Note: some of this is opinion
rather than fact. If some of you have different experiences, please let
Many of you compose your content
with Microsoft Word and then upload the files into Blackboard. This works
- All your users have Word
on their computer. For Word to work, it needs to be installed on a computer.
- Your user has sufficient
RAM to have Word and a browser (IE or Netscape) both open.
- Your user has a fast enough
connection to get the file to open (Word files can be 5 times the size
of an HTML file).
So even if you save in .rtf
(Rich Text Format) your students could have a problem. Some labs on our
campuses don't have Microsoft Word. I understand there might be a free
reader from Microsoft...but I'm unable to find it on their web site.
So what should you do if you
work in Word, save as HTML. This way, the document you upload will
display correctly (not perfectly rendered...but most formatting will
be retained.) Save first as a Word document (.doc)...and then save
as HTML. The HTML which Word produces is very messy (unless you are
using Mac Office 98). But it is a pretty good solution. To alter the
document, open up the .doc and then save it again as .html.
better solution is to download from Sun.com the Star Office Suite.
It is free, and does a much better job at producing HTML.
A much better
solution is to work in a good WYSIWYG HTML editor (like Dreamweaver
or GoLive) or even FrontPage (which has problems of its own but is
free for SLCC computers).
Dreamweaver is very close
to Word...and in a couple of weeks you should be able to use it with equal
facility to using Word (not pushing the program...but just doing normal
formating, tables, etc.)
Hope this helps clarify the