Currently, students complete most of their assignments by hand. I send you worksheets in pdf format, which you print out, complete, scan and return. If you are working from a text as for Basic Harmony, or for private lessons, assignments come directly from your text.
Thus, students need a reliable way of printing out worksheets, and scanning their completed work back into a digital format. Right now, students can submit their work through the site. My hosting service imposes a 2MB limit on file size for uploading, which takes a little work to acheive. I do not have control over this limit at this time but there are some work-arounds. The first is really understanding your scanner settings. Pdf files do not have to be that big. You may notice that even the multipage assignments I send out are still quite small in file-size.
Below are a few hints for scanning your work:
- Use a dark pencil for your work
- Use a flatbed style scanner.
- Make sure your scanner is set to grey-scale. Color scans are not necessary and increase file size substantially.
- Set the resolution of your scanner to 300dpi
- Collect multiple pages into a single pdf file. Adobe, among others have software packages that can do this for you.
Up to now, I have been accepting work by email as well as through the site, although this method is becoming unwieldy. I am beginning to test Dropbox as an alternative method of sharing files. Dropbox has become the standard way of sharing files between different people. Enrolled students will receive an invitation to a Dropbox folder within 48 hours of enrolment. Once a student accepts the invitation, we can exchange all our work through this folder.