Using MyFiles to See Your Returned Work

I have decided to use the MyFiles system to return your papers to you rather than the perpetually problematic Blackboard. MyFiles is not as “easy” to use as Blackboard, but it should allow us to circumvent some of the technical problems with Blackboard.

Navigate to myfiles.newschool.edu in your web browser and log in. Now you must first go up to the “root” or top level of the folder hierarchy. Look for a navigation bar under the orange “Files” tab. Click the folder icon at the left of the chain of folder names (which will normally be something like “Home > abcd123”), circled in red in this screenshot:

Screenshot of folder navigation bar

Screenshot of folder navigation bar

Now you must navigate down to the folder I have created for you in my own folder for this course. Double-click the Data folder in the list of folders:

Screenshot of root folder

Screenshot of root folder

Then double-click the 02 folder. Inside 02 you will see my folder, goldstoa; inside goldstoa the folder for our course, lf2; and finally, inside lf2, a folder for our section, either d or e (d is my 12 p.m. class, e is my 2 p.m. class). If you open that folder you will at last see a folder with your last name (I have blurred out the name in the example screenshot:)

Screenshot of student subfolder

Screenshot of student subfolder

Open this folder and you should see a list of files from me, including my comments on your paper and my marked-up copy of your paper (called <lastname>-paper1-cmt.pdf and <lastname>-paper1-marked.pdf). Double-click these icons to download them. If you see files whose names begin with ._, ignore them:

Screenshot of student subfolder contents

Screenshot of student subfolder contents

Explanation

MyFiles is the New School’s community file server, which operates on a protocol called WebDAV: it works like a giant hard drive we all can use via the web. From your web browser you can put files in your own home folder. The power of this system is that your data can be private. I have set the “permissions” so that only you and I will be able to see and share information in your folder for the course. And only you have access to your own separate home directory on MyFiles. I encourage all of you to use your home directory on MyFiles as an extra space to back up your most important files.