The Community is made up of multiple channels where students can talk about all kinds of topics. You can organize channels as you see fit. For example, you can create channels that are exclusive to different groups, or that are specialized for a particular topic. You can create channels that don’t change, or you can keep channels open for only as long as they are useful, then close them.
Figure 1. Create Community channels to foster all kinds of student conversations.
There are a few steps involved in creating a new channel in the community -- here's how you do it.
- Decide whether the channel is private or public
- Create your channel
- [Optional] Designate moderators or another channel owner
- Post a welcome message
Decide whether the channel is private or public
The first step in creating a community channel is to make some decisions about your channel. You will need to decide whether the channel is public or private: this affects who can join the channel. People can freely join public channels, but need to request to join a private channel and their request will need to be approved.
Once you create a channel, you cannot change it from public to private.
You might want to think about the type of channel (Post Settings). With post settings, you can control who is able to post and comment on the channel.
For more information:
Create your channel
Then, create your channel. Channels within the community are where the actual conversations happen.
Creating channels requires permissions, which are set in Community Settings. If you do not have permission to create channels, you will need to request permission from your Campus Cloud administrator.
If you have the required permissions, you will create a channel by clicking the “+” sign next to the list of public and private channels. For details, please see: Create a Channel
For more information about permissions, see also:
Designate moderators or another channel owner
Once you have created your channel, you are the channel owner. You can view the member list, invite members to the channel, and once they have accepted, you can promote them to the moderator or channel owner. This gives them additional powers to help manage the channel.
The specifics of the additional powers are controlled by campus settings. See also:
- Invite members to a channel
- Shared Responsibility for Managing Community
- Fine-Tune Community Roles with Campus Settings
Post a Welcome Message
You might want to post a message welcoming people to your channel or respond to messages. See: