The purpose of this manual is to teach you the simpler parts of the system and make you comfortable with using the one-page User's Guide. As you gain more experience with the system, you may wish to learn some of the advanced features available. But EIES (pronounced "eyes") has been designed so that you don't need to learn more than meets your needs.
Since the best way to learn how to use a computer system is by direct experience, don't be discouraged if some of this manual is confusing at first. The most effective way to learn is to try the instructions and see what happens. EIES has been designed to be "forgiving": that is, nothing terrible will happen if you make a mistake. Since you can't hurt the system, or easily lose anything, be brave about trying new things! Anyone can become proficient sending messages and participating in conferences after experimenting with the system for two to four hours, and EIES users have ranged in age from 8 to 90.
After reading this manual, plan to spend about thirty minutes to an hour practicing logging on and learning to send messages. You'll then know enough to begin "messaging" other people and participating in conferences.
This manual is only an introduction to the simpler parts of EIES, which is a rich and evolving communications system that can be customized and tailored to the specific needs of individuals and groups. Feel free to contact the User Consultants (HELP,110) if you have needs not covered here, since there are a large and growing number of advanced and specialized features available.
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Computerized Conferencing & Communications Center; Kerr, Elaine B.; Turoff, Murray; Johnson-Lenz, Peter; and Johnson-Lenz, Trudy, "Users' manual for the Electronic Information Exchange System" (1981). Computerized Conferencing and Communications Center Reports. 17.