Every user has a "Dashboard" on INET ED platform where they can view material they have contributed and material they have bookmarked.
To contribute material, go to your Dashboard, select "Content" tab and click "Add New Content". This will bring up an "Upload box".
The "Upload box" has various fields to be entered by the contributor (refer to figure below).
(1) Title - enter the title of the material (e.g. "Macroeconomics for Poets")
(2) Author - enter the full name of the author(s) of the material (e.g. "William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge"). Only enter your own name if you are the author of the material yourself.
(3) Institution/Source - if material from the author is used at a particular institution, enter its name (e.g. "University of the Lake District"), or if the material comes from a website, enter the website's name (e.g. "Lake Economics website")
(4) Description - Provide a brief description of the material, and perhaps recommendation on usage.
e.g. "Lecture notes on Macroeconomics for Poets, by William Wordsworth and S.T. Coleridge, covering basics of GDP, output determination and overview of trade cycles, economic growth, and industrialization, and its ethical implications for society and natural resources. Suitable as a supplement for intermediate course for poets, or advanced course for industrialists."
(5) Difficulty level - choose a difficulty level. For simplicity, we have limited it to four levels. We leave it to your judgment, but their rough equivalences are:
- Beginner (high-school and general public)
- Introductory (freshman college)
- Intermediate (upper level college)
Advanced (graduate MA/Ph.D. and advanced undergraduates)
(6) Add Thumbnail - if you have an image you would like to use as a thumbnail of the content, you can upload the image here (various image formats supported, jpg, png, etc.).
(7) Select Category (Fields) - choose which of the six category fields (Micro, Macro, Methods, Policy, Thought, History) best fits your content. (You can select more than one field if the material overlaps).
(8) Select Tags (Topics) - choose up to three topic tags (subtopics) which your content best fits (relevant topic tags will be visible once you select category fields in (7)).
e.g. if you select "Macro" in category field, you can select "Macro Basics" and "Economic Development" in topic tags. If you select more than one category field, then the available topic tags will be collectively visible. Choose carefully as you cannot select more than three topic tags per content piece (see appendix for list).
(9) Select Restrictions - if you want your content to be only visible to other teachers and not visible to students (e.g. quiz answers), please select "Restrict access to teachers only". Otherwise leave it as "Generally accessible", and it will be visible to all.
(10) Select Type (Formats) - INET ED hosts a variety of teaching materials in various formats. These include:
- plain text ("Article")
We are in the process of expanding the range of material types to accommodate further file formats. Be sure to convert Word documents, Power Points, etc. into PDF format before uploading.
(11) Embed URL - this entry is only accessible if you selected "Video" in format type (10). In this case, go to the site where the video sits and select the video embedding link which you can then paste in the "Embed URL" entry in the upload box.
(e.g. go to Youtube website, right-click on the desired video, select "Copy video URL", a link that looks like "https://youtu.be/urLFQ4Ov_7U" will be automatically copied, then return to INETED and directly paste into the "Embed URL" entry in upload box.)
(12) Add Asset - this entry is only accessible if you selected "PDF", "Image", "Audio" or "Video" in format type (10). It will open a browser window into your computer so you can select the file to be uploaded.
(13) Article Text - this entry is only accessible if you selected "Article" in format type (10). This allows you to write content directly as plain text in the "Article Text" box.
Do NOT select "Article" to upload long essays. For that, it is probably best to convert to PDF and upload it as PDF.
Use "Article" when you want the content to merely point a hyperlink to a content page on another website. In the "Article Text" box, you can write a brief description and then use the hyperlink button to enter the hyperlink.
(e.g. in the Article Text section you can write: "Go to 'Poets on Industrial Revolution' essay at the Lake Economics website " and then copy and paste the link http://www.lakeconomics.org/industrial.htm).
(14) Confirm Terms of Service - a reminder of our Terms of Service, that you must not violate copyright, that you have copyright over the material you are uploading, or that it is in public domain.
(15) Add - submits the content to INET ED platform. Only press this once.
If the fields are filled successfully, the content will be uploaded. You should receive a brief pop-up notice that the content has been uploaded.