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General Information

Overview

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.

  • EasyWebsite lets users quickly and easily create and manage websites.
  • AdvancedWebspace provides advanced users with hosting for manually created websites.
  • WebsiteCopier lets users copy their past quarter EasyWebsite or AdvancedWebspace websites.
  • WebsiteLinker lets users associate a single website with multiple classes.

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!

link to Class Websites primer

Download the Class Websites primer (pdf, 44 KB)

The Class Websites primer tells your students:

  • What class websites are
  • Why class websites are helpful
  • How to access class websites
  • What restrictions may be placed on a class website
  • Where to find more help

Why build a class website?

Class websites can serve a wide variety of functions.

Some potential uses include:

  • A lifeline for students to access course materials, assignments, and supplementary material.
  • A simple, static website to provide students with information such as the class syllabus or schedule.
  • A previous quarter website left available to provide more information to students interested in enrolling.
  • A place to provide files for students to download, or links to useful resources.
  • A repository for study tools such as outlines, notes, and presentations.

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.

Instructors or assistants who do not want information to remain available may choose to restrict or delete websites.

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.

Getting started with a course website at UC Irvine

EasyWebsite

For in-depth information on using EasyWebsite, see:

EasyWebsite quick start:

  1. Choosing EasyWebsite
    1. Log in to EEE and go to your MyEEE page.
    2. Click WebsiteManager by the appropriate class.
      image of websitemanager link
    3. Click EasyWebsite.
      image of easywebsite
    4. You will now be ready to build your website!
  2. Adding content to your website
    1. Add pages and edit your content.
    2. When you are done editing your website, you are ready to publish!
  3. Publishing your website
    1. Click Publish.
      image of publish button
    2. Confirm your settings.
Your website is now available publicly, or with the restrictions you chose.

AdvancedWebspace

For in-depth information on using AdvancedWebspace, see:

AdvancedWebspace quick start:

  1. Choosing AdvancedWebspace
    1. Log in to EEE and go to your MyEEE page.
    2. Click WebsiteManager by the appropriate class.
      image of websitemanager
    3. Click AdvancedWebspace.
      image of advancedwebspace
    4. You will now be able to use the default or build your own, new website!
  2. Creating your website
    1. Start out with the default template created by EEE.
    2. Modify your content.
      1. Manually edit html pages with a text editor or directly through AdvancedWebspace.
      2. Create and/or edit content in an html editor application (i.e. Adobe Dreamweaver, Seamonkey Composer)
  3. Publishing your website
    1. If you write html files in a text editor or use an editor application, you will need to upload your files through AdvancedWebspace on EEE or SFTP.
    2. If you use the default template, or you edit your files directly in AdvancedWebspace, your website is already published!
You website is now available publicly, or with the restrictions you chose.

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!

WebsiteCopier

  • Minimum skill level: Beginner
    • Basic web knowledge (Example: Filling in a form, clicking a button)
  • Features:
    • Save time by reusing EasyWebsite or AdvancedWebspace websites you have already created
    • Automatically copy EasyWebsite restriction and publish settings as well as content
    • Automatically update EasyWebsite meeting and instructor information

WebsiteLinker

  • Minimum skill level: Beginner
    • Basic web knowledge (Example: Filling in a form, clicking a button)
  • Features:
    • Link to any website, whether it is hosted on EEE or elsewhere
    • Make all your updates for similar or cross-listed classes in one place when you link a single website

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.

image of class website link request notification on MyEEE

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.

image of Class Website Link Requests interface

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).

WebsiteCopier

For in-depth information on using WebsiteCopier, see:

WebsiteCopier quick start:

  1. Choosing WebsiteCopier
    1. Click WebsiteManager by the appropriate class.
      image of websitemanager
    2. Click WebsiteCopier.
      image of websitecopier link
    3. You will now be able to copy a website from a previous or current quarter.
  2. Creating your website
    1. Choose one or more classes to which you wish to copy a previous or current quarter website and click Next.
      Have cross-listed classes? Want to use an indentical website for multiple course codes?
      Instead of copying your website to each course code, use WebsiteLinker so all the course codes share one website, and you only have to make updates in one place!
    2. Choose the website you wish to copy and click Next.
    3. Double check that you have selected the right website to copy, and the right class or classes with which to associate a copy.
  3. Publishing your website
    1. If you copied an AdvancedWebspace website, the new website is already published.
    2. If you copied a previously published EasyWebsite, the new website is already published.
    3. If you copied a previously unpublished EasyWebsite, you will need to manually publish it.
      1. In WebsiteManager, click Edit Website by the appropriate website.
        image of edit link
      2. Click Publish your website.
        image of publish link
      3. Confirm your publish settings.
You website is now available publicly, or with the restrictions you chose.

WebsiteLinker

For in-depth information on using WebsiteLinker, see:

WebsiteLinker quick start:

  1. Choose WebsiteLinker
    1. Click WebsiteManager by the appropriate class.
      image of websitemanager
    2. Click WebsiteLinker.
      image of websitelinker
    3. You will now be able to bind classes to a URL of your choice, whether eternally hosted, or an existing EEE website.
  2. Create your website
    1. Enter the URL you would like associated as the class website.
    2. Check one or more of your classes without websites, and click Create Link.
      image of link it link
    3. The selected classes will now link to the URL you provided as the class website.
  3. Publish your website
    1. As soon as you click Create Link, the selected classes will link to the URL you provideed.
You website is now available publicly, or with the restrictions you chose.
Class websites are linked from enrolled students' MyEEE pages, the Class Website Index, and (allow 24 hours) the Registrar's Electronic Schedule of Classes (ESOC).

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:

  1. Click WebsiteManager.
    image of websitemanager
  2. Click Delete Website.
    image of delete website link
  3. For WebsiteLinker, Click Remove Link.
    image of remove link
  4. Complete the deletion/removal confirmation process.
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.

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.

Assistance

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.

The Workshops page also includes information on tutorials that can be accessed online, and other training offerred for UCI affiliates.

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.

Troubleshooting

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:

  • You may be viewing a different quarter on EEE — Switch Quarters
  • Students: You may not be officially enrolled in the class — Student Access
  • Assistants: Your instructor may not have added you in Assistants — Learn More
  • Instructors: Your Department Scheduler may have not added you to the Registrar's Electronic Schedule of Classes (eSOC)

Use the Missing Classes look-up tool to check your status and receive trouble-shooting help.