Social Networks are the key for every new business or product nowadays. Making your students feel that are part of a community where they can communicate, be guided or just stay  updated for 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 to the school. 


Let’s see how easy it is to use your community page together!


To find your Community Page:


either click on your logo on the far left of your dasboard and navigate to "Community" from your tiles menu:


or, from your admin menu, click on Settings, Community and then Preview:


Community Page



Either as an Admin or as a student, the user is able to create posts or comments which can be also commented, starred (“yeah”) or highlighted as the best (“best of”)


tip: You can also change the reactions' name tags by  navigating to Settings->School Language and opening "Social" tab, where you can edit the buttons' translation.



Your posts can include a URL or an Image which can be also easily removed in case you change your mind,





...and why not also checking your network’s preferences or mood with a poll? :) Feel free to add as many options as you wish by clicking on the + button. 



Note: You can always remove a comment or a post through Settings->Community



Any user can instantly check the community’s activity by filtering the displayed posts according to the type of the shared content.

By clicking on “Activity”, all posts will appear on your timeline wall, while by clicking on “Friends” only  your friends’ posts will be shown there.


As “Friends” are only considered the people that you follow.


 In case you wish to hide any posts but the announced polls, click on the respective button or if you prefer to check the posts that you have been tagged,  just click on “Mentions”.


Whenever a new activity takes place, the page is automatically refreshed.


Note: Whenever a new post is shared from your school’s users, then the respective email notification will be sent to the selected email keeping you informed even if you are not logged in to the school that  specific moment.


(Notifications->Admin Settings)





Groups


In a LearnWorlds school(as long as you have allowed the creation of groups in school’s Social settings) there are two kinds of groups: 

Simple groups and Course discussion groups



1 Simple groups


Simple groups can be created in community page.



Depending on your school’s Social 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.


Then an invitation will arrive at the user’s inbox (and as an email notification too)


Remember that the groups are visible only to the creators and to the group members.

When clicking on the “Members” button you will be able to see all the group’s members or to 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 members of the group.




Each group can also be easily deleted.


2 Course Discussion groups


Course Discussion groups are automatically created for each course or for each course's “learning activity" ( depends on your school’s social settings)


If you decide to have the course discussions published in the Community, allowing anyone to comment any 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’s learning activity will not only be displayed in the course player (Tab “Discuss”)




...but also in the community page, as long as you are an admin, an instructor or a user enrolled to that course.


Note: An email will notify the group members (and only the specific group’s members) regarding any new activity in the discussion.The number of new posts or comments appear in the course player the first time you visit it after they have been shared.



Isn’t your branded network just awesome? What are you waiting then, get connected with your community now!:)


For more examples on student conversations also read our article about “Building an online learning community” where we thoroughly exemplify online discussions