CourseNotebook is an
experimental program and web site that is used to facilitate traditional-learning
as well as distance-learning courses. As you use this program remember
to always keep backup copies of your work and other important information.
In addition, do not count on the web site always being available as server
and network problems will occasionally occur.
- When you finish using
coursenotebook be sure to click the Logout link at the
top left hand corner of the coursenotebook screen.
- Adjust the settings
on the menu bar as desired and then click the Update button
to view the changes.
- To read a long message
click the read more of message hyperlink to the right
of the message. This will launch a new browser window that contains
the full text of the message. This also gives you an easy way to print
a single message.
- To post a message,
fill out the form at the bottom of the coursenotebook screen and click
the Post Message button. In general, post messages to
your class area rather than the All Courses area.
Main Menu Bar
The main menu bar consists
of three drop-down menu boxes, three text boxes, and an Update button.
The boxes from left to right are:
- Course Selection
Drop Down - this box lists the courses you are signed up for that
use the coursenotebook program. Click the drop down arrow and then click
on a course number. Press the Update button. Now all of the selections
you make below will relate to this course. The All Courses option lets
you take a look at messages posted in all of the courses on coursenotebook.com.
This gives you a way to visit with students in classes other than your
- Message Filter
by Type Drop Down - this box lists the options All Messages, Public,
Instructor, and Private. When you choose All Messages then no filtering
occurs. The Public option will show all messages except for Private
messages. The Instructor option will show special class messages posted
by the course instructor.
- Message Filter
by Time Drop Down - this box lets you filter out old messages.
- Number of Messages
Text Box- enter the maximum number of messages you would like to
view in this box and then press the Update button.
- Name Text Box
- You can enter the first few letters of a person's name and then
click Update to view all the messages posted by a user whose last name
begins with those same letters. For example, to see all of the messages
you have posted, set the Message Filter by Time Drop Down to All, enter
your last name in the Name Text Box, and then click the Update button.
- Subject Text Box
- You can enter the first few letters of a subject and then click Update
to view all the messages posted that have a subject that begins with
those same letters.
Each message consists
of 3 parts: a message bar on top, a message preview pane on the lower
left side, and a hyperlink pane on the lower right side.
The message bar displays
who posted the message. You can click on the [info] hyperlink to find
out more about the poster (you can set your own info by clicking the Settings
hyperlink). Next is the course area the message was posted to. If the
course name is underlined then it is a hyperlink to the course's home
page. Clicking on either of these hyperlinks will launch a new browser
window. Next, the date and time the message was posted is displayed. On
the next line down the subject of the message is displayed.
The message preview
pane shows the first paragraph of the message. The program determines
the end of a paragraph by locating two <br> tags (when you press
the enter key twice in a row) or the first <p> tag.
To see the entire text
of a long message you click on the "read more of message #xx"
hyperlink on the right side of the screen.
At the bottom of the
coursenotebook screen you will find a large textbox that you can type
messages into. By clicking on the Post Message button, the
new message will be posted to the list of current messages in this course
area. Instead of typing your message directly into the box, you might
want to copy (Ctrl C) and paste (Ctrl V) it from another program such
as NotePad or WordPad. When submitting homework, it is a good idea to
do it all first in Notepad or WordPad, run a spell check, and save it
on your floppy disk. Now cut and paste it into coursenotebook. This way
you will have a backup copy in case an error occurs during the posting
You have three radio
button selections to choose from when you post a message. These are:
- use this for the regular messages that you type. You can embed HTML
tags (see the list below), however, you do not need to specify paragraph
tags or line breaks.
- Pure HTML
- use this when you are cutting and pasting from pure HTML code. Copy
only the code after the body tag and before the /HTML tag. Make sure
the tags are from the list below. If not, they will simply print out
as plain text.
- Code - use
this option when you want your text spaced regular and when you want
any HTML tags ignored (they will be printed as plain text). This is
very useful for listing computer programs or HTML code. It could also
be used for poetry or other situations where you want to maintain a
certain spacing scheme (HTML usually removes all extra spaces).
The messages that you
post here are Public, meaning that everyone can read them.
You can embed HTML tags within your message as discussed below.
Before you start using
these tags, make sure you have a pretty good idea what you are doing.
Quick Reference or A
Beginners Guide to HTML for help on learning HTML. Most of these tags
work in pairs. For example, <b> turns on bold and then </b>
turns off bold. Be extra careful if you use tables. Make sure you have
</table> tags for each <table> you create or you will mess
up the formatting on all of the messages that follow. The accepted HTML
tags that you can use in your messages include tags that start (or end)
- a - anchor
tag defines a hypertext link
- address -
specifies information such as an address or signature
- b - the enclosed
text will be bold
- used for quoting a paragraph or more of text
- br - break
moves you down to the beginning of the next line (single spaces)
- center - the
enclosed text will be centered on the page
- cite - the
enclosed text will appear in italics
- code - the
enclosed text will appear in a fixed width font
- dd - definition
of an item in a definition list
- dfn - the
defining instance of a term
- div - defines
a section on the page and can be used for text alignment
- dl - a definition
- dt - a definition
term within a definition list
- em - the enclosed
text will be emphasized
- font - use
this to set certain font properties such as color or size
- h1 through
h6 - the enclosed text will appear as a heading
- hr - horizontal
- i - the enclosed
text will appear in italics
- img - inserts
- kbd - the
enclosed text will appear as a fixed width font
- li - an item
within an ordered or unordered list
- ol -defines
an ordered or numbered list
- p - paragraph
moves you down to start a new paragraph (double spaces)
- pre - the
enclosed text will appear preformatted as a fixed width font
- s - the enclosed
text will appear as strikethrough type
- samp - the
enclosed text will appear as a code sample listing
- small - the
enclosed text will appear in a smaller font
- strike - the
enclosed text will appear as strikethrough type
- strong - the
enclosed text will appear as bold
- sub - the
enclosed text will appear as subscript
- sup - the
enclosed text will appear as superscript
- table - organizes
data into rows and columns
- td - table
- th - table
- tr - table
- tt - the enclosed
text will appear in fixed-width type (typewriter type)
- u - the enclosed
text will appear underlined
- ul - defines
an unordered or bulleted list
Click the Settings hyperlink
at the top of the coursenotebook screen to access the settings area. Here
you can tailor coursenotebook so that it will start you with your preferred
settings each time you log in.