Access and Roles management page


Other Ways to Use CommonView

Although Common View was designed to help instructors author course web sites, you may use the tool for other purposes:



Sample CommonView Sites

Sample Course Sites

Other Sample Sites



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