Best Practices for using Commons Tool for Students

Overview:

Commons is a social networking style tool allowing posts with URL to thumbnail expansion, and unthreaded replies, similar to Facebook posts. It may be used as an alternative to other communication tool options, such as Comments in Lessons, or Forums.

NOTE: Commons does not support grading or other more advanced Forums features, such as threaded discussions, group permissions, availability dates, etc.

To access this tool, select the Commons link in the Tool Menu of your site.

How do I create a post in Commons? (Click to Expand)

1. Select the Commons tool from the Tool Menu of your site.

 

2. The Commons page will display. The text box at the top of the page will always start off with "What's on your mind?" until you type something into the box.

 

3. Type your text into the box.

 

4. You can also add a link (Optional). Click Insert a link button.

 

5. Enter the link, and click Insert.

 

6. Enter the text to display for the link, the URL of the link, and then click Insert.

7.You can also add an image (Optional). Click the Insert an image button.

 

8. Select “Choose File.”

 

9. Select the file. Click on the name of the image. Then click “Open.”

 

10. Click “Insert.”

 

11. Click “Post” to submit the post to everyone on the site with access to view it.

 

12. You can then view the post.

How do I comment/reply to a post in Commons? (Click to Expand)

1. Select the Commons tool from the Tool Menu of your site.

 

2. The Commons page will display. The most recent posts will appear at the top of the screen.

 

3. Click the Reply link just below the post to respond to that post.

 

4. Type your response and then click Post Comment.

 

5. Your reply comment will appear indented just below the original message.

How do I edit a post in Commons? (Click to Expand)

1. Select the Commons tool from the Tool Menu of your site.

 

2. The Commons page will display.  The most recent posts will appear at the top of the screen.

 

3. Click the Edit link below the post you want to edit.

 

NOTE: You must have edit permissions in order to edit your own or other posts in Commons.

4. Make your changes, and then click Post.

 

5. The edited post will display.

How do I delete a post in Commons? (Click to Expand)

1. Select the Commons tool from the Tool Menu of your site.

 

2. The Commons page will display. The most recent posts will appear at the top of the screen.

 

3.Click the Delete link below the post you want to delete.

 

NOTE: You must have delete permissions in order to delete your own posts in Commons.

4. If you are sure you want to delete the post, click OK to confirm. The post will be permanently deleted.

NOTE: Deleting a post will also delete all replies/comments to that post.

How do I edit a comment/reply in Commons? (Click to Expand)

1. Select the Commons tool from the Tool Menu of your site.

 

2. The Commons page will display. The most recent posts will appear at the top of the screen.

 

3. Click the Edit link below the comment/reply you want to edit.

 

NOTE: You must have edit permissions in order to edit your own or other posts in Commons.

4. Make your changes, and then click “Post Comment.”

 

5. The edited post will display.

How do I delete a comment/reply in Commons? (Click to Expand)

1. Select the Commons tool from the Tool Menu of your site.

 

2. The Commons page will display. The most recent posts will appear at the top of the screen.

 

3.Click the Delete link below the comment/reply you want to delete.

 

NOTE: You must have delete permissions in order to delete your own posts/ replies/ comments in Commons.

4. If you are sure you want to delete the comment, click OK to confirm. The comment/reply will be permanently deleted.

NOTE: Deleting a comment/reply to a post will not affect the original post that was commented on.