This is a placeholder page for instructions and suggestions for hosting a course on OpenWetWare.
Why should I host a course on OpenWetWare?
There are several motivations for hosting a course on OpenWetWare ...
- Enhance student participation in the course. Students have the ability to edit any page on OpenWetWare. So by placing course materials here, you are giving them the ability to revise (and improve) course content.
- Promote reuse of course materials. All content on OpenWetWare is dual-licensed under the Creative Commons Atrribution ShareAlike and GFDL copyright licenses. Thus, you are making your course materials freely available for others to reuse. Moreover, the wiki format allows people to more easily copy and modify your materials (as compared to static websites and PDF files) so you are also making it easier for others to build upon your work.
- Facilitate collaborative course development. Many courses are developed jointly among multiple faculty and teaching assistants. Placing the materials on OpenWetWare makes it easy to work together on developing course materials (as compared to emailing word documents back and forth).
Why shouldn't I host a course on OpenWetWare?
A common concern among many OpenWetWare users is that someone may accidentally or intentionally modify a page. However, all changes and updates are tracked and can be easily reverted. Nevertheless, course instructors do need to monitor their course site to ensure that errors are not introduced and propagated around the class.
Am I surrendering copyright to my course materials?
No, you retain copyright to all materials you upload or write on OpenWetWare. You can later republish and relicense them in any way you like. However, you can never retract the Creative Commons Atrribution ShareAlike and GFDL licenses for the versions you placed here.
How do I start?
Get an account
You'll need a user account on OWW to edit pages. Register for an account here.
Learn the basics of wiki editing
If you've never used a wiki before, it is helpful to learn some basics of wiki editing via the OpenWetWare introductory tutorial.
Once you're comfortable with the basics, continue with these directions.
Set up your course template
Once you've registered for an OWW account, start by making your course banner. Your course banner will be used on every course page to help identify it as belonging to your course and to enable students to navigate through the course.
- First, go to the OWW.101 template page (open this in a new browser window if you want to keep reading this text).
- Click and copy all the wiki markup on that page.
Template:<Your course number>(be sure and replace
<Your course number>with your course's number like
- You should see a page come up with a message saying "There is no page titled "Template:<Your course number>". You can create this page." If you don't see this message then that means a page with that name already exists. You'll need to choose a different course name.
- Click on the create this page link.
- Paste the code from the OWW.101 template onto this page.
- Replace every instance of OWW.101 with your course name and number.
- Finally, check your work by clicking the button.
- Save the changes by clicking ... and you're off.
Set up your course homepage
Set up your people page
Set up your course schedule
Other common tasks
How do I upload my lecture slides?
PDFs, word docs, powerpoint files or keynote files can all be uploaded to OpenWetWare.
- Click on upload file link on the left side of the screen (under toolbox).
- Follow the directions from there to upload the file.
- OpenWetWare doesn't explicitly support PDF, powerpoint or keynote filetypes. Therefore these files are treated as images and an image page is generated upon upload. To include a link directly to the PDF from your course page, you'll have to click on the filename from the image page and copy the corresponding URL from your browser.
For instance, here is a link to the image page of a PDF that has been uploaded to OpenWetWare: Image:Msb4100025.pdf
Here is a link to the corresponding PDF file itself: http://openwetware.org/images/e/ef/Msb4100025.pdf