Member Bridge: Getting StartedPresentation Transcript
An overview of features and uses for APNA Members Introduction to Member Bridge
Be able to:
Create a profile
Respond to Messages
Comment on attachments
Create and Comment on Blogs
Go to www.apna.org
Click on Member Bridge on the right hand side of the main menu bar.
This will take you to the homepage of Member Bridge.
Click on the large Log In button in the right top corner and enter your APNA login information.
If you don’t remember your password, follow the prompts to have it emailed to the email address you use for APNA communication.
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Main Menu Bar
Your Profile : Your Professional Calling Card
All members of APNA automatically have a Member Bridge Profile.
To personalize your profile :
Click on the My Profile tab on the top navigation bar
Upload a recent picture
Add your work information, areas of interest, education and job histories
Filling this in will help you connect with other members who share similar interests/backgrounds
If you are a member of an APNA Committee, a digital ribbon for that group will show up under your picture
Your Profile : Security and Privacy
How to change what information shows in your profile:
Go to Directory – Preferences
Go down to the Contact Preferences section
For the items you don’t want to show, click the radio button for Nobody .
Ex: If you don’t want your home address to show in your profile, make sure that Nobody is clicked for “Address Lines”.
Don’t forget to save whatever changes you make!
Once you click Save , these changes should appear in your profile.
HOWEVER, if you look at your own profile, you will still see all of your information .
To verify, have another member check your profile. The fields marked Nobody should be gone.
Member Bridge features tons of online communities, including every APNA committee and state chapter. Each community has its own corresponding eGroup (interactive message board) and library. Members can also create their own communities. Each community’s privacy settings determine who can or cannot join or view the committee and its eGroup and Library.
Types of Communities
Private Communities are controlled by APNA National Office
Examples are Board of Directors or Council Steering Committee
Public Communities are open to all APNA members
Examples are Practice Communities or Committee Expert Panels
You can join these Communities by going directly to the community’s homepage and clicking on Join
Types of Communities (continued)
Member Created Groups are communities that have been created by an APNA member.
Any member can create a community centered around a particular topic or interest and invite others to join it.
The All Purpose Discussion Forum is a discussion forum for all members
Members are automatically subscribed to this group
Anything you post in this forum will be sent to all members via the daily digest.
How to unsubscribe from the All Purpose Discussion Forum: 1. Go to the eGroups tab and select My Subscriptions . 2. Find the All-Purpose Discussion Forum and select No Emails . 3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit Save .
Subscribing to a Community
To participate in a Community you must:
Set your notification preferences
Here is how:
Search by Keyword Or browse by Community Type Go to the All Communities page 1. Find the Community you’d like to join:
2. Join the Community Click on the name of the community you’d like to join
Real Time, Daily Digest, PDA, or No Emails
We recommend Real Time or Daily Digest for Council and Committee work
Make your selection and hit the Save button
3. Choose your subscription settings:
Posting a Message
Go to My Communities
Select the Community
Click on the Post link at the bottom of the Current Discussions box
Responding to Messages
From an email
From the thread
From the digest
From the thread
Respond to sender only or
Only the sender sees your response
Respond to eGroup
All subscribers see your response
Click on View Thread in any message window. This will appear:
View Thread vs. Message Digest
Shows a listing of all the messages in that particular discussion thread, from the first posted message to the last
Shows a listing of all of the posted messages in that eGroup in order by date, showing the most recent message first
This listing is NOT thread-specific.
Adding Attachments to eGroup Posts
Follow the steps as shown on the next slides.
Note: moving to the next step too soon causes an error and all information is lost. You will have to start over.
Adding Attachments to Posts (contd)
After you click Upload, your document will show here:
Now, click Send.
Your message and document will post in the eGroup and subscribers will be notified by email.
Attachments Appear in the Community Resource Library
Comment on individual documents
Note: Users are not notified when comments are added here.
Comments are limited to 100 words
Click on the Library you want to see and a listing of posted documents will appear
Click on the document title to download and make comments.
Click on Add Comments to Comment
Go to the Blogs tab on the navigation bar
Here you will see a listing of the most recent member blogs
Click on New Blog to post
Blogs are posted to all of the membership
They are viewable by the public & searchable on the internet
Emails are not generated by blog posts
Comment on a Blog
Blog Comments will post for all of the membership to see.
Members will then be able to:
Mark the comment as useful
Add their own comment
Add related links
How do I change my signature?
This is the signature block that shows in Member Bridge posts and emails.
Go to eGroups – My Signature
Delete what is listed and type in your own.
Questions? Email your questions to [email_address]