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Completing Assignments with BeachApps

Using BeachApps to complete an assignment works like this:

  1.    Go to BeachApps
    1. Log in
    2. Launch the app
       
  2. Got a document or data set?
    1. If your instructor provided a document or data set to get you started on your assignment, open it in the app
       
  3. Save your work to your BeachApps temporary workspace for the first time you save it
     
  4. Do your assignment
    1. Save your progress as you go to your BeachApps temporary workspace
       
  5. Save a copy of your completed assignments to your computer using BeachApps
    1. Submit your assignment

A reminder for the process listed above, users should routinely save all files to their own personal devices. BeachApps does provide a limited amount of temporary storage space. PLEASE NOTE: Work saved to a temporary storage space will be deleted three weeks after the end of the semester.


The focus of these instructions is the last four setps of the process - using BeachApps. If you need help logging in to BeachApps and launching an application, please see one of our BeachApps User Guides. For the remainder of this document SPSS will be used as the example BeachApps application, but the steps of each process below are the same regardless of which BeachApps application you are using.

Use a Windows or Mac desktop or laptop computer to create and edit your assignments. Tablets devices and phones are well suited for viewing, but awkard for creating and editing assignments.

Got a document or data set?

How to Use BeachApps to open a file on your computer: 

If your instructor provided a document or data set to get you started, you'll need to begin by opening that file on your computer in its associated BeachApps application. If you're creating a new document or data set, you can skip to the next step.

  1. Save the document or data set you were given by your instructor on your computer. Remember where you saved it!
  2. Log in to BeachApps and launch the application you need. Once opened, it runs as if it were on your computer. 
  3. After your launch a BeachApps application, a security warning dialog box may display. If it does, click on Permit all access (Windows) or Read & Write (Mac) so that you can open files on your desktop or laptop computer:

    Windows Permitting Access

    Example: Windows & Internet Explorer

    Mac Permitting Access


    Example: Mac & Safari
  4. Select File > Open from within the BeachApps application. If you are using SPSS, select File > Open > Data.
  5. Scroll to the very top of the list and select Desktop > BeachApps

    Using the dropdown menu to select BeachApps
  6. Select the disk and folder where you saved your document or data set (see step one above). In the example below, the file we're opening is located on the local C: drive of a computer named OAT-SWO in a folder called Temp.

    Using the dropdown menu to find your file
  7. Select the document or data set on your computer you want to open, and select Open.

Saving your work the first time

Using BeachApps to save a file to your BeachApps temporary workspace

Work must be saved. Not doing so will result in a loss of data when your BeachApps session ends.

BeachApps provides a high speed temporary workspace for saving files. It is the recommended storage option for work in progress.

  1. Select File > Save as from within the BeachApps application.
  2. You should save your work in progress to your BeachApps temporary workspace (not to your desktop or laptop). If a security dialog box displays, click on Permit all access (Windows) or Read & Write (Mac) so that you have the ability to open or save documents to your desktop or laptop later if needed.

    Windows Permitting Access

    Example: Windows & Internet Explorer

    Mac Permitting Access


    Example: Mac & Safari
  3. Scroll to the very top of the list and select Desktop > BeachApps

    Using the dropdown menu to select BeachApps
  4. Select Documents.
  5. If you're creating a new document or data set, give the document a name.
  6. Select Save.

Completing your assignment

Using BeachApps to save your progress to your BeachApps temporary workspace

Save your progress as you go to your BeachApps temporary workspace. Not doing so will result in a loss of data when your BeachApps session ends.

To save your progress, click on File > Save.

Submitting your assignment

Using BeachApps to save your completed assignment to your computer:

To submit your completed assignment, use BeachApps to open it from your BeachApps temporary workspace and save a copy of it to your computer.

  1. Log in to BeachApps and launch the application you need. Once opened, it runs as if it were on your computer.
  2. Select File > Open from within the BeachApps application. If you are using SPSS, select File > Open > Data.
  3. A security warning dialog box may display. If it does, click on Permit all access (Windows) or Read & Write (Mac) so that you can open and save files to your desktop or laptop computer:

    Windows Permitting Access

    Example: Windows & Internet Explorer

    Mac Permitting Access

    Example: Mac & Safari
  4. Scroll to the very top of the list and select Desktop > BeachApps.

    Using the dropdown menu to select BeachApps
  5. Select Documents.
  6. Select the document or data set you want to submit to your instructor, and select Open.

Save your completed assignment to your computer using BeachApps

  1. Select File > Save As from within the BeachApps application
  2. Select Desktop > BeachApps.

    Using the dropdown menu to select BeachApps
  3. Select the disk and folder on your computer that you want to save your completed assignment to. In the example below, the file we're saving is being saved to the local C: drive of a computer named OAT-SWO in a folder called Temp.

    Using the dropdown menu to find your file
  4. Select Save. Remember where you saved it!

You now have a copy of your completed assignment on your computer. Send it to your instructor using the method they prefer (email, Dropbox, etc.). If you need to print your assignment, email it to yourself and then print it from one of the computer labs on campus.

At the End of the Semester

Users should routinely save all files to their own personal devices. BeachApps does provide a limited amount of temporary storage space. PLEASE NOTE: Work saved to a temporary storage space willl be deleted three weeks after the end of the semester.