3: Uploading Pages
To upload an exercise Page from one
of the supported authoring programs, you must first
export the exercise as a web page, and you must choose
the "browser v6" option - hotpotatoes.net
does not support earlier formats. Once you have created
the web page, the authoring program will provide an
option to upload it to hotpotatoes.net.
You can also use the Masher program, which
is part of the Hot Potatoes package, to upload files
which are not Hot Potatoes exercises. (For example,
you may want to upload documents containing background
information for your students to read before they attempt
a Hot Potatoes exercise you have created.) The Masher's
"Upload to hotpotatoes.net" command enables
you to upload a wide range of different file-types,
including HMTL and PDF documents, and audio and video
files in formats such as MP3 and MOV.
For information about uploading from
the supported authoring programs (Hot Potatoes, TexToys,
and Quandary), please see the Help file for the program
The TItle of each Page you upload must be
unique - you cannot have two pages with the same title. If
you try to upload a Page which has the same title as an existing
Page, the uploading program will ask you if you want to overwrite
the existing page. If you do, the existing Page will be lost,
and replaced by the new one.
Overwriting Existing Pages - What Happens
When you replace an exercise Page with another
of the same title, you may be offered the option to keep the
results associated with the old Page. If your new Page is
simply an updated version of an existing exercise, it may
be sensible to keep the results which were generated by students
completing the old version, and attach these results to the
new version. Equally, you may not wish to keep the old results,
if the old exercise was a completely different one, or if
the results are no longer relevant.
If you choose not to keep the old results,
they will be deleted, and cannot be recovered - please make
sure that you download and save any results you want to keep
before you do this. See Results for more information.
Pages and Classes
Each Page can be accessed only from one Class,
and you must choose which of your Classes will use the Page
when you upload it. After uploading, you can use the Edit
option to move the Page to a different Class, but you can
never make the same Page available to several Classes.
If you wish to make the same Page accessible
to, say, two different Classes, you can do this by uploading
it twice, and changing the Page title for each upload. By
doing this, you have the same Page available under two different
titles, and you can allocate these to two different Classes.
Pages and Assets
Exercises uploaded from Hot Potatoes,
TexToys or Quandary, and HTML information pages uploaded
using the Masher, are all web pages, and therefore they
may contain links to other files. For example, they
may include images (in GIF or JPG format) or audio files
containing sound. When you create a document or exercise
which uses external files, the document itself only
contains links to the file locations. The files themselves
are not part of the document, but are stored separately,
either on your local system, or elsewhere on the internet,
and the links in the document tell the computer where
to find the extra files.
In hotpotatoes.net, when you upload exercises
or other Pages which contains links to external files, there
are two possible ways in which each link might be uploaded:
1: If the linked file is not stored locally
but accessed via the internet, the upload system simply leaves
the link exactly as it was in the original document. This
means that when a student views the document, the file will
simply be downloaded from its remoteinternet location by the
2: However, if the linked file is stored
on your own computer, it must be uploaded to hotpotatoes.net
along with the document, otherwise your students will be unable
to see it. This upload process is entirely automatic - you
do not need to upload any such files manually - but you will
need to understand how files you upload in this way are named,
and how to manage them. Linked files uploaded to your hotpotatoes.net
account are called Assets.
For details of how to work with Asset files,
please see the Assets section.
You cannot upload exercises to hotpotatoes.net using a Masher file. The Masher can be used to upload individual non-exercise files, but not to upload sequences of exercises. Each Hot Potatoes exercise must be uploaded to hotpotatoes.net individually, using the Hot Potatoes program which created it.