Cutting and Pasting from Existing Text
Many instructors have course materials from previous semesters. It is possible to incorporate this material without retyping or reformatting anything. In this example, you will open the Syllabus file that already exists in Microsoft Word, and copy the content into the syllabus for the CourseSite.
First, locate and open the syllabus file in Microsoft Word or another word processing program.
Step 1: Keep the browser program running, but locate and open your word processing program.
Step 2: Choose File, Open from the program, and locate the syllabus.doc file from your sample data.
Step 3: Switch back to your browser window.
Step 4: Click Control Panel and then select Course Information from the Page Editors area.
Note: For the purpose of this exercise, the syllabus is placed into Course Information. However, as an instructor, you can place files in whichever area is appropriate for your course.
Step 5: Click Add Document.
Step 6: From the Select Document Title area, choose Other from the drop down box.
Note: For the purpose of this exercise, you will create a new document title called syllabus. However, you can also opt to select a pre-determined title from the drop down box.
Step 7: In the text field next to Or, if you do not want to use one of the predefined Titles, enter a new Title, type: Syllabus.
Step 8: Switch over to the Microsoft Word program.
Step 9: Click and drag over the text in the Syllabus file to select it. Use the menu bar and choose Edit, Copy or click the Copy icon.
Step 10: Switch back to the browser window. Click in the Enter Information Below text box.
Step 11: Choose Edit, Paste to place the text in the field.
Step 12: Set the HTML options to Smart Text. This will preserve all line spacing for the text.
Step 13: Click Submit to complete the process.
Step 14: View the syllabus by clicking Return to Course and then clicking Course Information.
Cutting and Pasting HTML Text
Content that has been HTML coded can also be added into a course. However, there are a few items that you must do to insure the text appears correctly.
For more detailed information on working with text, please see the associated section in the Instructors Guide.