This G.E. class has two main objectives, stated in the course description
and reflected in the assignments you will be working on.
The first is to learn about many aspects of the University's ten thousand
acres of land from lectures, readings in the textbook and website, guided
walks to many locations and your own research. The land consists of
what is created by nature,geology, climate, vegetation, wildlife,and the impacts
upon that natural landscape by human uses and impacts, in other words, technology.
In this broad sense, learning about the land's archaeology and history,
its present and projected uses for agricultural production and resource extraction,
its value for research, teaching, recreation and housing, ways in which
it has been degraded and restored, as well as its complex infrastructure of
communication, transportation and utilities all involve the study of technology.
The second main objective of the course is to provide students with
a hands-on knowledge of technology. This will be provided by your production
of web pages that contribute additional knowledge about the land to the Cal
Poly Land Website.
This is the first of several instruction sheets on how to proceed
with your group project.
After you've taken some time to familiarize yourself with the content
and format of the Cal Poly Land website http://polyland.calpoly.edu/index.htm
When you type a web URL [Universal
Resource Locator] like those above, you provide the internet
with instructions to find an address. "Http://"
stands for "Hypertext. transfer protocol" notifying computers that
you are using the worldwide web. Hypertext means text in which links to other
objects, such as webpages, pictures, sound clips or movies can be embedded.
In the above addresses, "polyland" indicates the folder
[or directory] that contains the 7000 files that
make up the pages and images on the website. "Polyland"
resides on a server--a computer which
serves files to other computers--which is located
at "calpoly," a domain including
all of Poly's computers, which is contained in the larger doman of all educational
The pages that come up in your web
browser--either Netscape or Explorer or Safari or Firefox--are written in a code
called "Html" –for "hypertext
markup language," which you will not have to learn to produce pages for
this class, but which is helpful to know something about. Every web page's
address ends with ".html" or ".htm" to signify that it's
written in this code.
The work that we do this quarter will all be contained in a
Cal Poly Land folder that simulates the folder on the "Live" polyland site. It's
address is: http://cla.calpoly.edu/polyland/index.html
This simulated site is housed in a section of the "cla"
[college of liberal arts] server accessible only to those who have the log-in
name and password. At the end of the quarter, after it's been critiqued
and revised, the new work will be loaded on to the official Polyland site and
made available to the general public.
Making or changing web pages is done with an application [or program]
called an editor. Dreamweaver,
produced by Macromedia Corporation, is the editor supported at Cal Poly and
found on all university computers. You will be using Dreamweaver to
make web pages that fit into the Cal Poly Land website. Your pages will
be generated from a template that includes the standard logo and left hand
menu bar. They will use some materials from other parts of the site,text,
pictures, maps, and links-- as well as materials that you get from elsewhere
or produce from scratch. Some of you may decide to alter or abandon
the templates in parts of your project, but before doing so you should check
with an instructor for cautions and suggestions.
The procedure outlined below for making, checking, and loading your
webpages may seem cumbersome at first, but after a few times should
go quickly. You will be working with two servers. The first is
"Hagrid," a file server containing the folder, "Stuff,"
that contains the folder "Polyland" that functions as the
"source" or "root folder" which everybody in the
class is sharing for their pages. On "Polyland" in "Stuff"
in "Hagrid," you will find the templates for your pages and you
will save the pages you make.
Following the instructions below each time you work on your site,
you will be able to place "Stuff" on the desktop of the computer
you are using, open it through Dreamweaver, and make additions and changes
to the files on it. Once you have finished a work session, you
will upload [or copy] your new files from Hagrid,
the file server, to the CLA server, your remote
test server. It serves your pages to anyone with the appropriate
URL and password.
Note: Computers are finicky.
When following these procedures you have to get the letters, numbers and spaces
you use to communicate with them just right. Watch out for upper
and lower case, spaces and whether slashes are forward (/) or back (\)
Accessing Hagrid, the File Server
From a Windows XP computer
rightclick on "My Network
Places" and select "Search for Computers"
and click "Search"
Double click on the name of the server in right window
In login window, type in the login name--for example, "agria" or "hista"--and password of your group's work
folder. That password will be provided to your group by the instructor. .
uncheck "save password"
This will place the Hagrid File Server window on your desktop, connecting your computer to Hagrid through the campus network. Close this window and ignore it from now on. Do not try to access the server through it. You will be doing that only through the Dreamweaver application.
From a Macintosh with OSX:
In the Finder pull down "Go" menu
Select "Connect to server"
At "address, "
type: "afp://hagrid.libart.calpoly.edu" At prompt, click
type login: your group's
name, e.g. "agria"
enter your group's password
Select " Stuff"
This will place the Hagrid File
Server icon and window on your desktop.
Close this window and ignore it from now on. Do not try to access the server through it. You will be doing that only through the Dreamweaver application.
up your work space
Find Dreamweaver on the Desktop or
in Start>Programs>Macromedia>DreamweaverMX and open the program. On some machines Macromedia/Dreamweaver may be found inside a folder named "Keyserver Applications"
If an "untitled document"
appears, close it
Pulldown "Site" menu
from top of screen
Select "Edit Sites" or
"Manage Sites" and then "New Site"
Select "Basic" (not "Advanced")and
start following the prompts
Name your site: "polyland330"
4.5.1 If asked for HTTP address for your site, type "http://cla.calpoly.edu/polyland
If asked, indicate you do not want
to work with a server technology
Indicate that you want to edit local
copies on your machine,the first option--and that you want to store your files
on your machine. In the box for "Where on your computer do want
to store your files?"
