Options for Faculty Websites - Web Center

Full-time and part-time faculty at Ohlone College are encouraged to provide information for students on a website available on the Ohlone College website domain (ohlone.edu). There are several ways to create a faculty website. View the summary Chart of Options for Faculty Websites.

Select from the list to learn more:

  1. Faculty Profile Website managed by the Web Team - the easiest and simplest option! Just fill out an online form! Includes the basics (contact information, syllabi, semester schedule). Does not include homework, quizzes/tests, grades, quiz/test answers, etc.; please use Blackboard for course materials.
  2. Faculty Website managed by the Web Team - an expanded version of a Faculty Profile Website. Does not include homework, quizzes/tests, grades, quiz/test answers, etc.; please use Blackboard for course materials.
  3. Blackboard (a web-based course management system) - for courses you teach; managed by the Online Education Department
  4. iTunes U - for courses you teach; managed by the Online Education Department
  5. CCC Confer - for courses you teach; contact the Online Education Department for assistance
  6. Create your own Faculty Website using one or more of these options:
    1. Website Service Provider
    2. Blog Service Provider
    3. Wiki Service Provider
    4. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) using Website Design Software
      • Hosted on off-site on Your Own Domain
      • Hosted on ohlone.edu

Important:

  1. Any copyrighted material or information - even when used for educational purposes - (such as electronic documents from CDs accompanying textbooks or PDF files or other files from any source) MUST NOT be posted on a publicly-available website. You must use Blackboard to create a website for each course for which you're providing these types of course materials. They cannot be posted on a website where they are openly available to the world.

  2. Student ID Numbers and other personal student information (email address, phone number, mailing address, birthdate, etc.) MUST NOT be posted on a publicly-available website. For example, a student's grades are available in Blackboard courses because the student is required to login and can view only his/her own grades.

1. Request a "Faculty Profile Website"

A "faculty profile website" is a simple, one-page website with your name, title, department, contact information, location, and optional photograph. Does not include homework, quizzes/tests, grades, quiz/test answers, etc.; please use Blackboard for course materials. This faculty profile website will be created by the Web Team when you complete the Faculty Profile Website Request Form. A link to your faculty website will be placed on the list of Faculty Websites.

All information placed on your faculty profile website is available to the public - i.e., students do not need to login to view the website.

Your faculty website will be published on the main / live web server (http://www.ohlone.edu/people/username/), be listed on the Faculty Websites web page, and be indexed by search engines.

To update your faculty profile website, you will email the updated information to the Web Team.

NEXT STEP: Complete the Faculty Profile Website Request Form.

2. Request a Faculty Website managed by the Web Team

You don't want to create and maintain your own faculty website - or you don't have the time or skills or desire to manage your own faculty website.

On a Web Team-managed faculty website, you may include your schedule, office hours, contact information, photograph, educational background, and a syllabus for each course you teach. Does not include homework, quizzes/tests, grades, quiz/test answers, etc.; please use Blackboard for course materials. Web Team-managed websites use the standard design templates and meet requirements of the Web Style Guide. You are responsible for providing the Web Team with updates each semester or as needed.

NOTE: If you want to provide course materials (such as homework assignments and lecture notes) for students, you must use Blackboard or create your own website.

You will provide all content and updates to your faculty website to the Web Team - turn-around time is usually less than 1-2 working days after receipt. New documents and new paragraphs of text should be provided in electronic format (usually Microsoft Word or PowerPoint documents). Changes to existing information should be provided on printed hard copies (i.e., print the page and mark it up with changes) sent to "Web Team" in the interoffice mail rounds or brought to the Web Team's office.

All information and documents placed on your website are available to the public - i.e., students do not need to login to view the website.

Your faculty website will be published on the main / live web server (http://www.ohlone.edu/people/username/), be listed on the Faculty Websites web page, and be indexed by search engines.

NEXT STEP: Review the Getting Started Guide and then the FAQs - Working with the Web Team page. Start the website by completing the Faculty Profile Website Request Form then contact the Web Team to add to your website.

3. Use Blackboard to create a website for any course you teach

Blackboard is the software that Ohlone uses to deliver its fully online, hybrid and web-enhanced courses. If you want to deliver content and interact with students registered in your courses, this is the tool to use. Blackboard is available through Ohlone's Online Education department.

