Create your own / Create a community

13 August 2015 - 11:35am • by Anna Page

To create a community on this site you need to sign in first.  Once you have signed in click on Communities.

Beside the orange ‘find’ button is a blue button called ‘create a community’.  Click on this and the Create community form will appear.

Create a Community button

You need to provide the following information in the form:

Community name – this is mandatory

Community description – this is the text which will appear on the home page for your community, ideally it needs to be no longer than 300 words and be a concise description of what the community is all about and how members of the community can use the space.

Community image – if you have an appropriate image which depicts your community, this will appear on your community home page and in the list of communities, otherwise a default image will be used.

Community bookmarks – this is where you can share useful links with community members which are relevant to the community.  It is usually good practice to make them descriptive links and for the link to open in a new window.  For example you might want to share a link to a course which community members might want to try:

  1. Write the course title in the Community bookmarks box, highlight what you have typed and click on the hyperlink button. 
  2. In the URL box paste the URL to the course, in the ‘target’ tab click on the dropdown list and select ‘New Window (_blank)’ from the list of options. 
  3. Click on OK and you will now have a link to your course in the Community bookmarks. 

You can add as many links or text in the Community bookmarks as you like.  Other members of the community will be able to suggest bookmarks to share via a contact form in the community (only community administrators can amend the bookmarks).

Twitter ID – you can choose to share a twitter stream from a Twitter account with the community

Forum – if you want to have a forum in your community you can create one in Google groups and enter the group name into the box to provide a feed from the Google group in your community space.  Community members need to use their Google identity to participate in the forum. 

Community blog and events calendar settings

Community Blog – to enable a community blog tick the ‘show the community blog’ checkbox.  The blog articles can be written by any of the community administrators and articles can be suggested by community members.  The community blog is where members can share articles and information.

Community events – if your community organises events and you want to share an events calendar in the community space tick the ‘show the community events calendar’ checkbox.  All your community administrators will be able to create calendar events.  Community members will be able to suggest events to be included via the contact form.

Click on ‘Save’ and you’ll create your community space.

Save button

You can edit your community by clicking on the ‘edit community’ button just below your community image. 

Community editing buttons

You can also add community members if you know their user names and you can give specific people ‘administrator member’ status to help you manage the community space.  Community administrators can add or remove members, create new blog entries and edit them, create events and edit the community bookmarks.

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