Fall 2015 SIMnet Projects Guide
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As the fall semester begins, we would like to familiarize you with the new projects start screen. After you’ve navigated to your project, you’ll see a screen that looks a whole lot like this:
It outlines the three major steps to successfully completing a project – downloading your files, saving your files back to SIMnet, and grading your file. Other than actually doing your project, that’s about it!
There are two basic ways you can go about completing step 1.
Under 1. Download Files you will see the link, open the File Download Wizard. Click this link to open the Download Wizard. The Download Wizard will automatically download your start file. This is the file that you will do your work on. Make sure you actually know where your browser sends your files! It’s typically to your Downloads folder. If the start file doesn’t download, click the click here link to download it.
If you’re using a Mac this will look a little bit different for projects that support Office for Mac 2011 and/or Office for Mac 2016 . The Download Wizard will detect if you have downloaded your file on a Mac, and offer you the option to selectOffice for Mac 2011 if you have Office for Mac 2011 on your computer. Select Office for Mac 2016 if you have Office for Mac 2016 installed on your computer. If you need help deciding which version of Office for Mac you have, just check the Determining your Mac for Office Version section at the bottom of this post!
On any machine, after you’ve downloaded your start file, click the Download Instruction File button to download the Instruction File, which tells you how to work on your start file. ALWAYS follow the directions that you download in the instruction file instead of following the instructions in the printed book.
Sometimes a project requires Resource Files. On projects that require you to insert an image, or import a file, the next step will be to click the Download Resource Bundle button. This will download a .zip file filled with important resource files. Check the Best Practices document to learn how to use .zip files.
Then download the Solution File, (if your instructor makes it available) and Best Practices documents if you’d like to use them. Click the Solution File button and the Best Practices button. We strongly recommend reading theBest Practices before doing your first project. After that you should be a pro!
If you don’t want those files, click the Skip button. If you’ve downloaded all the available files, that button turns to Next before you click it. Click Close and now you’re ready to open your files.
As you can see below, there are also a number of links besides the open the File Download Wizard. links in the 1. Download Files section. You can use these instead of the wizard if you prefer!
All you need to do is select the links for you to download the files you’ll need. Select the optional files that you’d like to view. The Solution File can always be helpful. The Best Practices file is a must read before you start your first project.
Select the correct instruction file for your machine. If you are working on a Windows computer, select Office for Windows. If you’re working on one of the many projects approved for Office for Mac, and you are using a Mac, select the link for you. If you have Office for Mac 2011 click the Office for Mac 2011 link. If you have Office for Mac 2016, click Office for Mac 2016. If you are using a Mac and need help determining which version of Office for Mac you’re using just scroll to the last section in this post!
Next, click the All office versions link in the Start File (required) section to download your start file.
Sometimes a project requires Resource Files. On projects that require you to insert an image, or import a file, the next step will be to click the All office versions link in the Resources (required) section. This will download a .zip file filled with important resource files. Check the Best Practices document to learn how to use .zip files.
Open your downloaded files. Follow the Instructions to edit your Start File. Use any Resources as instructed. Complete all instructions carefully!
Once you have finished your project, you need to upload & save it to SIMnet. Click the Upload my file button, select your file, and click Open. This will replace any file that was previously uploaded for this project. The Submit Uploaded File? wizard lets you grade your file immediately by clicking Yes, submit the file. You can also use the Upload & Save feature to save your work online, to retrieve later. Click No, I’m not ready. Once you’ve uploaded your file, download it again from the Current File section.
If you selected No, I’m not ready. in step 3, click the Grade my file button to submit your project for grading. After your project has been graded, look for the eye icon for results that are available. Click the Attempt link to view past results.
If you are using a Mac, some of the 2013 projects have been adapted for use with Office 2011 for Mac and Office 2016 for Mac. For Mac supported projects, follow the correct version of the project instructions for your version of Office for Mac. To check your version, open Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. To see your version, choose the Word menu and click About Word; the Excel menu and click About Excel; or the PowerPoint menu and click About PowerPoint.
If the number after Version is less than 15, select Office for Mac 2011 when downloading instructions. If the number after Version is 15 or greater, select the instructions for Office for Mac 2016.