You may include your schedule, office hours, contact information, photograph, educational background, and any information about and documents for the course. Examples of course documents include course syllabus, homework assignments, and lecture notes in HTML, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF format, as well as images in GIF or JPG format. Blackboard also provides tools for interacting with students, online quizzes, and more.

You are able to change information and publish files into your course on the Blackboard server. Changes you make are available immediately after you make them. (If you tend to procrastinate, this is the option for you!)

To view your course website, students must be enrolled in your course and must login to Blackboard.

If there are copyright issues or restrictions with your course materials, you may want to pursue this option since the website is restricted to your current students and is not available to non-students via World Wide Web.

Your course website will not be listed on the Faculty Websites web page and cannot be indexed by a search engine.

NEXT STEP: Review Faculty Resources on the Online Education website for additional information, including training and support. Contact the staff of Online Education if you have questions.

4. iTunes U

If you want to create audio and video files for your students, this is a great way to deliver them to your students. It uses the iTunes Application, which allows for students to easily watch/listen to content on their computers and download them to their iPods for portable listening.

Your iTunes U website will not be listed on the Faculty Websites web page, and it may or may not be indexed by search engines.

NEXT STEP: Review Faculty Resources on the Online Education website for additional information, including training and support. Contact the staff of Online Education if you have questions.

5. CCC Confer

CCC Confer is an online service that allows for real time communication/interaction with your students as a group or one-on-one. The service is operated by the Chancelour's office in Sacramento and is free to use by all community colleges in California. Great to use as an enhancment to your online course, or to give seminars or demonstrations in a live format.

NEXT STEP: Review Faculty Resources on the Online Education website for additional information, including training and support. Contact the staff of Online Education if you have questions.

6. Create and maintain your own faculty website

A. Using a Website Service Provider

Each free online website service offers a variety of design templates, and some allow you to customize their designs. Each service varies in their level of support, but most include online information, tutorials, and a community forum where you can ask and get answers to questions from other users of the system. You can upload images. Some allow you to upload files (such as Word docs or PDF files).

Examples of website service providers are:

You may include your schedule, office hours, contact information, photograph, educational background, and any information about the courses you teach.

All content placed on your website is available to the public - i.e., students do not need to login to view the website (although some services allow you to create additional user accounts and set password for accessing entries). Some services allow you to specify whether your website will be indexed by search engines (such as Google and Yahoo).

You may design your website however you like; however, all Ohlone College websites must meet web accessibility guidelines and laws. Ohlone's Web Center provides resources for learning web technologies on your own.

If you send your website's address to the Web Team, your site will be listed on the Faculty Websites web page.

NEXT STEP: Register for a user account at a free website service, learn about their system through their online documentation, and visit the web accessibility information in the Web Center.

B. With a Blog Service Provider

Although Ohlone does not have its own blogging software system, you can create a free web log (blog) website using any blogging tool you choose.

Each blogging service offers a variety of design templates, and some allow you to customize or create your own design. Each service varies in their level of support, but most include online information, tutorials, and a community forum where you can ask and get answers to questions from other users of the system. Most allow you to upload images. Some allow you to upload files (such as Word docs or PDF files).

Examples of blogging tools are:

  • EduBlogs - free, hosted
  • Blogger - free, hosted
  • WordPress.com - free, hosted, fee for add-ons

  • TypePad - fee-based, hosted, may use your own domain

  • WordPress.org - free, you install it and manage it on your own domain and web hosting service
  • Movable Type - fee-based, you install it and manage it on your own domain and web hosting service

You may include your schedule, office hours, contact information, photograph, educational background, and any information about the courses you teach.

All content placed on your website is available to the public - i.e., students do not need to login to view the website (although some services allow you to create additional user accounts and set password for accessing entries). Some services allow you to specify whether your website will be indexed by search engines (such as Google and Yahoo).

You may design your website however you like; however, all Ohlone College websites must meet web accessibility guidelines and laws. Ohlone's Web Center provides resources for learning web technologies on your own.

If you send your blog's website address to the Web Team, your blog will be listed on the Faculty Websites web page.

NEXT STEP: Register for a user account at a blogging service, learn about their system through their online documentation, and visit the web accessibility information in the Web Center.

