Social Networks are the key to every new business or product. Making your students feel that are part of a community where they can communicate, be guided, or just stay updated on your school’s news can be really beneficial. That’s why we have created a built-in social network page where you can empower your strong community and allow them to be bonded and actively involved in the school.
To find your Community Page click on Settings → Learning Apps → Community and then Preview.
Αs an Admin or user you will be able to create posts or comments (note that the comments cannot be deleted after a few minutes pass) which can be also commented starred (yeah) or highlighted as the best (best of). You can change the reactions' name tags by navigating to Settings → Site Language.
Your posts can include a URL or an Image which can be also easily removed in case you change your mind.
You can check your network’s preferences or mood with a poll. Feel free to add as many options as you wish by clicking on the + button.
Any user can instantly check the community’s activity by filtering the displayed posts according to the type of shared content. By clicking on Activity, all posts will appear on your timeline wall, while by clicking on the Friends tab, only your friends’ posts will be shown there.
Note: You can always remove a comment or a post through Settings→ Learning Apps → Community.
Exploring other users
On the Friends tab, you can find people that you follow. In order to follow another user, you can click on their Name and the "Follow" button.
When clicking on a user, you are able to:
- Follow them and include them on your Friends tab to check their activity.
- Visit their Profile.
- Message them in their personal inbox.
- Report them to the school admin.
- If you have the Profile feature disabled in your Learning Apps settings, users will not view the "Profile" option.
- If you have the Inbox feature disabled in the Community Access settings, users will not view the "Message" option.
- If a user gets reported, the admin will get a notification on their email "User Anna has reported user John (firstname.lastname@example.org) for bad behavior" and the user will also receive a "Spammy" badge if the gamification is enabled.
Mentions and Notifications
To check the posts that you have been tagged, click on the Mentions tab.
- Whenever a new post is shared by your school’s users, then the respective email notification will be sent to the email inserted under the "Admin Notifications" tab, keeping you informed even if you are not logged in to the school at that specific moment. You can find out more in our respective article.
- A user will receive a notification for a post in their inbox, only if has been mentioned by name on the respective post. It's not feasible for users to receive notifications for every new community post.
In a LearnWorlds school (as long as you have allowed the creation of groups in your school's Community Access settings) there are two kinds of groups: Private groups and Course discussion groups.
Private groups can be created on the community page.
Depending on your school’s Community Access settings an admin and/or a student can create a group and invite any other school user to become a member.
By clicking Invite a window pops up, in which you can find the user you wish to invite (by typing at least 3 digits of the name of the user).
Then an invitation will arrive in the user’s inbox (and as an email notification too).
Important Note: Remember that the groups are visible only to the creators and to the group members.
When clicking on the Members you will be able to see all the group’s members or remove someone you wish to have excluded. In a group, you are able to also post a URL, an image, or a poll.
As an admin, in case a community user or a group member shares a post while you are logged out, you will also be notified with an email and in the community page with the number of the new posts, while users will be notified only if they are tagged on the post, or are currently logged in. Also, each group can also be easily deleted.
Course Discussion groups
Course Discussion groups are automatically created for each course or for each course's learning activity (depending on your Community Access settings).
If you decide to have the course discussions published in the Community, allowing anyone to comment or post, then they will be found over the simple groups.
When course discussion is activated, any new post or comments shared within the course or course learning activity will not only be displayed in the course player (Tab Discuss) but also on the community page (visible to anyone).
And as long as you are an admin, an instructor, or a user enrolled in that course you will see tabs for the Courses you are enrolled in (under the Course Discussion section) and you will be able to view all the comments of the respective course in one place.
- A "number" icon depending on the new posts or comments will appear in the course player the first time you visit it, after they have been shared.
- The supported image files are that can be uploaded in the Community are: JPEG, PNG, HEIF
- Each user can give up to 10 Best of per month and each admin 150 per month.
- If this setting from the Community Access tab is disabled "Yes, and posts get shared to the school community." and a user is mentioned on a post, they will not be able to navigate to the "Mention" tab, as they will see a blank page.
- For more examples of student conversations also read our article about Building an online learning community where we thoroughly exemplify online discussions.