For Windows, type "\\hagrid.libart.calpoly.edu\Stuff\polyland\"
For Mac, type "stuff:polyland:"
Indicate that you want to connect
to your "remote" [Web] server by FTP. This stands for "file
transfer protocol" and specifies how the files you made on Hagrid will
be copied to the Web Server.
For "hostname" or
"FTP address," type: "cla.calpoly.edu"
For "folder," leave blank
For "FTP login," type "polyland"
For "FTP password," type
Testserver Password provided in class
Do not enable "checkin, checkout."
If Dreamweaver starts scanning files,
Click "done" on two succeeding screens. Your
site is defined and your workspace is set up.
Select "local view" in the right window
Creating web pages in Dreamweaver
Go the File menu and select "New...". When the "New
Document" window opens after a few seconds, click the "From Template"
Select a Template from the list that corresponds to the category you're
in,for instance "Swanland" (for Swanton) or "Arts"-- and
allow a few seconds for the new page to open. Click "Create."
"Place"categories are: Poly Canyon, Stenner, Aglands
[for the Campus Farm], Western [for Western Ranches], Swanton, and
Adjoining [for lands adjoining Cal Poly.
"Topic"categories are Agriculture, Arts, Flora [for
Flora and Fauna], Geology, History, Recreation, Resources, Soils [for Soils
and Water] Stewardship, Technology
Type "index.html" in the title box to identify your page. This first page will be the top page of your group's folder and will identify your site and link to all its contents.
Before adding more content, Save your page in the appropriate
5.4.1 Save all
your files and folders inside your workgroup's "assigned folder."
It is named "Hum330a ," "Hum330b" or "Hum
330c" and located inside the appropriate "Category folder,"
for instance "Swanton" or "Arts", which is inside the Topics folder [or possibly Places folder] inside
the "polyland" folder inside "Stuff" on Hagrid.
Your group's password will allow you to add or change files in your
assigned folder only.
To create a new folders within your assigned folder
Go to the menu at top of screen and pull down "Site Files"
or click the "F8" key. On the File list, find the folder within
which you want to make a new folder.
For P.C., right click on that folder.
For Mac, hold down "ctrl" key and click on that folder.
Select "Folder" from the window which opens. An "untitled
folder" will open on the site list. Name it.
Adding Content to your webpages
You can type text in any of the boxes on your page. You control text
formatting with the "Properties Inspector," a narrow window usually
at the bottom of the screen. It's opened from the "Window"
pulldown menu at the top of your screen. The standard font for the Cal Poly
Land website is "Verdana."
Insert an image
Click a location for the picture within the alloted space on the page.
Go to "Insert" on the top pulldown menu and select "image."
This puts you in the "Select image source" window.
To get a picture that's somewhere else on the website, click the little
folder icon to navigate anywhere in the website to find the image you want.
Click on the image name and then "Choose." Dreamweaver will
place it on your page.
The Properties Inspector Window now allows you to change the image
and resize it if necessary.
Note: When searching for images in the CPL website to use on your
page, you can determine their location by right-clicking on the image and
opening it in a new window. For, example: http://polyland.calpoly.edu/places/Swanland/landscape/images/New%20Folder/swbeach2.jpg
To use a picture from another source, go to the bottom of the local
files directory and click on "computer." This will give you access
to files on your desktop or in a floppy or cd in your computer. Drag and drop
the image files you are adding into a folder you name "Images" that
you create in your assigned folder. Then insert the image onto the page
as indicated in "22.214.171.124"
Make links on your page.
Highlight the text you want to make "hot," text that
will bring up another web page when clicked by the user.
To link to a page elsewhere on the Cal Poly Land website, in the Properties
Inspector, find the little folder icon to the right of the "Link"
box. Click on it to navigate through the site till you reach the file
name you want and select it.
To link to a page on the World Wide Web, insert its full URL beginning
with http:// into the link box in the Properties inspector.
Preview, upload and check your work.
Preview what your page looks like on the Web: Go to "File>Preview
in Browser" or strike the F12 key.
Upload your page to the class working website on the CLA server by
clicking the up arrow at the top of the page and selecting "Put."
When asked whether to include dependent files, click "no."
IMPORTANT: Another way to upload is to go to the Site Files, which
is reached through the "Window" pulldown menu or by clicking alt
+F8key [F8key only on Mac]. The right side of this map shows you
the "local" files in Hagrid: Stuff; the left side shows you the
"remote" files in the CLA Server. Select the file or folder
you want to upload on the right local side and click the up arrow at the top
of the window, and the upload proceeds. If asked for a password, enter the
CLA Server password, jr3sxv
Check your page on the World Wide Web at the class working website--
http://cla.calpoly.edu/polyland/[places or topics subfolder]/Your category
folder, e.g.agriculture/Yourworkgroupfolder e.g. Hum330a/yourfilename.html
This class working website is not available to the general public.
To see it enter the login name "pland" and the password "testit."
Concluding a session
In Dreamweaver, go to Site, then Manage Sites, then "Remove." Logoff
the computer you are working on to make sure you have logged off both the CLA
server and Hagrid.