Virtual Guest Speaker Program Discussion List 

Procedure for registering for the discussion list

1.    When you go to http://www2.law.mercer.edu/pforums (the home page for the discussion list) for the first time, you will see a screen that looks something like this:

On the screen, you will notice four buttons on the upper right hand corner - Search, Register, Help, Login.  Click on the Register Button.

2.    When you click on the Register button, you will see a form that asks you to enter various information.  The only required fields are username, password, and e-mail address.  You can create your own username and password.  When you have entered the required information, click on the "Register" button at the bottom of the screen.   When you click on the button, you will see a screen that looks something like this:

3.    Click on the "Virtual Guest Speaker Program - Environmental Law" link.  At that point, you should see a page that looks something like this:
   

4.    You will notice that there are seven buttons across the top right hand corner of the page (Signup, Search, Home, Control Panel, ...).  Click on the "Signup" button to join the discussion list for the Virtual Guest Speaker program.  Once you do that, you will be a member of the list and you can post messages to the list.  You will notice that once you click on the "Signup" button, the buttons at the top right hand corner of the screen change and the "Signup" button is replaced by a "New Post" button.  The screen should look something like this:

5.    If you want to post a new message, simply click on the "New Post" button at the top of the screen.  If you want to read existing messages in a thread, such as the "Welcome Message" thread, click on the link for the message.  In the example above, you would click on the "Welcome Message" link to read the message and any replies to the message.

6.    At the end of your session, click on the "Logout" button in the top right hand corner of the screen to logout.


Procedure for using the discussion list

1.    When you go to the home page for the discussion list (http://www2.law.mercer.edu/pforums), you will first need to login.  You will see the login button in the upper right hand corner of the screen, as the home page should look something like this:

2.    When you click on the "Login" button, you will be prompted for your username and password.  Type in your username and password and click on the "Login" button at the bottom of the page.  After your hit "Login", you should see a screen that looks something like this:

3.    To enter the Virtual Guest Speaker Program discussion list, click on the "Virtual Guest Speaker - Environmental Law" link on the screen.  When you do, you will see a screen that looks something like this (although the actual messages may be different than those on the screen below):

4.    Reading and Replying to Existing Questions: If you want to read the Welcome Message that was posted and any replies to that message, click on the "Welcome Message" link.  If someone had posted an Environmental Justice message as on this example, you could read that message and any replies to that message by clicking on the "Environmental Justice" link.  If you clicked on the "Welcome Message" link, you might see something like this:

5.    You will notice that there are a series of icons above the text of the message to the right of the information regarding the time that the message was posted.  If you mouse over the icons, you will discover that, by clicking on the left-most icon, you can reply to the message.

6.    Posting New Questions or Topics: If, at any point, you wish to post a new message, rather than replying to messages that have already been posted, simply click on the "New post" button at the top of the screen.

7.    At the end of your session, click on the "Logout" button in the top right hand corner of the screen to logout.