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Editing Your Beliefs Page

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We recommend using Firefox for all your ePortfolio work (and for reading these pages). 

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Step 1: Download your current Teaching Beliefs page

1. Click on File Manager in the navigation bar on the lefthand side of your ePortfolio workspace. The File Manager contains all of the files and templates that make your webpage work, so be very careful when navigating to make sure you don't misplace or delete any important files.

Please note: you cannot download any files from your file manager using Internet Explorer.

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2. In order to edit your Beliefs page, we need to download a copy of the webpage code. In this case, the file is in the Pages folder and is called beliefs.html. To download files from your file manager, click on the icon next to the name.

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3. When the save window pops up, save the file to your desktop. If your downloads default to a different folder, you will have to drag and drop beliefs.html to your desktop.

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The program we are going to use to edit is called Kompozer. It is free web editing software that is relatively easy to use, and it is installed on all of the workstations in the Education labs. If you would like to edit your webpages from your own computer, you can find a download here.

Please note: there are two different version of Kompozer that can be downloaded from their website. We have discovered that the newer version (.83a) causes strange formatting errors on your webpage. To avoid that, use version .70 instead. If you have already installed the program and don't know what version you are using, this is how you check: Mac Windows

Step 2: Edit your current Teaching Beliefs page

4. Launch Kompozer and open beliefs.html. You will notice that none of the background pictures are displayed because we just downloaded the framework of your homepage. This is the template of your homepage. The red lines and boxes represent the different parts of your webpage, so be careful not to delete anything important.

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5a. Once your cursor is in the right box, you can enter your text. Formatting can be done from the Format menu. Feel free to write everything in a word processor first, then copy and paste into your webpage template.

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5b. Instead of directly inputting your text into your webpage template you can create a link to a downloadable text file. This is helpful if you plan on updating or modifying your teaching beliefs at any point. Save your word document or PDF (recommended) of your statement of teaching beliefs to your desktop. Title your document teachingbeliefs.pdf (or) teachingbeliefs.doc

When naming your files you must follow these rules or else your links will break:

- no capital letters
- no spaces (dashes and underscores are fine)
- no special characters like accents or punctuation
- do not delete the file extension (the code after the dot. Ex: .pdf or .doc)

Replace the placeholder text with a friendly message that will act as the anchor for our link.

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6b. Highlight the anchor text. Go to the Insert menu and select Link.

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7b. Click on the folder icon to browse for your document from your desktop. Select "Link is to be opened in a new window", then click OK. The anchor for your link will appear as blue text.

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8. Now that all our changes have been made, we save the edited version.

Step 3: Upload your new Teaching Beliefs page and document

9. Back in our File Manager, we're going to upload the new version of beliefs.html and your document, teachingbeliefs.pdf (or) teachingbeliefs.doc, into the Pages folder.

Please note: when uploading files to the File Manager with the same name as an existing file will overwrite the old file without warning. This is helpful when replacing files like beliefs.html with a new version, but be careful in your artifacts folder.

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The edited page has now been uploaded, and the document will open or download when clicked.

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Handy Tip: in the future you can change your teaching beliefs document easily (without having to edit your webpage) if you name the new document exactly the same as your previous version in your File Manager. When you upload the new one, it should just automatically replace it!

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