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Global database oddities: Orphans and reconciliations

Phillips, R., Hallam, M. and Strong, J. (2002) Global database oddities: Orphans and reconciliations. In: WebCT 2002 Asia Pacific Conference, 24 - 27 March 2002, Melbourne, VIC

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This presentation will discuss problems that occasionally occur between the WebCT global database and individual course databases. When the linkage between the global and course databases becomes corrupt, both students and designers can become “orphaned”, resulting in their access to the course becoming compromised. These problems can be difficult to resolve, unless the underlying architecture of the WebCT global database is understood.

We will present an overview of the file structures which make up the global and course databases, describing the key files and what they contain. In this context, we will discuss common problems, such as orphan students and disconnected students. We will describe how these occur, and how to fix them, either manually or using simple scripts. We will also discuss the distinction between primary designers and shared designers, and how to change these. The differences between Version2.x and Version3.x will be highlighted in each case.

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