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					A Basic Guide to ProNoun

Spring 2001

ProNoun Information Table of Contents
Introduction Changing your ProNoun Password Moving Talking Logging Out Reading Notebooks Using Recorders Understanding Objects Emoting Joining and Paging Others Sharing URL’s Using Web Projectors Page 3 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 5 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 8 Page 9 Page 9

Introduction
As more corporations and businesses move to on-line workspaces and telecommuting, you will be expected to engage with your colleagues in electronic environments. ProNoun, our virtual classroom space, will allow you to explore the benefits of virtual team meetings for planning, drafting, revising, and peer responding. Be aware that the MOO a professional space which is monitored by other instructors in the Professional Writing Program. Other classes meet in this space, so you should never interrupt another class in session! If you have questions about navigation, please ask me and I will try to help. The URL for ProNoun’s login screen is http://linnell.english.purdue.edu:7000; links to this address can be found throughout the course web materials. Before logging in to ProNoun, make certain that both Java and Javascript are enabled in your browser. You can check this by going to the menu bar in Netscape and selecting “Edit” and then “Preferences.” One of your options in “Preferences” is “Advanced.” Within “Advanced” preferences, make certain the boxes next to both “Enable Java” and “Enable Javascript” are checked.

Changing your ProNoun Password
Your ProNoun account is not affiliated with your PUCC account on campus. Instead, your ProNoun account is administered by the Professional Writing Program in relationship to your enrollment in the course. Below are instructions for changing your password in ProNoun. Be certain to change your password, and remember your password is case sensitive. 1. Click on the "Options" button along the encore express toolbar. You will receive an "Editing Options for your character name" screen. 2. Select the "Password" link (The first category listed on "Please Select a Category" list). You will be in the "Password" section. 3. In the "Old Password:" dialog box, delete the asterisks and type in your current password. 4. In the "New Password:" dialog box, type in your new password. 5. Click on the "Change Password" button.

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You will receive a message window which states "Your password has been changed. Please keep it secure and do not let anyone see it." 6. Click on the "OK" button. You can close the "Editing Options" screen.

Moving in ProNoun
Each of you has an @sethomes location in ProNoun which is designated by me; throughout the semester your team’s meeting room will function as your MOO “home.” In order to navigate back and forth between your team's small meeting room and our classroom pod, “DavidB’s pod,” you can choose one of the options listed below.

To move from your small meeting room to our pod:
Click on the link "DavidB’s Pod." OR In the message window, type @go DavidB’s pod. OR In the message window, type @go #5638.

To move from our pod to your small meeting room:
Click on the link appropriately labeled with your team's number. For example, if you are in team one, click on the "Small Meeting Room 02-01" link. OR In the message window, type @go your meeting room name. For example, if you are in team one, type @go Small Meeting Room 02-01. OR In the message window, type @go #number for your meeting room.

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Talking in ProNoun
Your presence in ProNoun does not equate with participation; in other words, to participate fully in the ProNoun environment, you and your team members will need to "discuss" assignments and projects. In order to talk to one another, you should use the following commands.

To speak to everyone in the room:
In the message window, type "your message For example, to say hello to everyone, type "hello! Note: You do not need an ending quotation mark at the close of your message.

To address your comments to a particular person in the room:
In the message window, type to character's name your message. For example, to say hello to Joe, type to JoeB hello! Note: You do not need quotation marks in your message.

Logging out of ProNoun
At the close of your ProNoun meetings, each of you should log out. To do so, you should use one of the following commands. In the message window, type @quit and hit return. OR Click on the "Quit" button along the encore express toolbar.

Reading Notebooks in ProNoun
Each team has its own notebook placed in its small meeting room. Your team should get in the habit of reading its notebook upon entering ProNoun. This notebook will have the most recent messages concerning your ProNoun daily assignments.

To read your team notebook:
Click on the link labeled with your team's notebook number. For example, if you are in team two, click on the "Notebook 02-02" link.

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OR In the message window, type in read your notebook name. For example, if you are in team two, type read Notebook 02-02. OR In the message window, type in read #number for your team's notebook.

Using the Recorders in ProNoun
Each team also has its own recorder placed in its small meeting room. Your team should get in the habit of recording its discussions when meeting in ProNoun and emailing these recordings to me. Each team should choose a consistent “recorder person” who is responsible for starting and stopping the recorder and emailing the recorder log to me at the end of class.

