Where and how to access FirstClass
The FirstClass software runs on Macintosh and Windows and is installed
on all corresponding computers on Campus. You will find the program in a Folder
called FirstClass Client (for Window is FirstClass).
After you open the folder you can start
a session by double-clicking on the
FirstClass icon in the new
window. The login window will appear and you can log in by entering your
user id and password that you were given in class (Hit return/enter only after
you entered both, user id and password).
- Desktop Window
- Once you are logged into FirstClass you will see the Desktop window which
includes 15 folders: Mailbox, News, Conferences, Help and one folder (called
conference) for each of
the 11 homework sets. You can send and receive mail
with the Mailbox icon. Important course
information will be
found in the News (icon). There will be a flag next to these icons if they
contain information you have not read. You may find help for the problems in
the conferences with the corresponding set icons.
- You can post your questions for each problem in the appropriate
folder within each set and/or you can reply to other students'
questions. All that
information will be in the folder and will be accessible to everyone.
Again, there will be a flag next to a conference which contains information
that you have not read yet.
Once you have opened a conference by double clicking on the icon, you can post a
message with help of the Compose... (for Windows it is the New Message)
command under the Message
menu of the menu bar on top of the screen.
Enter a subject title and type the message in the bottom half of the
window. The default address is the corresponding conference. You can send the
message by just closing the window and clicking on Send Now.
The menu bar on the top should guide you in how to
reply to a message and perform other commands.
- In addition to the messages in the conference folders each folder
contains its own Chat icon. When you double click on this icon
you will start a chat (or join it) if there is one already in progress (this is indicated by a red balloon). If you start a
Chat, you can invite
other users by clicking Invite and then select one or several
users that are online. The chat screen is split in two parts. You type inside the box of the top window. The top window also
contains a list of participants in the chat and the bottom part shows the
chat itself. In order to view the full list of participants you might have
to increase the size of the top screen, which you can do by
pointing on the line and drag down. (Note that you type inside the box of the top window)
You can leave the chat by closing the window.
- Close your session with Quit (for Windows it is Exit)
under the File menu.
- Questions and Comments
- If you have questions or comments about the system you are welcome to
send them to the Administrator of the system. Send a message in the same
way you would write a message to a conference, just enter admin in the
address field ( To:).
Please feel free to explore the system. If you are familiar with a Macintosh or Windows you
will find that many of the features you already know will apply here.
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Last Updated Jan. 08, 1997, nedavis