C. With a Wiki Service Provider

Although Ohlone does not have its own wiki software system, you can create a free wiki website using any wiki tool you choose.

Each wiki service offers a variety of design templates, and some allow you to customize or create your own design. Each service varies in their level of support, but most include online information, tutorials, and a community forum where you can ask and get answers to questions from other users of the system. Most allow you to upload images. Some allow you to upload files (such as Word docs or PDF files). Some allow you to require a username and password before the wiki can be viewed.

Examples of wiki service profiers are:

You may include your schedule, office hours, contact information, photograph, educational background, and any information about the courses you teach.

All content placed on your website is available to the public - i.e., students do not need to login to view the website (although some services allow you to create additional user accounts and set password for accessing entries). Some services allow you to specify whether your website will be indexed by search engines (such as Google and Yahoo).

You may design your website however you like; however, all Ohlone College websites must meet web accessibility guidelines and laws. Ohlone's Web Center provides resources for learning web technologies on your own.

If you send your wiki's website address to the Web Team, your wiki will be listed on the Faculty Websites web page.

NEXT STEP: Register for a user account at a wiki service, learn about their system through their online documentation, and visit the web accessibility information in the Web Center.

D. DIY using Website Design Software

You're already familiar with creating websites - or you want to learn how to create and maintain your own faculty website.

You may include your schedule, office hours, contact information, photograph, educational background, and any information about and documents for the courses you teach. Examples of course documents include course syllabus, homework assignments, and lecture notes in HTML, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF format, as well as images in GIF or JPG format.

Hosted on Off-site on Your Own Domain

  • WordPress.org - free, you install it and manage it on your own domain and web hosting service
  • Movable Type - fee-based, you install it and manage it on your own domain and web hosting service
  • Adobe Dreamweaver - If you choose to use Dreamweaver (excellent software!) to create/maintain your website, the tutorials installed with Dreamweaver are very good learning tools. Dreamweaver has some complex features, but you can also just use the basic tools. Or, you can take a course at Ohlone or through Ohlone's Community Education program to learn to use Dreamweaver.
  • KompoZer - free (open source), WYSIWYG software tool (similar to Dreamweaver) for creating and maintaining web pages. Documentation is limited, but there is community support through online message boards.

All information and documents placed on your website are available to the public. Ensure copyrighted documents are password-protected.

You may design your website however you like; please ensure it meet accessibility laws / requirements (Section 508, WCAG).

If you email the URL for your completed website to the Web Team, it will be added to the Faculty Websites web page.

NEXT STEP: Start by reviewing the Getting Started Guide and followed by the resources in the Web Center.

Hosted on ohlone.edu

You'll be provided a user account on the Ohlone College development web server so you can create and update your faculty website. Your website will replace any existing faculty website managed by the Web Team.

Recommended website design software includes:

  • Adobe Dreamweaver - If you choose to use Dreamweaver (excellent software!) to create/maintain your website, the tutorials installed with Dreamweaver are very good learning tools. Dreamweaver has some complex features, but you can also just use the basic tools. Or, you can take a course at Ohlone or through Ohlone's Community Education program to learn to use Dreamweaver.
  • KompoZer - free (open source), WYSIWYG software tool (similar to Dreamweaver) for creating and maintaining web pages. Documentation is limited, but there is community support through online message boards.

You are able to change information and publish files to your website using a secure shell (SSH) file transfer program.

After uploading the modified files to the development web server and testing your web pages to ensure they work as expected, you must email a request to the Web Team to review and publish your files to the main web server (http://www2.ohlone.edu/people/username/) - turn-around time is usually 1 working day or less.

All information and documents placed on your website are available to the public - i.e., students do not need to login to view the website. If you have a need to provide documents to students in a password-protected directory, please contact the Web Team.

You may design your website however you like; however, all Ohlone College websites must meet the requirements of Ohlone's Web Style Guide. Ohlone's Web Center provides resources for learning web technologies on your own.

After being published "live" on the main web server, your "live" faculty website (http://www2.ohlone.edu/people/username/) will be added to the Faculty Websites web page and indexed by search engines.

NEXT STEP: Start by reviewing the Getting Started Guide and followed by the Web Style Guide and resources in the Web Center.