How do I find out about events in the community?
Events are always occurring for online instructors and you can find out about them in the events tab of the home page navigation bar. The events have there own page and will allow you to know the time, place and content of each event.
What are the online forums?
The online forums are a way for instructors to communicate with other instructors in the community.
Is there any way to change the setting so that instructors automatically follow the group space forum they are in?
There isn't a setting to have members automatically follow forum instances, so they will need to manually follow each Forum themselves.
Can you automatically follow any discussion you participate in and any discussion you post? (Currently you have to manually follow every forum, and every discussion you participate in. Causing issues with instructors not realizing there are discussions to participate in.)
It's expected that they'll automatically follow any discussion they post or reply to. However, there is a known issue where this functionality can be intermittent. We've added onlineinstruction.ning.com to the list of affected networks and will use this ticket to follow up once there's an update or the issue is resolved. In the meantime, members will want to double check at the bottom of discussions they've posted or participated in to confirm that they are following them, manually following them as needed.
Is there an option where you could send a message to everyone in your group via the community space?
The Network Creator, administrators, and group admins (depending on settings) will be able to message group members by selecting "Manage Group Members" from the Options drop down on a given group. Once on the Manage Group Members page, you can click on the "Message all Members" link to begin your message. More information on messaging group members can be found here: http://www.ning.com/ning3help/send-messages-to-the-members-of-your-group/
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