How To Use Web Crossing Discussion Forum

These guidelines provide step-by-step directions for some of the common tasks in the Web Crossing discussion forum. You can read through this page in order, following each step of the guidelines, or you can click on a specific task in the list below:


Registering to use Web Crossing

  1. Go to Web Crossing Login Page at http://www.d.umn.edu/webx
  2. Register as a WebX user: the first time you go to the WebX page, you need to register as a user. To do this, click on the Register button (no need to fill in your name and password -- you will do this when you get to the next screen).
  3. The "Register" button takes you to a New User Registration screen. Enter your name (first name then last. This is not the same as your UMD login e.g. hrallis); Choose a password and enter this; then enter you e-mail address.
    CAUTION: You can choose the same password as your UMD e-mail password. However, if you connect to Web Crossing from a non-UMD computer, you are passing this information across the Internet in an unsecure form. Chances of anyone finding this information are slim, but be aware of this. If you choose a password different to your UMD one, PLEASE be sure it is one you will remember!
  4. Click the Register button. Bingo! You are now a registered user. Next time you log in to Web Crossing, you will need to enter your name and password again, but do not need to register again. Instead, after typing in your name and password, click on the Login button and enter your name (first and last) and password.
  5. You will then be taken to a list of Web X folders. Click on my name (Helen Rallis) and then select the folder for our course.

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Logging in to Web Crossing once you are a registered user

  1. Go to Web Crossing Login Page at http://www.d.umn.edu/webx
  2. Enter in your full name and password.
  3. Click on the Login button


  4. This takes you to a list of UMD faculty folders. Select the one marked Frank Guldbrandsen. It is the thrid link on the page.


  5. From there you choose the folder for our class and then can read and/or participate in discussions. I have not limited access to my class discussions, so anyone can read and participate in them even if they are not in our class or at UMD. As in any discussion, on-line or not, please be respectful of others in your comments. A general rule to follow is only post comments that you would be willing for a current or future employer, family member, and friend to see!

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Changing your password

You can change your password at any time if you wish. (However, to do so, you need to know what the password is that you want to change!) To change your password:

  1. Go to Web Crossing Login Page at http://www.d.umn.edu/webx and log in.
  2. Click on the preferences button:
  3. This takes you to a screen showing all the preferences set by default for you. You can experiment with changing these later as you become more familiar with Web Crossing. For now, scroll down the page to near the end where you will see spaces for you to change your password:
  4. Enter in your new password in the first box, enter it again in the second, and enter your old password in the third box.
    CAUTION: You can choose the same password as your UMD e-mail password. However, if you connect to Web Crossing from a non-UMD computer, you are passing this information across the Internet in an unsecure form. Chances of anyone finding this information are slim, but be aware of this. If you choose a password different to your UMD one, PLEASE be sure it is one you will remember!
  5. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on the Set Preference button:
  6. You will get a screen saying "preferences updated" and a showing you your new preferences. Click the OK button.

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Posting messages

  1. Once you are in the WebX folder for our course you will see a list of the discussion folders for the class. For example, the following shows the discussion folder for The art of Peace. Within this folder there is 1 discussion folder (there will be more later). The first folder topic is on "The Art of Peace begins with you...."


  2. To read and to participate in a discussion, click on the folder of your choice.
  3. This will take you to the discussion folder and will show you a list of discussion threads within this folder. To read these, click on the discussion topic. For example, clicking on Use of web pages for teaching takes you into this folder and you will see a question I have posed for you to discuss, namely "What does this mean for you?"
  4. To participate in discussion related to this topic, click on this folder ("What ways have you seen web pages used in schools?"). You need to click on this folder first in order to open it. One you are inside the folder, then you can respond to the question.

    When you see this, you can post a message of your own in one of two ways:
  5. Option A: By replying to my comments about The Art of Peace: To do this, click on the button marked "reply."


    This will give you a box in which to type your reply. You type in your thoughts and then click on the button marked "Post My Message." Your reply will be posted as a response to mine, so it becomes a thread in the discussion that I started.


  6. Option B: By starting a new thread of your own, in this case, telling us about ways you have implemented the Art of Peace in your life. To do this, you would click on the "Post Message" button in the group of buttons below my message.



    This will give you a box just like the one shown above for posting a reply. Enter your message and click on the button marked "Post My Message." Your message will be posted as a new discussion under the larger topic. Other people can then respond to your comments or start their own thread.

These directions were modified for Frank Gulbrandsen, using directions created by Helen Rallis. For more information go to: http://www.d.umn.edu/~hrallis/educ5413f99/webx/HowToWebx.html

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