Initiating a ChemPath
Here is where you start implementing your plan for the online learning experience (remember the first key point on the Before You Begin screen?) Have your organization, content, links, and any other material you will need ready. Then
- Add a book page. Your ChemPath must start with a "Book page", so click on "Add Book page" at the bottom of this (or any other book) page. An editing window will open.
- Add a title. Enter the title for your ChemPath. (You can edit this later if need be.)
- Make this a new book. Click on "ChemPath Outline" near the top of the editing window to expand the outline section. Choose "<create a new book>" from the pull-down menu. Also, decide whether you want anyone else to be able to contribute to this ChemPath. If you do, unclick the box "Make Personal." (You can just ignore "WeightA measure of the gravitational force on an object; directly proportional to mass.." This is handled elsewhere.)
- Add content to Body. Here is where you put the content you want students to see when they view this book page. Because this page is the first one in the ChemPath, an overview of the course or learning module would be advisable. Possibly a set of links that students should have on hand (to their Learning Management System such as Moodle, or to a frequently used page for lab). How to edit and add to what you put here is described in the section Tools for Editing and Organizing.
- Input Format. Leave this section as it stands. (HTML experts will want to open this section later to learn more about how things are coded in ChemPaths. However, you don't need to be an HTML expert to use ChemPaths, so you need never expand this section.)
- Revision Information. As you revise, it is useful to add notes to this section to explain what you changed in each revision. For now, leave this as it stands.
- Comments. This section controls whether users of the page can add comments. The default ("Read/Write") is to allow reading and writing of comments. If you feel that a page is getting too inundated with comments, but you don't want to remove them, you can simply change it to "Read only." Or you can choose "disabled" for no comments at all.
- File attachments. Use this section to upload an attachment file for this page. File attachments will appear at the end of the page for students to click and download. (A sample file attachment has been added to this page so you can click on it and download the file.)
- Authoring info. This section automatically indicates that you are the author; no changes are needed.
- Publishing options. There is nothing in this section you will ever need to change.
- Click "PREVIEW" and only then, click "SAVE". Congratulations on making your first page!
Now that you have initiated the ChemPath,you can add text, links, images, videos, 3-D molecular structures (Jmols), and new pages to it. Click "Adding to a ChemPath" to see how.