User Accounts

Whenever I try to login, I get an "Access Denied" message. What's going on?

Make sure you have cookies enabled in your browser settings before you attempt to log in to the site.

What are “ratings”?

OPOSSEM allows registered users to use a 5-star system to ‘rate’ both instructional materials and web links. Users can only rate an item one time. This helps users find materials and links that are considered particularly helpful by other members of the community. No one can see who rated their material or what rating an individual user gave the material or link. This is to reduce measurement error in the rating system. This is similar to the "karma" system on Slashdot (http://slashdot.org) and other user-moderated sites.

OPOSSEM Badges are awesome! How do I earn a higher level on my Badges?

Users attain higher Badges based on their activity on the site. Users earn points for posting instructional materials, new discussion topics, and commenting on existing instructional materials and discussion topics.

What are OPOSSEM Badges?

Badges are a way to recognize OPOSSEM users, especially those who are particularly active within the community. So far, we're focusing on three key areas of user activity on the site: connecting with others, engaging with our content, and moderating our comments. We're highlighting these three areas and recognizing the top users in them.

Can I change my profile picture?

Yes, you can always make changes to your profile picture. On your profile page (http://opossem.org/user/), choose the Edit tab. You will see an area labeled "Picture." In this area you can upload a photo from your computer. The image should be in .gif, .jpg, or .png format.

What do I do when my email address changes?

Simply go to your user page: http://opossem.org/user after logging in and choose the Edit tab. This will take you to a form that enables you to change your email address, without losing your account history.

Please do not simply create a new account. The new account will not have your uploaded instructional materials or user points.

I would like to include my contributions to OPOSSEM in my tenure or promotion file. How should I do this?

OPOSSEM members are encouraged to include their OPOSSEM contributions on their CVs as a teaching-related activity. In addition to the citation, which appears on your materials page, OPOSSEM recommends that you include the number of page views, total number of file downloads, average rating, and number of ratings. Because this information is included on each page of your uploaded materials, colleagues interested in verifying your information can visit the pages themselves.

How should I list my OPOSSEM content on my curriculum vitae (CV)?

OPOSSEM suggests that you list your contributed instructional materials as contributions to your teaching activities on your CV. In addition to the citation, which appears on your materials page, OPOSSEM recommends that you include the number of page views, total number of file downloads, average rating, and number of ratings. Because this information is included on each page of your uploaded materials, colleagues interested in verifying your information can visit the pages themselves. 

Where can I change my password?

After you are logged in, you can change your password by visiting your profile at http://opossem.org/?q=user. Click on the “EDIT” tab to change your password. 

Where can I change my screen name?

After you are logged in, you can change your screen name by visiting your profile at http://opossem.org/?q=user. Click on the “EDIT” tab to change your user name. 

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