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  • 1. Practical Guide to the Ning Contents: Customise Your Page 2This guide will show you how to make best use of the JISC RSC South Manage Settings 3West Ning social network. Create a Blog 4 Adding a Comment 5So why use the JISC RSC South West Ning, what are the benefts? Groups 6 Embedding Media 7By using the JISC RSC South West Ning practitioners will be able to Events 8 Using Social Media 9follow ‘real time’ updates on new events locally and also of national How to Sync to Twitter 10interest. The latest news developments across the post 16 educationsector and access to all the JISC RSC South West resources and postevent materials.Key advantages: • Connect with like-minded practitioners and share experiences • Online events are recorded and available • Create and promote your own blog • Sync content to Twitter and share your posts • Find out the latest news/events and information in the southwest • Connect with like-minded practitioners within specialist groups • Find useful tutorials and podcasts • Download useful publications/guides Tweet this publication 1
  • 2. Add a profile picture Customise Your Page1. Go to your settings 1. Login to the Ning 2. Select the Customise Your Page button2. Select an image3. Crop the image ifneeded and save 3. You can edit the appearance of the background colour or style from this.How to receive only 1daily email alert1. Go to your settings2. Select Email3. Select ‘Daily’ 4. Templates can be edited and customised further.
  • 3. Manage SettingsPrivacy settingsThis is where you can determine the visibility of your profile, blogs andevents. It is also where you can setup controls for your content, whetherfor example you wish to approve comments on your posts before they arepublished. You can additionally decide whether your content is displayed inthe latest activity stream.Email settingsYou can control what kinds of information is automatically sent to you fromNing, for example if you want to be alerted each time there is a newresponse to your blog posting. You can setup a daily digest of allnotifications rather than receive potentially lots of emails, or chose not toget any emails.ConnectionsWith connections you can login with your Facebook/Google account orshare on Twitter. 3
  • 4. Create a Blog 1. On the home page of the Ning, select the Add Content option 2. On the pop-up box, select ‘Blog Post’ 3. Enter a title for your blog 4. In the description box, enter the text you want to type - or if you want to copy and paste from another source make sure you select the ‘Paste as Plain Text’ option in Ning. You can do this by selecting this button: 5. A pop-up box will appear for you to paste the text into, once you have done this save and your text will have no formatting. The above toolbar is similar to Microsoft Word, the icons next to Add are for adding a) Link b) Image c) Video d) Plain Text and e) File Attachment Select font type and size using the drop-down menus and font colour. The next icons are for emboldening text, Italics, Subscript, Underline. The subsequent icons are for justification, quotes, bullet points and numbering. You can also remove formatting and make it full screen. It is recommended that you only use the HTML Editor if you have basic HTML skills. The HTML editor is very useful for example if you wish to embed a video from Vimeo or YouTube. Embedding will be covered in the next section of the guide.4
  • 5. Adding a Comment/DiscussionComments can be added to blogs, forums, media and groups and are auseful way of adding further information to share or to put forward anopinion or ask a question about something.1. Go to the posting that you want to add a comment2. Within the Add comment box, enter text in the same way as you wouldfor a new blog posting.3. Be mindful that posting large sections of text may not look very good orget across your point clearly.Adding your own discussion is easy, just select the + Add link and a newwindow will be created - with exactly the same layout as if you werecreating a blog posting. When you have saved the discussion, it willapprear at the top of the list of existing discussions within a group. 5
  • 6. Updated GroupFeatures GroupsGroups now have Groups are used to focus on one particular area,navigation links below the such a ‘Inclusivity’ or ‘Online Events’. The groupsinformation box. on the JISC RSC South West Ning are managed by the Advisers and primarily the InformationThese links will go to Officer.additional pages withinthe group. To join a group of interest go to the Ning home page and scroll down to the list of groups. Visit the group you are interested in and click on the joinSome groups also contain button located in the top right-hand corner of the page. By joining a groupTwitter feeds related to you can keep up-to-date with developments, latest news on events andthe group, these update technology.automatically. Here is a complete list of all the groups currently available in the Ning: 6
  • 7. Embedding MediaHow to embed a video from Vimeo1. Create a new blog/discussion or post2. Add a title within the text box first to introduce thevideo, then press enter3. Visit the page on Vimeo with the video youwant to capture4. Select the ‘Embed’ option which is in the topright-hand corner of the page Videos can also be5. Copy the text code displayed in the pop-up box attached as an attachment to a posting, Embedding simply select the publications/media attachment icon in the follows the same text editor and add the principle, just go to video that way. This will the media you wish appear as a to embed and find downloadbale hyperlink the embed code. once the post has been Follow the same published. procedure.6. Go back to the discussion within Ning and click on the HTML tab in thetext box edit screen, then paste the copied code into the box after theexisting code. YouTube To embed: 1. Select ‘Share’ 2. Select ‘Embed’ 3. Copy the code 4. Follow the same instructions as for7. Now click onto the ‘Visual Mode’ tab and you should see something like embedding a Vimeothe screen shot below. video.8. Now select the ‘Preview’ button to view what the page looks like, beforepublishing. 7
  • 8. Events The ‘Other Events’ area on the Ning contains events of local and national interest focussing on a range of useful and key areas. From time to time you may receive an email alert informing you about such events, which you can easily add an RSVP to. Another useful challenge is that the events can be sent to Outlook appointments, which sets up the event in the calendar. There is also an RSS feed option, which will be covered in the Using RSS feeds, page 9.8
  • 9. Using Social MediaThe beauty of social media and using the Ning is that other types of social mediacan be embedded easily.On the home page of the Ning, scroll down and you will see the icons as listed onthe right-hand side of this page.By clicking on any of these you will be taken to the profile page for theadditional social media.What are these, what do they mean?VimeoThis is the JISC RSC SW video channel and it is where we add all the onlinewebinar recordings. https://vimeo.com/user3701814SlideshareThis is where we add all the presentation slidesfrom webinars and events.http://www.slideshare.net/rscswFacebookThis is where we add updates and informationPlease follow this linkTwitterThis is where we add current news, events and usefullinks, well worth a follow!https://twitter.com/#!/RSCSouthWestIssuuA glossy online publications channel, where all the An example screen-shot of embeded slidesnewsletters are posted.http://issuu.com/rscswPearltreesThis is a fantastic resource, which has a host of information and resourceshttp://pear.ly/MUunSoundcloudAll the podcasts from the JISC RSC SW are added to this channelhttp://soundcloud.com/jisc-rsc-swPaper.ilThis is another great online newspaper-style resource, featuring the e-LearningGems.http://paper.li/~/publisher/7692a4c0-4b1c-012f-259d-12313d16b843#tab=created 9
  • 10. How to Sync to Twitter 1. Go to the JISC RSC SW Ning and login 2. Find a post that you want to Tweet about 3. click on the Twitter icon, usually at the bottom of the page 4. Click on ‘Post’ and if you are not logged into Twitter you will get a message asking you to connect. 5. Select ‘Connect’ and you will be re-directed to the Twitter login page 6. Login using your Twitter account details to authorise the sync. 7. You should be taken back to the Ning page that you Tweeted and a message should tell you that your post has been made. 8. Keep an eye on the RSC SW twitter feed and also please follow the JISC RSC SW team: @RSCSouthWest @mattewensRSCSW @TraceyRSCSW @DanMccRSCSW @noeldavis @mattewensRSCSW @LynBender @JuliaRSCSW @johnrsc @dbevington Publication created by Matt Ewens, Information Officer for the JISC RSC South West10