Step 1: Request a SSW CommonView Template
Submit your request for a template using this online form:
Once your template has been created, you will receive an email with instructions on how to log into your course template. You can then use the custom template to plug in content from your syllabus. PLEASE DO NOT ADD YOUR CLASS LIST OR OPEN YOUR TOOLS UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO SHARE THEM WITH YOUR STUDENTS (SEE STEPS 5 & 6).
Step 2: Update Your Course Home Page
Once you have logged into your new course template, update your course home page (labeled Course Home on the navigation menu). This is the first View (page) your students will see. It’s good to include summary information about the course, such as:
- course number and full title
- course meeting times/dates
- contact info for instructor and teaching assistant
- course description and objectives
- CSWE Competencies and Practice Behaviors the course addresses
Step 3: Plan and Create Your Site Structure (or use the existing structure in the SSW template)
A good and simple way to create your site’s structure is to split up your syllabus into different sections (i.e., Course Schedule, Assignments & Grading, Readings, Handouts, etc. – whatever makes the most sense for your course). Use these sections to create additional Views (and the navigation menu) for your site. Alternatively, you could just plug in your course content into the existing Views in the SSW template.
How to Create Additional Views (and Navigation Menu)
Click on “Add a New View” to create additional Views (pages) for your site. Each View’s name will be added to the navigation menu.
To add content to a View:
- Click on the View you would like to edit.
- Within the View, click on “Add Content” and select “Rich Text” from the pull-down list. Here, you can either start typing the text directly into the space provided or cut & paste from your Word document (warning: cutting and pasting from Word documents can be tricky when they contain lots of extra formatting – it’s best to keep formatting to a minimum). You can also add a file, a link, or any other things mentioned in the pull-down list.
- You can re-order the navigation menu by clicking on a View name and dragging it to the position you prefer on the menu.
- Keep View names short and to-the-point to conserve space on the menu and make it easier for your students to find specific items.
Add Interactive Tools (discussion boards, surveys, GradeBook, etc.)
See How to Add Interactive Tools for a description of the available tools and instructions on how to incorporate them into your course website.
Step 4: Preview Your Site
To see how your site will appear to your students, click on “Preview” (near the top of your site). You can then make any changes you see fit to optimize your site for your students.
Step 5: Open Your Course Tools
Once your site is ready to be shared with your students, you will need to open your course tools via your Account Page. See Open or Close a Tool Now for instructions.
Step 6: Restrict Your Course Tools to YOUR Students Only
See How to Restrict your Course to Your Students ONLY for instructions.