F.A.Q.

Below are Frequently Asked Questions you might encounter while following this lecture series.

Technical Questions
I can’t log in.
I forgot my password
Where can I change my personal settings?
I can’t access the lecture videos.
I can’t access the literature.
I can’t access the assignments.
I can’t upload my file.
I have multiple accounts.
My post in the Forum looks weird.

Course Specific Questions
Who is participating in this lecture series?
Where can I find my group?
Where can I find my assignments?
When do I have to post my assignment?
When will the lectures be available on the website?

General Questions
What are the Lecture Series?
How can I participate?
Am I allowed to use the course material from this website for other (teaching) purposes?
What is Open Access?
What is Social Bookmarking?
What is a Tag?

Contact
Who should I contact if my question is not listed here?

I can’t log in.
If you are a student from one of the universities that participate and you are enrolled for the course, you should have received an email concerning registration. This email guides you through the registration process. Should you encounter any difficulties, please carefully read the instructions again. In case you are still experiencing trouble logging in, please send an email to uva.ids2011@gmail.com and explain the exact problem.

If you have subscribed for the course but not received any email concerning online registration, please contact the faculty of your universities. Take into account that your university may start the course on a later date. Students from the University of Amsterdam receive the online registration email late in August or early September.

I forgot my password.
If you have forgotten your password you can reset it by using the email address used for enrollment.

If you are unsure which email address you used to enroll in the course, send an email to uva.ids2011@gmail.com with your first and last name and the university you are enrolled in. Click here to reset your password.

Where can I change my personal settings?
After having logged in, you reach your personal workspace. This is the place where you can change your profile, account – incl. password and username – and so on. When you are working in the IDS community, switch your working space at the top of the left bar to my workspace.

I can’t access the lecture videos.
Please make sure you are in possession of the following software:
Player: Silverlight or Windows Media Player 9
Internet: Broadband Internet connection (256 Kbps or more). Audio files will be provided for those with a lower connection.
Browser: Safari 2.0.4 or later or Firefox 2.0 or later, Internet Explorer 6 or any later version.

I can’t access the literature.
All compulsory literature used during this course is open access. This means that everybody must be able to download the compulsory reading material from any computer with internet. Although avoided as much as possible, some additional and recommended readings may be restricted for those without the necessary licenses.

I can’t access the assignments.
Please make sure you are logged in when you try to enter the assignments.

I can’t upload my file.
There are several things you should check when you have problems uploading a file.

Make sure your file is not larger than 20 MB.
Make sure your file name does not contain the following characters:
\ Back slash
/ Forward slash
? Questionmark
* Asterisk
“ Quotation marks
: Colon
< Smaller than
> Larger than
# Hash
% Percent
I have multiple accounts.
If you have previously participated in a course that uses Sakai, which any course using ‘UvA Communities’ does, you may already have an account under a different name. In that case, you may want to merge those accounts:

Log in using your UvA-ID and click on [My Workspace]
Click on [Merge Account] (Dutch: Account samenvoegen]
Enter the account name and password of the other account
Click on [Merge] (Dutch: samenvoegen)
You should now be able to log in with one account to all the different communities you have been in. Up in the bar which contains [My Workspace] and [IDS Community] all others should appear as well.

My post in the Forum looks weird.
Sometimes, when posting in the forum, you will notice that your message is preceded by a lot of code. This happens when you are copying the text from a program like Word. The code you see is the hidden programming language of Word concerning, for example, lay-out.

To fix this:
Just edit your post. Click on [Other Actions] > [Edit] and delete all the code until only your intended message remains.

To prevent this from happening again, either:
a. Use the pop-up box. The Forum detects the coding and offers you to paste your text in a special box. This will automatically delete all coding.
b. Copy the text from word into a new [txt] file on your desktop. You will lose lay-out and font, but that can be added back again in the forum.
c. Write your message directly in the forum, without using a text program.

Who is participating in this lecture series?
In the 2011 course, students and professionals from the following institutions will participate:

School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, India

Where can I find my group?
First of all, make sure you are member of one of the groups. As specified in the course manual (PDF), during the first weeks of this course, you will have to suggest or sign up for a theme to work on. When you have done so, and the formation of the groups has been finalized by the organizers, you will find your groups space in the top navigation after logging in.

Where can I find my assignments?
All assignments can be found under “Assignments”. Further information regarding the assignments can be found in the course manual (PDF).

When do I have to post my assignment?
Please take a look in the course manual (PDF). All information regarding content and planning are specified here.

When will the lectures be available on the website?
All videos will and powerpoint presentations will be published online in a synchronised version until the Monday following the lecture.

What are the Lecture Series?
The Lecture Series is an annual course organised by the University of Amsterdam. Each year the lectures are dedicated to a different theme within international development, typically closely related to a recent event or development. Traditionally attracting many students from different disciplines, the series has more recently diversified further. Since 2009 students from universities in countries such as India, Colombia and the Czech Republic have participated at distance through our website.

How can I participate?
The IDS Lecture Series welcomes anyone interested to participate in the course. Universities that would like to inscribe a group of students can contact the course coordinator at H.J.M.L.Verrest@uva.nl to discuss the issuing of certificates and the method of evaluation. Students and other individual participants can inscribe in different ways:

Those interested in passively following the lectures, without making assignments, do not need to contact us. They can simply watch them through our website. They will not receive any proof of participation either.
Students of the University of Amsterdam should use Studieweb to register for this course.
Students from other universities participating in the course should register with their contact person for the course.

For students from universities not participating should contact the course facilitator at uva.ids2011@gmail.com to find an individual solution.
For Dutch non-students, the UvA offers an arrangement. More information can be found here.
For anyone not listed, please contact the Course Facilitator uva.ids2011@gmail.com.
Am I allowed to use the course material from this website for other (teaching) purposes?
All content and video material created during this course is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Netherlands License. The requirements for reuse of other content reused in this course (reference materials, articles, reports), should be examined per content item and is the responsibility of the user.

What is Open Access?
Please refer to the “About” section for more information on Open Access.

What is Social Bookmarking?
Social Bookmarking “[…] is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata, typically in the form of tags that collectively and/or collaboratively become a folksonomy. Folksonomy is also called social tagging, “the process by which many users add metadata in the form of keywords to shared content”.” Source: Wikipedia: Social Bookmarking

You can read more about how social bookmarking will be used in this course at “Social Bookmarking Explained”.

What is a Tag?
In the context of this course, Tags will be used with Social Bookmarking (see “Social Bookmarking Explained” for more information). Tags are keywords or metadata used to organize information or bookmarks in this case.

The unique tag we will using for this course on the social bookmarking platform called Delicious, is “GID2010”. The most recent online content bookmarked with GID2010 can be found on this websites homepage. All bookmarks made during this course can be found on http://delicious.com/tag/gid2010

Who should I contact if my question is not listed here?
In the case you do not find the answer to your questions in these FAQs, please feel free to contact us. If you are participating through your own university, inquiries about registration, credits and examination should be directed to your university’s contact person. For all general inquiries about the website or the course, and for students of the University of Amsterdam, please contact the Course Facilitator at: uva.ids2011@gmail.com

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