Quick Guide to HTML Basics

This guide was designed to help with the formatting of syllabus’, course descriptions, outlines, etc. for WebCt documents. These are basic HTML codes that will allow you to easily format a document to be viewed over the internet. GOOD LUCK !!


Code: Name and what it Does: What it looks like on the web:
<strong>HTML</strong> Bold Text – Makes whatever it’s around BOLD HTML
<em>HTML</em> Emphasis Tag - Makes whatever it’s around ITALIC HTML
<u>HTML</u> Underlines whatever it’s around HTML
<title></title> Document Title – briefly describes document information N/A
<br> Line Break – forces a line break in the online text flow
Ex:When<br>breaks are<br>placed like<br>this,<br>your text<br>will<br>look<br>like this.
breaks are
placed like
your text
like this.


<a href=”http://www2.fairmontstate.edu”>fsc</a>
<a href=mailto:youremail.com> Your email.com</a>

The <a href=””>…..</a> tag links one web resource to another. You can link to another website, or a person’s email by using the tags to the left. N/A
<hr size=”1”> Horizontal Rule – draws a horizontal line across the page, by changing the size of the rule determines the thickness of the line. N/A
<p>This is paragraph #1. Info info info info. Info info info info info info</p>
<p>This is paragraph #2. Info info info info. Info info info info info info </p>
Paragraph – breaks up text into content blocks

This is paragraph #1. Info info info info. Info info info info info info

This is paragraph #2. Info info info info. Info info info info info info

One person had this to say: <blockquote>”A man who knows not how to write may think this is no great feat.”</blockquote> Quote Style – Sets off long quotations or citations One person had this to say:
“A man who knows not how to write may think this is no great feat”
<center></center> Center tag – Centers text placed between center tags in the document. N/A

<ol><li>Peanut butter<li>Chocolate Chips<li>Butter</ol>
Ordered List <ol></ol> – makes a numbered list of elements

List item <li> - marks a member item within a list of any type
  1. Peanut butter
  2. Chocolate Chips
  3. Butter
<ul><li>Peanut butter<li>Chocolate Chips<li>Butter</ul> Unordered List <ul></ul> - makes a bulleted list of elements
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Butter





Headings – identifies first through sixth level headings, 1 being the largest size and 6 being the smallest.








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Partnership with WVNET to provide 24/7 Blackboard assistance

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:18am -- by Joanie Raisovich

We are excited to begin offering 24/7 Blackboard support for faculty and students through a partnership with WVNET. We have contracted with WVNET to supplement our current support by offering evening and weekend Blackboard assistance.

Please continue to contact the Teaching & Learning Commons during our normal business hours, and contact WVNET for assistance outside those hours. WVNET will be able to support Blackboard questions only; all other questions should be directed to the Teaching & Learning Commons as usual.

Change to Pierpont student email

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:57am -- by Joanie Raisovich

Please note that this information applies only to FSU faculty who also have Pierpont students in class. This change will not affect FSU student emails.

As of August 1, Pierpont IT moved their student email to Gmail. With that, Pierpont student emails changed from UCA@students.pierpont.edu to UCA@pierpont.edu. If you use Blackboard to communicate with your students, you don’t need to do anything differently. 

Student email addresses added to Global Address List

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:34am -- by Joanie Raisovich

FSU student email addresses were replaced in the Global Address List (GAL) last Friday. By now, Outlook should have updated your GAL, and you should see those emails. If not, please see below.

How to update Outlook GAL

To manually update the GAL, please do the following.


Open Outlook and Click File in the upper left corner.


Choose Account Settings, and then Download Address Book.

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