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Chapter 3: Quick Start Guide
 1. Login to Control Panel
 2. Modify Administrator Account
 3. Configure User Registration Options
 4. Global Settings
 5. Default Zones and Forums
 6. Making a Post
 7. Uploading a File

3.1 Login to Control Panel

Go to the Control Panel URL in your browser and login using the following default username and password:

  • username: admin
  • password: admin
You will then be re-directed to the ‘Global Settings’ section.

3.2 Modify Admin Account

Currently you are using the default administrator account to access the Control Panel. For security reasons this must be modified as follows:
  • Click ‘User Accounts’ and click ‘modify’ next to the one account listed.
  • Now change the username, password, name, and email address to your own choice and hit ‘submit’.
  • Click ‘User Accounts’ again to refresh the screen and you will be re-directed back to the login page.
  • Enter your new username and password to log back into the system (as admin/admin does not exist anymore).

3.3 Configure User Registration Options

StudyHub has an in-built user account system which enables people to create their own account and log into the main website to access restricted features (e.g. to make a post in a restricted forum). Usually it is a good idea to restrict those who are allowed to register an account on your website to only those who are taking your module. Restriction works by specifying each student’s email address in a list. When a user tries to register an account, the system will look in this list to see if the email they have entered is present, in which case a new account is created, with an automatically generated password which is sent to the user via that email address. This ensures that only the students whose email is in the list will be able to register and receive their account details in order to login. If a bogus user registers with someone else’s valid email address they will not receive the account password (which would be sent to the email address they have misappropriated). To specify a set of email addresses simply enter each full email address on a separate line in the form at the top of the ‘User Accounts’ section and hit ‘submit’. If you want to allow anyone to register, make sure the box is empty (if not click ‘reset’) and check ‘Allow anyone to register an account’. You can change this option or update the email list at any point.

3.4 Global Settings

You will now see the ‘Global Settings’ page. This allows the global variables, which are all quite self-explanatory, to be set for the whole site. Please refer to Chapter 4 for in-depth details of each of these variables and how to set them.

3.5 Default Zones and Forums

The current distribution of StudyHub includes a number of pre-made Zones and Forums to help new users understand the concepts and start adding content to the website. You can use the default Zones and Forums as they are without change, if you feel they will accurately serve the content of your course, or you can modify, delete, or create new ones as required.

The default Zones are: ‘News’, ‘Lectures’, ‘Tutorials’, and ‘Coursework’ and consist of a typical set of attributes in each. To begin with, it might be easiest just to start making posts and uploading files into these zones. In addition there are a number of forums which have been set up for use by the students and course leader. These include: ‘Lecture & Tutorial Discussion’, ‘Exam Help’, and ‘Coursework’. All these forums have restricted posting to user account holders of the site, and viewing allowable by anyone. Post-Tags (see Chapter 8.2) are enabled and file attachments disabled by default.

3.6 Making a Post

Submitting posts to a zone on your website will be one of the most often used operations on a day-to-day basis. Under the ‘Course Content’ section you will see a number of links corresponding to each zone that has already been set up by default. Click on ‘Latest News’ and you will be presented with a form to enter a new post. This zone is very simple and just allows entry of a message and/or title. Type a message and hit ‘submit’. The post will appear at the bottom of the page in order of time of posting (latest first). It can be edited or deleted if required.

3.7 Uploading a File

Each zone operates in the same way. For example, click ‘Lectures’ to add a file to that zone. You will notice the layout of the form is more complex than the previous one as it has more options available. Look at the ‘Upload New File’ section of the form to put a file inside the zone. Select ‘browse’ and choose the local file you want to upload. Then specify a name for the link to the file (or leave blank to use the filename as the link name) and any description if required. Then hit ‘submit’ to upload the file. The new file will be displayed in the list below. Notice the system has added extra information to the file entry about the type of file, its size, and when it was uploaded. All files that are uploaded are placed inside your specified documents directory (see Chapter 2.2 or consult whoever installed the software) on the server.

These steps have hopefully given you an initial idea about how to start using the Control Panel and begin adding content. The following chapters will give you a more in-depth knowledge of all the various tasks that can be achieved with StudyHub.

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