Uploading a Page is simple, but once your
Page is uploaded, hotpotatoes.net offers several different
ways in which it can be used.
Public Viewing - the URL
When you upload a Page, the uploading program
give you a "URL", or web address, where the
Page can be viewed. Every Page on hotpotatoes.net has
a URL, and therefore can (in theory) be viewed by anyone
connected to the internet. But in order to view the
Page, they have to know its URL - they will not be able
to find it by searching the web, because it is generated
randomly, and there are no links to it from other Pages.
If you do not tell anyone the URL of your Page, no-one
will ever know it.
Why Have A URL / Public Viewing
If you simply want to make your Pages visible
to students or colleagues, and you do not need to record the
scores which students achieve when completing the exercises,
then you do not need to create accounts for your students.
You can simply upload a page, and send them the URL. Not everyone
needs to record scores - some users simply need a hosting
system for the work they produce in Hot Potatoes, so hotpotatoes.net
provide a URL for each Page you upload.
However, just because we create a
URL for your Page and tell you what it is, does not
mean that you have use it. If your Page is only intended
to be viewed by those for whom you have created student
accounts on hotpotatoes.net, the URL is not useful,
and you can simply forget it.
One further option offered at upload is
to password-protect the Page. This only applies when the Page
is viewed by URL, and it requires the user to enter a password
before the Page is displayed. Each Class has a password associated
with it, which you can change in the Classes area. If you
choose the Password Protect option when uploading a Page into
a particular class, anyone who tries to view the Page by URL
will have to enter the correct Class password.
Note: whe viewed by URL, Hot Potatoes or
TexToys exercises are not able to record results. If you need
to store results, you must set up accounts for your students,
and they must log in to the Student area before the complete
the exercise, or their result will not be stored.
Viewing from the Account Management page
The Account Administration page displays
a list of Pages in both the Pages and the Classes area. In
either list, clicking on a Page title will display the Page,
and above it, a link back to the Account Management area.
Note that if you view a Hot Potatoes exercise
in this way, and you complete it, your score will NOT be recorded
by hotpotatoes.net. The results system is for students, not
Viewing from the Student Page
When one of your students logs in to hotpotatoes.net
using the account you created for them, they will also see
a list of the Pages you have uploaded (but possibly not all
of them - students can only see the Pages uploaded to Classes
of which they are member). When they click on a Page title,
they will see the Page displayed.
If the Page is an exercise, the exercise
will start automatically. When the student completes
it (or the time-limit you have set for the exercise
expires) the student will be returned to their login
page automatically when the exercise is complete.
If the Page is not an exercise, it
will include a link which the student can click to return
to their login page when they have finished.