On CN, a Network page is different from a course page. It doesn't have the learning management features. CN users can create a Network page to facilitate communications among members of an academic group, for instance:
- use a campus Network page to network school mates
- use an Alumni Network to keep alumni connected with each other
- use a Network to host a virtual conference
- use a Network to bring research and learning collaborators from different institutions and countries together
- put faculty into different Networks based on their teaching subject to let them share resources and experiences with each other
- students create their own Networks to form study groups or virtual exchange groups
Create a Network
Every CN user can create their own Networks--these are personal Networks.
Note: If your institution has created the Network, you will not need to create it yourself. Please check with your institution first.
Step1: To create a personal Network on CN, you need to go to the COURSES menu and click + Create a Course/Network.
Step2: Then, make sure you select the Create a Network tab from the top and fill out the Network creation table.
Note: If you want to create a private Network, you want to select "PIN Code" as the access setting and set up a 4-digit pin.
Key Network Features
1. Use the Tasks tool to share resources
If you are the moderator of a Network, you can create tasks to share resources and guide Network members through a series of activities.
Below shows how to create a task with SmartLinks:
2. Create Posts
Every Network member can create posts, polls, and events to participate in the asynchronous Network discussions.
When you post general content to the entire Network, choose post visibility setting: This Network.
If there are smaller groups in a Network and you want to post to a group, make sure to choose visibility setting: Network Group(s). Then select the specific group. This way, the post will only be shown to members of that group.
Note: Network moderators can see all of the group posts regardless they are in a group or not.
3. Use hashtags to label posts and comments
Using hashtags in posts and reflections/comments can help label discussion topics and help others easily find posting content of their interests.
Network moderators are encouraged to set up a few suggested discussion topics from the beginning. The system will then prompt Network members to use these hashtags when they post.
4. Earn Anar Seeds
Users automatically earn Anar Seeds when they participate in the Network activities. Below are the rules of earning Anar Seeds in a Network.
Note: earning seeds in Networks is easier than in courses. Here, we do not have the minimum word-count requirements and the 24-hour and 7-day seeds caps.
Members can find their Network seeds (seeds accumulated in the specific Network) on the top of the Network page and on the Members page.
5. Check member participation on the Members page
From the Members page, Network moderators can find each member's participation data. You can also change member roles and permissions from the gear icon on the right.
Network members have access to this page as well. They can view their own Network seeds and visit others' CN profile/ePortfolio from this page.
You can search a member by first or last name using the Search Members box on the top.
Invite New Members
Only Network moderators are able to invite new members. Inviting new members is very easy and there are two approaches.
1. Share the Network URL and PIN Code with the people you would like to invite.
2. Use the "Invite a Member" option from the Network Settings gear dropdown. Then follow the instructions to fill out the form and send out the invitation.
If you have any questions about using the CN Network features, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.