Responses have been positive so far.
- I am a new grad student in physics. ... I would like to extend my
compliments on your work. I knew nothing about UNIX before I took the
tutorial, and now I feel quite comfortable with it. (I took the tutorial
twice.) It was so easy to learn from. (And I'm not very computer
literate compared to a lot of folks.) I typed in a lot of the commands on
my own, just to get used to typing the commands, unless it was something
~/development, but I thought your point and click method was great.
- I love it. In fact I recommend it to all my friends (no kidding).
As someone who knows a little about getting around in Unix, e-mail, and
such it was great because I found the tutorial easy to scan for stuff
that I didn't know without getting bored.
My only question: Is there a way that an individual can somehow bookmark
where he/she left off? I doubt if anyone uses the tutorial straight
through--its hard to pick up where you left off the last time you used
the tutorial if you are reading it from beginning to end.
- I think that it would be more useful if
it was shown to people just entering OSU since by the time it was shown
to ph361 people had pretty much figured the basics out.
- When students ask questions like "How do I print a file?", I can say
"Look in the tutorial." This allows me to concentrate more on teaching
the subject matter and less on teaching computing.
If I attempt to teach my students all of this information
during the first day of class
they are overwhelmed and likely to forget something. One of the best
features of the tutorial is that it is available forever, not just on the
first day of class.