Class Websites — Instructors & TAs
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Since 1995, EEE has been providing instructors and authorized assistants with the ability to build and maintain class websites on EEE servers.
Today, EEE provides four different website management tools. Each tool can be accessed through WebsiteManager.
Prepare your students: Class Websites Primer
If you will be using a class website in your class, you can help prepare your students with the Class Websites primer. The primer is a one-page document that is ideal for printing and distributing to your students in class, or linking to from your class website!
Why build a class website?
Class websites can serve a wide variety of functions.
Some potential uses include:
How long will my website exist?
Unless a website is manually deleted, EEE will host the account indefinitely.
Visitors can browse previous quarter websites by visiting the Class Website Index and choosing the appropriate quarter from the dropdown menu in the top-right.
Note: After approximately two quarters, AdvancedWebspace accounts are locked and cannot be edited. If you need to edit a past quarter AdvancedWebspace website that has been locked, Contact Us.
Building a New Website
I'm building a new website. Which tool is right for me?
There are a number of factors that can affect your decision about which tool to use to create a course website. The decision tree included below can help guide you to the most appropraite tool. If you have any questions or would like additional help in selecting a tool, please feel free to contact us.
For in-depth information on using EasyWebsite, see:
EasyWebsite quick start:
Your website is now available publicly, or with the restrictions you chose.
For in-depth information on using AdvancedWebspace, see:
AdvancedWebspace quick start:
Copying or Linking a Website
I already have a website. Which tool is right for me?
If you already have a website that you want to associate with one or more of your classes on EEE, this information will help you decide which tool is best for you!
My student requested a link. What do I do?
If students know of an official class website that has not been associated with their class on EEE, they can report the website to ask instructors to add a link.
This most often occurs when an instructor of a cross-listed class builds a website for one section, but does not set up a link for the students enrolled under the cross-listed section.
If a student in your class reports a link, you will see a notification on your MyEEE page with a link to process the request.
You can choose to take no action, deny the request, or approve the request to add the link identifying the website as the official class website for the appropriate class.
If you approve the request and add the link, students in the appropriate class will see a new link to the identified website on their MyEEE pages, under the Class Website Index and after 24 hours, in the Registrar's Electronic Schedule of Classes (ESOC).
For in-depth information on using WebsiteCopier, see:
WebsiteCopier quick start:
For in-depth information on using WebsiteLinker, see:
WebsiteLinker quick start:
Website Security, Legal & Copyright Issues
What are the pros — cons of public or restricted websites?
Depending on your needs, you may wish to offer a publicly accessible website, or a website with some restrictions.
Publicly accessible websites are ideal for instructors who want to offer broad information that may be of use to non-students, or to potential students who may enroll in the future and are looking for more information.
However, if a website contains copyrighted or sensitive material, restrictions on all or parts of a course website may be advisable or necessary.
How do I restrict access to my website?
Restriction options vary depending on whether your website was built with EasyWebsite or AdvancedWebspace.
How do I delete my website?
Note: Deleting a website cannot be undone; your website and files will be permanently deleted and cannot be recovered.
Deleting your website:
Your class website and all of its files will be permanently deleted. Please allow 24 hours for updates to the Registrar's Electronic Schedule of Classes (ESOC).
Why can't I post student grades on my website?
Student grades should never be posted on class websites
Posting protected student information on a public location (classroom or office door, public class website) could violate university policies and even federal regulations protecting students' privacy. Even a restricted website is an unsecure location to post student grades because students may be able to see their peers' information improperly.
If you wish to distribute interim grades electronically, you can do so securely using EEE GradeBook or DropBox. Both tools are specifically designed to allow instructors and TAs to return information to individual students in a manner consistent with university policies and federal regulations.
How do I address potential copyright issues?
When publishing content to the Web is it very important to keep copyright issues in mind.
In particular, remember that any content you post publicly could potentially be taken and reused without your knowledge. It is a good idea to include written information on your copyright expectations, and to consider placing sensitive material in password protected, or otherwise restricted sections of your website.
If you are using WebsiteCopier, or have given assistants WebsiteManager access, please take a moment to review Important Copyright Information pertaining to WebsiteCopier.
Where can I go for syllabi pedagogy?
The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) provides a number of valuable services to UCI faculty, including pedagogical support and consultation.
For more information, please see the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) website.
Where can I learn more and get help building my website?
If you would like to learn more about websites and other tools, you may wish to browse the EEE Workshops. EEE Workshops are offerred each quarter, and provide valuable, free training to instructors and assistants.
You may also wish to contact your own department or school technical staff. Depending on your department or school, hands-on help with building a website may be available to you.
Why am I missing classes?
There are several reasons why classes may be missing. Some of the most common causes are listed below.
Common causes for missing classes:
Use the Missing Classes look-up tool to check your status and receive trouble-shooting help.