Some of you may already know about our Student Learning Community. It’s our online discussion forum where our students go to chat with one another about their courses and get help and support from their peers. Some students have even connected there as study buddies.
The Student Learning Community is a student-led forum. We monitor the forum for any issues and help where necessary, but generally we try to let you, the students, drive the conversation.
The forum is simple to use: you register, create a profile, and then begin interacting. You can ask questions, post responses to others’ questions, share an idea, report a problem, or even give praise.
To register, click ‘Sign In’ at the top, right-hand side of the Student Learning Community home page. A log in window will pop up that looks like this:
Click ‘register’ next to the Login button and the window will now change to this:
Complete the required fields and click ‘Sign up’.
You will then be logged in to the home page and your profile name and avatar will be visible in the top, right-hand corner:
You can browse through the conversations by clicking ‘Recent’, ‘Questions’, ‘Ideas’, ‘Praise’, or ‘Problems’ under the blue bar, depending on which type of conversation you want to view:
If you have a question of your own or want to search for something in particular, simply begin typing the key words into the grey search box and click ‘Go’:
If you find a relevant conversation, simply click the title to view the full discussion thread. You can reply to fellow students’ posts by scrolling to the bottom of the screen and typing your reply into the grey ‘Write a reply’ box:
You can even ‘Like’ or ‘Comment’ on another student’s reply.
If you can’t find a conversation relevant to your question, click the yellow ‘Continue Creating Conversation’ button at the bottom of the screen:
You must type in the title of your post and choose the type of conversation you are starting. You may also type a description of your post and choose a sentiment, and even choose the faculty related to your question:
For example, let’s say I have a question about my Teaching Assistant Level 3 Diploma course. I want to ask my fellow students for help in understanding question 2 of assignment 3. Under ‘Title’ I would type in ‘Teaching Assistant Level 3 Diploma’ and I would choose ‘Question’ for the Conversation Type. In the ‘Description’ box, I could type ‘Can anyone help me to understand question 2 of assignment 3?’. I could then choose the neutral face under ‘Sentiment’ and say that I am feeling ‘unsure’. In ‘Related Categories’ I would choose ‘Teaching Assistant Courses’:
Once you have filled in the relevant fields, you then click the blue ‘Preview’ button:
In the case of my Teaching Assistant example, the Preview looks like this:
If you’d like to make any changes to your post, click the grey ‘Back’ button, make the relevant changes, and click ‘Preview’ again to see what the new post will look like. If you’re happy with your post and are ready for it to go live on the forum, go ahead and click the blue ‘Post’ button.
Once your post is live, you can still edit or delete it.
You will notice on your live post that there are Related Conversations listed on the right-hand side of the screen. These may be conversations that you haven’t yet seen and could help to answer your question. Below the Related Conversations you’ll find a link to view all the questions related to the faculty you chose.
There are many great features on our Student Learning Community that help you to interact with your fellow students. If you have questions about your course, are curious about a new course, or just want to see what other students are talking about, sign in and have a look around. It’s a great resource and you never know… you may make a new friend!