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About WebDAV

Description; Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) allows you to use a remote web server as though it were a local file server. This means you have local access to several Blackboard Vista course file folders and can use your computer's file manager to upload and download multiple course files. WebDAV supports local access to folders in the Blackboard Vista “Content Manager.” WebDAV requires that the designer's computer be configured for it.

Setting Up WebDAV

Blackboard Vista designers can configure WebDAV to access and manage folders in the “Content Manager”, such as “My Files.”

Setting up WebDAV on a Windows Operating System

If you are using Microsoft® Internet Explorer as your browser:

  1. Navigate to “Content Manager” area or folder where you want to create a WebDAV folder and click its ActionLinks icon.
  2. Click “Open as Web Folder”. A WebDAV folder is created in “My Network Places” on your computer and the contents of the Learning System folder appear. Files and folders that are added or modified in the WebDAV folder are reflected in the Learning System folder when you are connected to the Internet.
    Note: Additional information on using “My Network Places” is available through your Microsoft Windows online help.

If you are not using Microsoft Internet Explorer as your browser:

  1. Navigate to “Content Manager” area or folder where you want to create a WebDAV folder and click its ActionLinks icon.
  2. Click “View WebDAV Info”. The folder path appears. Copy the folder path.
  3. From your Windows desktop, double-click the “My Network Places” icon.
    Note:
     Additional information on using “My Network Places” is available through your Microsoft Windows online help.
  4. Double-click “Add Network Place”. The “Welcome to the Add Network Place Wizard” appears.
  5. Follow the prompts given by the “Add Network Place Wizard”.
  6. Past the server path you copied in “b” when you are prompted to enter an Internet or network address.
  7. Click Next. In the “User Name and Password” text boxes, enter your user name and password and click OK.
    Important: If you are sharing a local computer you should deselect the “Save this Password” in your password list check box.
  8. If your password is not valid please send an email to cms@bc.edu.
  9. Click Finish. A Microsoft Web Folder is created in “My Network Places” on your computer and the contents of the Learning System folder appear. Files and folders that are added or modified in the WebDAV folder are reflected in the Learning System folder when you are connected to the Internet.
    Note:
     Additional information on Microsoft Web Folders is available through your Windows online help.

Setting up WebDAV on Mac OS X

WebDAV is integrated into MacOS X. This makes it very simple to mount a WebDAV directory just as you would any other volume. In short, it allows you to mount your course's Manage Files or Backups and use the Finder's file management system to move and edit files.

  1. Navigate to “Content Manager” area or folder where you want to create a WebDAV folder and click its ActionLinks icon.
  2. Click “View WebDAV” Info. The folder path appears. Copy the folder path.
  3. From your Mac desktop, from the Finder, click Go.
  4. Click “Connect to Server”.
  5. Paste the server path in the Address text box.
  6. Click OK.
  7. In the “User Name and Password” text boxes, enter your user name and password and click OK.
  8. If your password is not valid please send an email to cms@bc.edu
  9. The folder is added to the Mac Finder. Your directory will now be mounted. Depending on your Finder preferences, it may display on your desktop or be accessible through the Finder.

If you encounter difficulties or would like further information, please contact eteach@bc.edu.