Public Home Pages of 207 Students
In this class, students are encouraged to consider the following stages of
sequential "opening" of their class-related work:
- Begin to write (with or without HTML coding) in a page totally
disconnected from your home page. Edit your assignment(s)
carefully. Use the spell-check (Ctrl t).
- Give the URL (address [uniform resource locator]) for this assignment
page to a friend or
somebody whom you trust and who can proofread or make comments on your
- Send the URL to me (your instructor) if you feel the assignment is
ready for submission (just like you would hand me your written assignment
on paper in class). Let me know if you want me to consider your writing as
a "draft" and wish to receive comments before the due-date. Such a draft
should normally not be connected to any of your other (open) pages.
- If your writing is part of a group assignment, exchange your specific
URLs within the group, and, to make group access easier, connect these
URLs to one or all group member(s)'s (otherwise secret) project-related
- When the group assignment is due, send the address of at least one of
these group directories to me by E-mail.
- We will now, together, determine when we can open either an
individual's assignment(s) or the group project to the class for
discussion and feedback. We establish a class-specific "Intra-Net"
for access by class members only.
- At the end of the quarter, I hope all of you will give me permission
to connect your individual and group assignments to the Geog.207 page
system and thereby to future generation of students and to the Internet at
large. Please remember that if your
assignments are late, such careful staging of opening-up your pages to
comments and feedback may become difficult or impossible.
It is important to note that this system is anything but foolproof. The
most frequent leaks occur as a result of
At this point (with two years of experience), I have not yet
seen the need to install special passwords or other cumbersome security
measures. Since, in this class, we are ultimately interested in
contributing to the Internet and communicating with others outside the
classroom, we don't feel the need to establish huge barriers to
communication. However, we are sensitive to embarrassing ourselves and
want to have a reasonably secure opportunity to go over our writings
individually first, then circulate them in small groups and the confines
of the class and its membership before "going public". Let's all help in
accomplishing that. Thanks!
- mistakes by your instructor (however, I am learning...)
- that you connect group pages to your (public) home page
- that you are not "closing" your class-specific subdirectory by
introducing an "index.html" page (Otherwise outsiders can read and access
the content of a subdirectory by using a URL which ends with the
subdirectory instead of a file; to prevent this kind of leak, it is
advisable to keep the subdirectory relatively secret as well and to
install "index pages" at all levels of your directory system)
- giving your "secret" subdirectories obvious names like the number of
a class [which may be convenient and encouraged by your instructor for his
convenience, but can be avoided by maintaining two parallel
subdirectories (one with a secret name). Files then have to be copied
("cp") into the open subdirectory when their time comes....].
- that friends or other outsiders gain access to your project or group
P.S. Those of you familiar with Internet security issues may want to
comment on these guidelines. Have I forgotten something vital? How do you
feel about passwords? Are there any further reasons to be concerned?
This page includes only the home pages of students presently in
Geography 207. It does NOT include your assignments submitted via a
web page unless I received your explicit permission or you have
connected such assignments to your home page.
Should you have any concerns about the "publicity" of your
Web pages for Geography 207, please contact me immediately!
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