Adding to a ChemPath

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This section describes how to add pages to an existing ChemPath. Separate later sections describe how to add images, videos, and molecular structures (Jmols) to pages.

How to Add a Book Page

Click "Add Book page", one of the links at the bottom of any page.

ChemPaths will create a new page and display the editing screen. The items you can edit are the same as those you encountered when you initiated a ChemPath (see Initiating a ChemPath). Most of these items can be left exactly as they are, but you have to edit some of them and you may want to edit others.

Title. Each page must have a title, so add one at the top of the screen.

ChemPath outline. ChemPaths will assume that you want to add the page as a sub-page to the page you were on when you clicked "Add book page". You can place the page differently by using "ChemPath outline". This allows you to specify a book and parent page for the one you are creating. If you don't get this exactly the way you want at first, you can also use the "Customize" button at the top of the screen to change the order of all pages.

Body (text box). Now you are ready to add content to the Body section of your new page. Follow the editing instructions given on the Tools for Editing and Organizing page.

How to Add a ChemPRIME Page

ChemPRIME, another project of the ChemEd DL, houses a complete general chemistry textbook. (You can access the textbook chapter by chapter by clicking on "GenChem Textbook" from the top menu of this page.) ChemPRIME also includes Exemplars: general chemistry topics described within the context of various other areas: Biology, Geology, Food, Medicine or Everyday Life to name a few. All exemplars within a given area, such as Biology, are said to belong to the same track. Any textbook page or Exemplar can be used within your pathway. (Not every topic has an exemplar for every track, however, so we encourage you to get involved in building that instructor repository!)

Click "Add a ChemPRIME page" in the links at the bottom of any page. This will bring up an editing page that is similar to the page you used to initiate your ChemPath. The items on this editing page are listed below. The two most important items are described in detail after the list.

  1. Title. Enter the title for your new page. (You can edit this later if need be.)
  2. ChemPath outline. ChemPaths will assume that you want to add the page as a sub-page to the page you were on when you clicked "Add ChemPRIME page". You can place the page differently by using "ChemPath outline". This allows you to specify a book and parent page for the one you are creating. If you don't get this exactly the way you want before you save it you can also use the "Customize" button at the top of the screen to change the order of all pages.
  3. Introductory Text. You can leave the introductory text box blank. If you want to add something before the ChemPRIME page to orient students to the content of the ChemPRIME page, you can add it here. We have described in Tools for Editing and Organizing how to edit and add to what you put here..
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.
  6. Comment settings. 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 to "Read only." Or you can choose "disabled" for no comments at all.
  7. Wiki Page. This specifies which page from the ChemPRIME wiki will be included on this page. Directions are given below for finding and specifying the page you want.
  8. Page ID. Because the ChemPRIME wiki may be edited by many different people, the version of the ChemPRIME page displayed here could change over time. If you want to lock in the page that was in the ChemPRIME wiki at the time you created your page, follow directions below.
  9. 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.
  10. Authoring info. This section automatically indicates that you are the author; no changes are needed.
  11. Publishing options. There is nothing in this section you will ever need to change.
  12. Click "PREVIEW" and only then, click "SAVE".

The instructions for adding a ChemPRIME page are included in the Edit text, as you may need them routinely. They are shown below, as well. 

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How to Add Many ChemPRIME Pages at Once

All chapters and sections from CoreChem (the track in the ChemPRIME wiki  that contains a typical general chemistry textbook) have already been moved into ChemPaths. In ChemPaths, CoreChem is called "GenChem Textbook". It is available via a button at the top of every ChemPaths page. Having CoreChem already loaded in ChemPaths makes it possible to select many pages at once and insert them into a ChemPath. The process involves converting a chapter or section from the CoreChem textbook into a small ChemPath and then re-ordering pages to put the mini-ChemPath where you want it.

To copy a chapter of the GenChem Textbook, hover the mouse over "GenChem Textbook" at the top of the page and use the table of contents that drops down to find the chapter you want. Click on the chapter. This will open the chapter header page in the GenChem Textbook.

At the bottom of the page, after the list of sub-pages, click on the option: "Copy subtree". This will generate a copy of the chapter page and all of its sub-pages. You will be asked, "Are you sure you want to copy General Chemistry Textbook?"  Confirm that you want to copy the chapter. (It sounds as if you are copying the whole book, but you are not.)

Remember that copying an entire chapter could be very slow. Wait until the browser indicates it has finished loading (Safari: blue bar at top has stopped progressing from left to right and is now white; Firefox: firefoxwait.jpg has stopped spinning; Internet Explorer: a similar blue wheel will stop spinning). Then click "My ChemPaths" to get a list of all ChemPaths--including the mini-ChemPath you just made.

(It is possible that while copying a chapter you could get a blank white page indicating a time-out. Do not re-load: you'll simply make extra copies. You can click "Back" and go back to your original page, or to the home-page. From there, click on My ChemPaths.)

On the My ChemPaths page, the mini-ChemPath you just made will have the name of the chapter you copied from the GenChem Textbook. Click on this name. The chapter you selected should open.

Click "Outline" at the top of the screen. Part of the screen should look like this:

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Recall that "Outline" can help you organize your pages in hierarchies. Here, you can put the chapter you selected into a different book, with a different parent page. Above, we show adding a mini-ChemPath into a course pathway (Chemistry 104, Lecture 3, Spring 2011), under a given day's reading (W Jan 19). 

Once you have selected where you want the new chapter to reside, click the button "Update book outline" near the bottom of the screen. The mini-ChemPath  is now incorporated into the ChemPath you selected and has disappeared from the My ChemPaths list.

To choose which sections of the chapter to use and to place them into appropriate positions in the ChemPath hierarchy, use the "Customize" button at the top of the screen. Directions for using "Customize" are given in the Tools for Editing and Organizing section of this ChemPath. 

The next few pages can help with specific tasks.