Below are video guides produced in 2018. A PDF guide to using WeBWorK is available from github.com. This PDF guide was updated in 2015, and may again be updated someday. With both the videos and the PDF guide, the intended audience is Portland Community College faculty, and there may be language/instructions that are specific to PCC. However WeBWorK-using faculty at other institutions may find these materials useful too.
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To Request a course shell for WeBWorK
Send an email to one of the addresses below, depending on your campus. (If PCC supports you, but you are not associated with one of PCC's campuses, you may write to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Use your pcc.edu email address, since these are PCC-managed Google groups, and they may reject mail from non-pcc.edu addresses.
...with the following information. (Note that your G number is no longer needed.)
- What term is the shell for?
(If not associated to any term, say so. But such situations should be rare.)
- What course number?
(e.g. MTH 60. If not associated to a specific course number, say so. But such situations should be rare.) You may want to note that we have default homework sets available for MTH 20, 60, 65, 95, 111, and 243. For other courses, we may have something useful as well.
- If you have multiple sections of one course, do you want separate WeBWorK shells?
And if you want separate shells, please list all the CRNs. (If not, no need to look up the CRN.)
- If you want to manage all the sections through a single WeBWorK shell, then please explicitly say so.
When you manage more than one course through a single shell, you can still manage separate due dates, etc. However you need to learn a little more about the Instructor Tools. Do not manage multiple sections through a single WeBWorK shell if you are using Desire2Learn with multiple D2L shells and you want WeBWorK integration.
- Is there an existing course that you would like copied? Like from the previous term? Or last year? Or someone else's course and you have their permission? Please note: copying does not copy the active, assigned homework sets. Nor does it copy any student data. All that it copies is files that are inside the course's templates/ folder. This will include the file that has your Course Info panel information. But if you really want homework sets to be copied, you have two options:
- In the older course, you need to use the Hmwk Sets Editor to "export" the problem sets. This makes .def files that you can see in the course's File Manager. Then when the course is copied, these files will be copied, and you may use the Hmwk Sets Editor in the new course to "import" the problem sets. It is your responsibility to do this before you request a course to be copied, or you need to go on to item 2 here.
- We can copy the course even if you did not export the problem sets into .def files. Then you can enter the old course, make the .def files, download them to your computer, and upload them into the new course. For the downloading step, it is easiest to ctrl-click each of the .def files to highlight them all, and then click to "Make Archive". This creates a single .tgz compressed file that you can download all at once. When you upload the .tgz file into the new course, it will unpack automatically into the various .def files. Then you may use the Hmwk Sets Editor in the new course to "import" the problem sets.
- If you have no prior course to copy, you just want the "default" course shell. It helps to explicitly say so.