- Wealthy Affiliate - The Open Education Project
Wealthy Affiliate - The Open Education Project
Success in any form of education is a derivative of being social and being able to interact with others. Not only learning from others, but teaching. The Open Education Project platform encourages connectivity, communications, commenting, networking, sharing, learning, and teaching all at once.
To clarify these components, I am going to break down the social engagement points within Wealthy Affiliate and show the benefits of socializing within each of these.
The Dashboard - Global, Personal Feed, Notification
The dashboard is your home base within Wealthy Affiliate and is where you are going to be able to become in the know of activity going on within the network. There are four different aspects to the dashboard that I will explain in detail:
Global Activity - The global feed includes all activity within the Open Education Project. This is a good place to reveal new and trending content as it is pulled from all aspects of Wealthy Affiliate and all members.
Personal Feed - This your personalized feed, or friend feed. This is controlled by you, meaning that your feed is only going to include conversations that you actively participate in and things that the people you are "following" are doing. It is important that you follow people within the open education project that you are interested in and are friends with.
Notifications - This is where you will be notified when someone responds to your comments, comments on a training resource you create, someone engages in a conversation, someone comments on your blog. Basically any action that is related to you within the system. This allows you engage within the system and track conversations that you are having.
Chat - This is an open discussion where you can discuss anything you like. Please behave [in British accent] or you will lose privileges. This is a medium to help, get help, discuss topics, and interact with fellow members at Wealthy Affiliate University.
If you are the owner of the training you should make your best effort to get back to people as quick as possible. The more prompt you are with your responses, the greater your following and the more people will engage, share, and read your training (a good thing).
Blogs - Discussing different topics on your blog. This could include pretty much anything that you want, the same way you as you would externally of WA. Blogs are an awesome way to get your message out.
My Profile - This is your personal page. This is where you can provide people with some information about yourself, provide funny or silly pictures, add your websites, and interact with people on a personal level. This is where a lot of people will come to follow you.
Forum (PREMIUM Only) - The forum is another place that you can interact and ask questions. We typically recommend the forum as a place for people to view other people's questions (to get help from other people's past questions) and to ask questions that you need to elaborate on. It is another great way to communicate within the system as all forum activity is sent to the dashboard feeds.