|Using Zip Files and Blackboard
Note: We will not be making full use of Blackboard. Do not expect to see web pages, announcements, etc. here. We will post your assignment grades here, but it may take a little while to get around to it.
To "zip" files is to compress them into one small bundle. Blackboard lets you turn in one file per assignment, so you need to zip all your files up into one file.
Zip your files into any convenient zip utility. (All of these programs produce the same result.) Give your zipped file some meaningful name. There are some brief instructions below on how to zip files.
Turn in all files related to your project. This includes all
.javafiles, all compiled
.htmlfiles, etc. It's easiest for us if we can just open your project from inside BlueJ. We have a lot of programs to grade; we don't want to have to compile your files before we can use them.
Please do not turn in unrelated files, old versions, etc. Just give us the good stuff.
Do not email your project to me or to my TA. Emailed assignments will be ignored.
Zipping files is easy enough in Linux,
but you have to use the command line. (If there is an icon utility to do it,
I haven't found it yet.) Just
cd into the directory with your
files ("directory" is another name for "folder"), and
zip -r myZipFile.zip file1 file2 file3 ... fileN
myZipFile.zip is a name you make up (but use the
.zip extension!) and
file1 ... fileN are the names
of your files. After you do this,
myZipFile.zip will be
the zipped file you need to submit.
If you have all the files you want to turn in in a single directory, and only those files, you can either:
cdinto the directory, and
enter the command
zip -r myZipFile.zip *
* is Unix's way of saying "all the files in this directory");
or you can:
cdto the directory containing the directory of files you want to submit, and
enter the command
zip -r myZipFile.zip myDirectory
myDirectory is the directory of files you want
In Windows Explorer (not Windows Internet Explorer), select the files you want to zip. Right-click and select Send To --> Compressed (zipped) Folder. Rename the resultant zip file to something meaningful, and submit.
In the finder, select the files you want to zip, and right-click (or control-click)
and select Create Archive of n items. Rename the resultant
Archive.zip file to something meaningful, and submit.
Go to https://courseweb.library.upenn.edu/ and log in using your usual name and password.
Toolsbutton on the left.
Digital Drop Box. (There's a
Manualthat you might look at when you have some free time.)
Send File. If this is the first time you've submitted something,
Send Filemay not work--try it and wait a while (it's pretty slow). If it doesn't work, do this:
Browse...button to select your zip file.
OK. Keep going--you are not done!
Browse:button to locate a file.
Title:field with the assignment name and number, for example,
[your Title] has been sent to the instructor(s), you are done (after you click
OKa couple more times).