To begin recording:
In the message window, type “start recorder” After you type in the command to start the recorder, you will be asked to type in a name for this log. You will receive the following prompt:“[Type a label for this log or `@abort' to abort the command.]”

To name the log in the recorder:
After the prompt mentioned above, in the message box, type name of the log. For example, type team one (8/29)

To stop recording:
Once the meeting is completed, in the message window, type stop recorder Note: The same person should both stop and start the recorder so that he or she is given the option to email the recorder log. If the same person who starts the recorder also stops it, he or she should receive the following prompt: “PS! You can get an HTML formatted version of test by pointing your web browser to http://linnell.english.purdue.edu:7000/1936 and saving it as HTML source to your machine. Would you like me to send the log 'test' to your registered email address? [Enter `yes' or `no']”

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To email the recorder log:
In the message window, the person who started and stopped the recorder should type “yes” in response to the prompt mentioned above. The team member who stopped the recorder then should receive a confirmation message for the email that reads something like: “Mailing team one (8/29) to me@purdue.edu.” The person who receives the log should be certain to forward this email log to me and the other members of the team.

Understanding Objects in ProNoun
All "items" in MOOs, from your own person to the small meeting rooms and notebooks, are considered objects and have their own specific identification numbers. The following commands will allow you to access additional information about objects within the MOO. To generate an object's number, its owner, its aliases, and a list of verb commands associated with the object, you can use the examine command.

To examine an object:
In the message window, type @examine nameofobject For example, to examine Recorder 02-03, type @examine Recorder 02-03 Note: You must be in the same room with the object that you are examining. In addition to the @examine command, you can access additional information about selected objects in ProNoun by using the help command.

To access help information about an object:
In the message window, type help nameofobject For example, to learn more about Notebook 0203, type help Notebook 02-03 The help command will provide you with a list of other commands that can be executed in relation to the specified object.

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Emoting in ProNoun
While most of your interactions with your team members, other classmates, and me will involve talking, you also can express yourself through actions. In MOO spaces, actions are expressed through "emoting." In order to emote in ProNoun, use the following instructions.

To emote:
In the message window, type :verb For example, to emote a smile, type :smiles Note: You should use third-person when emoting. Also, your emote will be displayed to everyone in the room with you and will be captured by recorders.

Joining & Paging Others in ProNoun
Moving in ProNoun is a relatively easy task, but if you don't know where one of your team members currently is located in the MOO, you can use the join command. In order to join other persons in a different room of ProNoun, use the following instructions.

To join another person:
In the message window, type @join charactername For example, to join me, type @join DavidB Note: You should only use @join other persons in the MOO if you know that you are not interrupting them. It is best to page classmates or me before you @join. Paging allows you to send communications to other persons in the MOO without being in the same room as them. In order to page other persons in a different room of ProNoun, use the following instructions.

To page another person:
In the message window, type page charactername message. For example, to page me, type page MelindaT can I join you? Note: Your page will be displayed to all other persons present in the same room of the MOO with the person whom you have paged.

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Sharing URL’s in ProNoun
While working in ProNoun, you and your team members can view web materials without having to exit the MOO space. This feature can be useful for reviewing materials in the course website and accessing other online materials which are relevant to course projects. To display web pages using the @URL command, follow the instructions below.

To share a URL:
In the message window, type @URL URLforwebsite For example, to view the Purdue website, type @URL http://www.purdue.edu After you enter this command, the page that you want to share should be displayed to everyone in the room where you currently are located.

Using Web Projectors in ProNoun
You also can use a web projector to view web pages while in ProNoun. Each of the team’s small meeting rooms contains a web projector in which you may place slides of your projects. Use the instructions below to access these slides.

To view a slide by yourself:
In the message window, type view slide# on nameofwebprojector For example, to view the first slide on the web projector in Small Meeting Room 4, type view 1 on web4 After you enter this command, the first slide in the projector should be displayed to only you.

To show a slide to everyone in the room:
In the message window, type display slide# on nameofwebprojector For example, to view the second slide on the web projector in Small Meeting Room 3, type display 2 on web3 After you enter this command, the second slide should be displayed to everyone who is in Small Meeting Room 3.

To view a list of available slides:
In the message window, type peek nameofwebprojector For example, to view a list of the slides that are available on the web projector in Small Meeting Room 1, type peek web1 After you enter this command, you should be able to view a numbered list of the slides that are available on the web projector.

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