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CTER Orientation Tutorial. The Use of the WebBoard. What is the WebBoard?. 1.1. The WebBoard is a conferencing system that you access using a Web-browser such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer. 1.2.

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CTER Orientation Tutorial

The Use of the WebBoard

what is the webboard
What is the WebBoard?


The WebBoard is a conferencing system that you access using a Web-browser such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer.


The WebBoard is used by all courses and allows a course to have its own conference space where students and instructors can interact as a group including sharing ideas, images, and documents.

To locate your WebBoard please contact your instructor or see your course’s information page.

Once you have obtained the URL type it in your Web browser and hit return.

webboard login
WebBoard Login


If you have logged into the WebBoard at UIUC before, enter your Name and Password when the WebBoard page comes up as shown to the right.

If you have never logged onto the UIUC WebBoard before, click on the NEW USER button and Complete the New User form.


Note: We suggest using your ID and password as your WebBoard login name and password. (Less things to remember later!)


First Time in WebBoard

Notice the WebBoard frame consists of a menu bar, message window, and conference menu.


course webboard
Course WebBoard


Once you have entered the course WebBoard, preview the different conferences on the left side that are available for you to join.


Notice the many functions that the WebBoard button bar contains as you will need to initiate many of them from here such as Post, Chat, Refresh, & Help.

navigating the webboard
Navigating the WebBoard


You will participate in different conferences by typing text messages and uploading files, etc. to a specific conference on the WebBoard. “Posting” these messages and assignments through the WebBoard will be an important part of your communication activities among classmates and the instructor.

reading messages
Reading messages

When you access the WebBoard Conferences you see a list of topics of messages/conferences posted. The [+] sign on the left of the topic indicates that the message has “threads” or answers posted by other users. When you click on the [+], a list of answers to that conference will be displayed. These can also have + sings to indicate postings to them. You can always read the messages by clicking on the [+] sign. The [-] sign indicates that the thread is open, or that there is no thread.

posting to the conference
Posting to the Conference


Click on a message and select “Post” from the Menu Bar

(Message goes Here)


Fill in the Topic box and see that the Converting Line breaks to HTML and Preview/ Spell check boxes are checked, then type your message.


Finish by clicking “Post”. Your message will appear in the conference window.

Note: Refresh/Reload the page if your conference does not appear within 1-3 min.


Previewing a Message

WebBoard allows you to preview your message. The preview

shows you misspelled words and other needed edits.

To fix misspelled words click on the word that WebBoard has highlighted

and either type in or select the appropriate spelling of the word.

To post the final message click post in the tan box.

uploading a file to the webboard
Uploading a file to the WebBoard


Select Post from the Menu Bar


Enter a topic and type a short message.


Select the attach file box this time and attach a word or .rtf document that simply lists your name and that you are able to upload your “home work.”


Finish by clicking Post. Your message will appear in the conference window.

Note: Refresh/Reload the page if your conference does not appear within 1-3 min.

editing replying modifying
Editing, Replying, Modifying


Verify that your conference is visible as a sub-conference.


Once you have posted your messages, click on the title in the conference area, and review the message and menu bar above. This menu bar allows you to reply, email reply, delete, edit, etc.

management of your webboard
Management of your WebBoard


Since the number of messages in each conference will become very large throughout the course, you will want to manage new material effectively.


During each WebBoard session, make sure to read all new messages. At the end of the session click the Mark All Read button prior to logging off.


Next time you log into the WebBoard, you will be able to click on New Messages for a list of all new conferences posted since you last read them all.

further assistance
Further Assistance


Help on additional topics can be found in the Help menu.

The Help menu is put together very well for the WebBoard and contains further information in detail for specific topics that are not covered in this brief tutorial.

log off
Log Off



Once you have completed your visit to the WebBoard, click the

LOGOFF button to return to CourseInfo.


CTER Orientation Tutorial

The Use of the WebBoard