Are YOU ready for your first (or next) challenge on the Opera Campus Crew? Hell, YEAH!
Many of you listed getting Opera installed on your campus as a key
motivation (and indeed passion!) in joining the Opera Campus Crew. And
here’s your 6-step guide to making it happen!
Remember that the browser features auto-update - which will be a very
convenient feature for computer lab managers, and one that has long been a
Step 1 – Know Your Lab
Find out more about the availability of Opera and alternative browsers at
your campus, by visiting the computer labs or asking friends about the labs
they use. Is Opera already installed on computers at your campus? Is it
available on all computers, or just in particular labs or areas? If it is
available, is it an older version that needs to be upgraded?
Step 2 – Know Your Stuff
Check out Opera in your computer
lab for information about the features and benefits of the Opera desktop
browser that are important for computer labs – such as
and customization. It also has
information about Opera Connected Campus, which provides a seamless browsing
experience via Opera desktop,
Opera on mobile, and
Opera Link. There are also links
to a system administrator
handbook, as well as support and
Step 3 – Make Contact
Speak to your IT help desk or computer lab assistant to find out how to get
in touch with the central system administrator or lab manager. There might be
one administrator for the entire campus or a different person handling each
lab. Make contact with these administrators: you may wish to start by emailing
them and following up with a phone call and/or meeting, or simply visit them
If the labs simply need to update Opera, let them know that new versions
have been released and have new features, improved security, greater speed and
better rendering. (See the
changelogs.) If the labs do
not currently have Opera, say that you would like to request the Opera browser
in computer labs. You can highlight the importance of offering users choice,
explain the features, address security and rendering, and introduce Opera
Connected Campus. Show them the
handbook, and be ready to demonstrate Opera for them!
If they agree with your request, fantastic! Skip ahead to Step 5. If
they don’t agree with your request, don’t despair! Find out the
reasons why they are not interested and address their concerns. Maybe they just
have questions they want answered, or perhaps they have an incorrect perception
of something. (There are still a lot of lab managers who do not realise that
Opera is now free of charge.) Alternatively, some computer labs will only
install new software at the request of staff, or after many students ask for
it. If this is the case, proceed to Step 4...
Step 4 – Get Support
If the system administrator requires a request from a staff member before
they can install new software, start by speaking to IT, computer science and
multimedia professors at your campus - as they are most likely to be familiar
with Opera or the importance of alternative browsers. Ask the professors to
email or speak to the computer lab administrator to request Opera.
If a request from a large number of students is required, download the
petitions from Opera
Education, or translate it into your local language. The best places to collect
signatures for the petition might be computer labs, and buildings frequented by
IT, computer science and multimedia students. You can encourage your friends to
sign the petition, or ask a professor if you can pass it around during a class.
When you have a sufficient number of signatures, present the petition to the
computer lab and ideally they will now approve your request. Well done!
Step 5 – Follow Up
If the Opera browser has not been upgraded or installed 1-2 weeks after you
receive approval from the computer lab, contact the system administrator again.
Perhaps they encountered some difficulty with the installation that you can
help them with or let us know about.
Even after Opera has been upgraded or installed, let the administrator know
that if they receive any questions from users you are available to help and can
ask advice directly from Opera Software.
Step 6 - Promote
It’s not over yet! Once you’ve installed Opera you need to let
students and staff know that it’s there, so they actually start using it
. The radio, newspaper or magazine at your campus might be interested in
hearing from you. You have two newsworthy elements to your story: your labs
recently installed Opera, and their campus now has a representative working
toward providing choice in the Web and promoting Web standards! Check out the
Guide for information about how to approach the media.
If they are not interested in your story idea, never fear! We have the
following promotional resources to help you spread the news:
for the computer lab, with “Opera Web browser now available in this
computer lab” or "Opera Web browser coming soon to this computer lab"
• Posters about the
desktop browser and the new features in
• Flyers for the computer lab about Opera Connected Campus (work in
You can also arrange a Demo Day
how!), at which you demonstrate how to use the Opera browser and help
people install it on their own computers and phones. You might be able to set
up a booth in the computer lab, as you are providing a service to the system
administrator by educating lab users about new software there (as it means the
administrator will have to deal with fewer questions later).
Let the Opera Campus Crew know about it!
• Blog: Post about your
success. Let us know which labs installed Opera, how many computers it was
installed to, and any support you received from students and staff in making it
happen. You can also share photos or links to media coverage.
you encounter difficulties or questions in working on the Computer Lab
Challenge, share them on the
Challenge forum. You can hear from the successes and learning points of
others in the Crew, and have frequently asked questions answered by Opera
Have fun, and good luck!
If Opera Is Already Installed
If you're thinking, "Well, my work is done: my university already has
Opera!", you can start by checking if Opera is installed across your
entire university, and whether it is the latest version. If it is indeed
installed everywhere, you can puruse these other activities from the
- Start spreading the word about the
Curriculum to professors
- Take a look at your campus website to see how it functions in Opera