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Creating a Connexions Account

Module by: Kenneth Leroy Busbee. E-mail the author

Summary: Some pointers on creating a good Member Profile as you create your Connexions account. How to modify your Member Profile.

Create an Account

From the Connexions home page at: http://cnx.org select the “Get an account” under Step 1. Follow the process as directed. When prompted for “Member Profile” information you should complete fields as appropriate. The following will help you to complete certain areas.

Affiliation – Institution

You should review how others are typing their “Affiliation” and type yours the same. For example: authors from Houston Community College could use: HCC or Houston CC or Houston Community College. However, they should all use: Houston Community College. This is not super important for the profile, but you will want to type the “Institution” field in a collection consistently so collections created by authors from the same institution will all show up together when users do an institution search. The following two slides show you how to browse to the “Institutions” search and review what authors from your institution are using for their affiliation/institution name.

Figure 1: Browsing
Figure 1 (graphics1.jpg)

Figure 2: Reviewing institution names
Figure 2 (graphics2.jpg)

Note:

You could be the first author and might need to decide what to use for your institution.

Biography – Short Biographical Sketch

Prepare a short biography about yourself. Information should include your current job, past employment, educational and professional attainments, etc.

Portrait – Picture

Using your picture processing skills; modify a picture of yourself cropping it square. It should be no greater than 150 by 150 pixels on each side. Usually this file is stored in a .jpg format.

Note:

The Connexions web site will shrink your picture to fit its allocated space; thus, to avoid distortion, you should make sure to crop the picture square.

Example

A link is provided (in the box at the upper right corner of this module’s page) to my “Member Profile” (for Kenneth Leroy Busbee) at Connexions.

Editing your Member Profile

You can change your “Member Profile” at any time. This slide shows how to get to the page for changing it.

Figure 3: Editing an Member Profile
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Lenses

A lens is a custom view of the content in the repository. You can think of it as a fancy kind of list that will let you see content through the eyes of organizations and people you trust.

What is in a lens?

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Definition of a lens

Lenses

A lens is a custom view of the content in the repository. You can think of it as a fancy kind of list that will let you see content through the eyes of organizations and people you trust.

What is in a lens?

Lens makers point to materials (modules and collections), creating a guide that includes their own comments and descriptive tags about the content.

Who can create a lens?

Any individual member, a community, or a respected organization.

What are tags? tag icon

Tags are descriptors added by lens makers to help label content, attaching a vocabulary that is meaningful in the context of the lens.

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