Course Folders

Penn Design IT Services provides space on the student file server for course materials.

Basic Information


  • All PennDesign Faculty & Staff have full read/write access to any CF (not just their own CF).
  • Access given to students is implied for ALL PennDesign students. (Access is NOT specific to the students of that course.)
  • Course Folders are created the week prior to the start of the semester for…
    • Every graduate level course
    • Every computer related undergraduate course
    • Every studio
  • If, for some reason, a folder was not created for your course, studio, or project, please contact the PennDesign ITS department with the following information:
    • -Course Number (e.g. CPLN601)
    • -Faculty Name – Name & Email address of any TA that should have full access
  • All Course Folders data from the previous semester will be archived (saved to tape) and purged roughly a month after the end of classes. An announcement including the exact date will be sent to all students and faculty at least two weeks prior to this process.


  • Each course folder gets 40GB of space.
    • If this limit is met, attempts to add files may result in an error message indicating the quota has been exceeded.
    • If additional disk space is required, the instructor or T/A may send a request to
  • Subfolders:  Each CF contains the following 3 sub-folders for specific purposes. The information in parenthesis indicates the access rights for students. Each CF contains the following 3 sub-folders for specific needs (others may be added by the instructor or T/A).
    • Distribution (Read Only) – This folder is intended for distributing materials TO the students. Students can read the files but must save them to another location in order to make any changes.
    • Submission (Write & List Only) – This folder is for receiving materials FROM the students. They will be able to copy a file to the folder and view the contents. They will NOT be able to read or edit any files, including their own.
    • Public (Full Access) – This is intended for students to exchange materials. Students can create sub-folders and read, edit, or delete any file/folder.

Connection from Windows 7: (PennDesign Buildings Only)

  1. Click the Start Menu
  2. Enter the following address in the blank field:  \\\shares\courses


Connection from Mac OS X: (PennDesign Buildings Only)

Here’s how to connect to the course folders from your Mac:

  1. In the Finder, go to the Go menu, and select Connect to Server
  2. Now, type in “smb://
  3. From there, you’ll be able to find your course folder.

Remote Access to Course Folders (From Any Location Via Web)

To access course folders remotely (including non PennDesign buildings on campus), simply login to the Remote Access Web Interface using your PennDesign username and password:

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