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Welcome to Frequently Asked Question

Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If your question isn't covered by the list below please feel free to pop into the Cafe* and see if anybody can help or alternativly 'Ask a question'* to the conference team.

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Q.    I have tried to add my image and brief biography but can't see save ... does it happen automatically?

A.  There is a save button at the bottom of the screen (we've recently modified this page in light of user feedback)
(answered 25/05/2007 10:34:09) 

Q.    What equipment will I need? 

A.  You will not need any spec ial equipment, other than an internet enabled computer. The conference site will work with Internet Explorer 6.0 and 7.0, Firefox, Opera and both PCs and Macs. Please note that if you are using Internet Explorer, the site works best with + 800px width, and that smaller windows may experience wrapping, causing formatting to be distorted.

Many of the documents are in PDF format. To view them you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader here for free.
(answered 24/05/2007 14:13:33) 
Q.    How can I register for the conference?  
A.  Registration will open on the 10th May 2007 until the 18th May 2007. To register click the 'register' button near the top on the left had side on this page. This will take you to our registration page where you will have to fill out your details (name, institution, email address) and will guide you though the process from there.
(answered 10/05/2007 12:22:39) 

Q.    How do I change my username which appears in the chat window? 
A.  Unfortunately we are unable to change usernames which appear in the chat windows (one of the limitations of our platform). If you have an obscure name introduce yourself to the room. Posts in the discussion forums will display your first and lastname.
(answered 25/05/2007 13:12:38) 

Q.    How do I edit my profile? 
A.  If you have already registered and received a username and password you can click here to edit your profile*. Alternatively you can edit your profile at anytime your logged in by clicking on your name which appears in the bar in the top left (next to the 'logout' button).
(answered 09/05/2007 13:34:11) 

Q.    How do I get my image (avatar) to appear next to my forum posts?  
A.  For your image to appear next to your forums posts you need to create an 'Extended Profile' and upload an image. To do this goto 'Managing your account'*  (or login and click on your name next to the 'logout' button). On the page that opens, towards the bottom under 'Extended Profile' click on the link to 'Create Your Extended Profile' or click on the 'Edit' button. In the window that opens and beneath the biography text window there is a section where you can 'Manage your avatar'. Click on browse to locate a suitable avatar image (it must be in *.jpg format) then 'Upload'. Your avatar will then appear against all your discussion posts.
(answered 09/05/2007 14:11:51) 

Q.    How do I mark conversations that I have read, as read? 
A.  Unfortunately our discussion forum software does not have this feature.
(answered 29/05/2007 16:29:24) 

Q.    How much does it cost to attend the conference? 
A.  It is free to participate in this online conference, due to the sponsorship of the REAP project.
(answered 09/05/2007 13:34:43) 

Q.    How much time will I need to participate? 
A.  We have provided a short 'Tips for delegates' which provides some guidance on the level of commitment required and how best to use your time.
(answered 09/05/2007 13:40:51) 

Q.    How will the online conference work? 
A.  The conference format will enable you to participate in several different ways. There are three keynote papers, and a number of case study papers which will be discussed over the course of the conference. These are all available to delegates before the conference opens so you have time to read through the ones which are of interest to you. During the conference there will be an opportunity to ‘discuss’ these papers in two ways – there will be a chat session and discussion forum linked to each paper.
(answered 09/05/2007 13:42:06) 

Q.    How will the time difference be adapted for those in different time zones? 
A.  Apart from the live chat session the conference is based on asynchronous activities. Discussion forums are open throughout the conference and all keynote presentation will be made available for the entire conference period. A record of the chat sessions will also be posted shorty after they finish.
(answered 23/05/2007 22:38:08) 

Q.    I can see delegates online but if they are not present in the chat room how can I invite them? 
A.  Unfortunately the conference platform has no facility to do this.
(answered 26/05/2007 09:56:09) 

Q.    Is there any way to avoid chat room posts 'jumping to the fore' when I'm using an additional browser to explore other things? 
A.  In the chat window under the 'compose message' field there are two checkboxes. Unticking the first one will stop the browser taking focus (jumping to the front). [Unticking the second checkbox will stop the browser playing a sound when a message arrives]
(answered 29/05/2007 16:06:11) 

Q.    I've registered and logged in but still get 'Access Denied' on some pages? 
A.  For now we are just registering participants to the conference site. We will contact participants when additional parts of the conference site are opened up.
(answered 10/05/2007 12:16:55) 

Q.    What are the key conference dates? 
  • Registration opens: 10th May 2007
  • Registration deadline: 18th May 2007 
  • On-line pre-view of case studies: 24th - 28th May 2007
  • International Online Conference: 29th – 31st May 2007

(answered 10/05/2007 12:22:17) 

Q.    What is an online conference? 
A.  An online conference is held entirely over the internet, meaning you can participate from anywhere you like, and at anytime you like as long as you have access to an internet enabled computer.
(answered 09/05/2007 13:45:52) 

Q.    When will the conference be open? 
A.  The conference site will be open from the 24th to the 31st May 2007. This will allow delegates time to read the case study and keynote papers, and to start posting reflections within the discussion forums.

The actual conference sessions will run between the 29th and 31st May 2007.
(answered 09/05/2007 13:47:32) 

Q.    Where are the case study papers and other resources? 
A.  Once you are logged in you will be able to view all the conference resources by clicking on ‘Case Study Library’ in the left hand navigation bar, or by clicking on the ‘Case Studies’ tab along the top of the page. Alternatively, each case study paper will be linked to within its session page.
(answered 09/05/2007 13:48:50) 

Q.    Why does my name not appear in the Delegate Directory? 
A.  To appear in the 'delegate directory' you have to create an 'Extended Profile'. To do this goto 'Managing your account'*  (or login and click on your name next to the 'logout' button). On the page that opens, towards the bottom under 'Extended Profile' click on the link to 'Create Your Extended Profile'.
(answered 09/05/2007 13:57:59)