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The Commons is often used to promote cross-campus and campus-based initiatives. Examples include:

  • Open Access @ CUNYThis site was created by a team of CUNY library faculty interested in highlighting and advocating open access scholarship across the university. It holds resources, promotes discussion and events, and brings scholars together.
  • GCDHI – the Graduate Center’s Digital Humanities Initiative uses a group, a group blog, and the Commons Wiki.
  • Zines at Brooklyn College – a great site that provides information about Zines in general, and information about the college’s collections.
  • Carribbean Commons – a public blog that “…announces Caribbean Studies CFPs, events and publications of interest to those in the Northeast US. It also archives information from the CE Seminar….”
  • CUNY Hybrid Initiative The CUNY Hybrid Initiative is an open resource for professors new to online teaching and who are planning to create and teach hybrid courses, as well as experienced online professors wanting to refine their practice.
  • John Jay Online-Digital Teaching Seminar 2016-17 – This is a private group featuring a year-long series of seminar sessions to support online pedagogy at John Jay College. Note that only members can access this link.

There is no set formula, but many initiatives include a WordPress site (and its discussion capabilities), and/or a group (either private or public). Often a group Web site is attached to a group, and admins provide group members various editorial permissions. Here’s one example of an initiative that used a public website to attract attention within CUNY and beyond:

Jessie Daniels – Just Publics

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Any questions? Please email the Community team: support@cunycommons.zendesk.com .

Planning a conference or event? The Commons offers users the ability to host a group or conference website on the Commons. Groups and sites offer great tools to help with publicity, organization, and registration before your conference.

You will want to decide which aspects of the conference or event you plan to run on this platform. Some options include (from least to most involved):

  • You can spread the word about your conference or event by posting in group forums to which you belong
  • You can create a group to bring folks together to share resources in the library and host discussion in the forum
  • You can create a site and host conference information, registration, submission, and more.
  • You can host  video presentations, share presentation materials, and engage attendees in asynchronous discussion on your conference or event site.

To get up and running easily, check out the Commons Conference Site Template.

Curious to see how it worked out for others? View the Conference Showcase Page here.

Suggestions for running a conference or event are below.

Feel free to reach out to the Commons Community Team with questions by clicking the HELP button above or by emailing support@cunycommons.zendesk.com. We hope to see your event on the Commons!


Before the Conference

  • Create a WordPress site on the Commons.  You can select the conference template (if desired) during the site creation process.
    • On your conference site you can centralize all information about your conference, publish agendas and presentations, advertise, and provide a place where members can blog and comment on other posts. You might want to select a theme with a slider that will showcase presentations and create a buzz.
  • Post it on the Events Calendar
  • Optionally, create a group or a number of groups on the Commons.
    • This can help with organization, provide an addition place for discussion, and launch a permanent space for like-minded colleagues to meet. Groups can provide a powerful social layer to your conference. Tools include discussion forums, announcement boards, file uploads, docs, email notifications, and reply by email functionality.
  • If you have a group and a site – consider linking them for better integration.
  • Get a “CUNY.IS/[yourSiteName]” quick link for your conference site or group (or both).
    • These easy-to-remember, short URLs help make the information about your conference easy to find.

Customize & Map your Domain (optional)

Does your conference already have its own domain name? Or does your department or program have a place where events typically reside? No worries. You can map that address to your site on the Commons. This provides a great way to take advantage of the great functionality available at the Commons while still maintaining a connection to your traditional domain. Users can either type in your domain’s URL or the Commons URL to access the conference site.

The Commons is open to faculty, staff, graduate students, and graduate alums (we do make some exceptions and create some temporary accounts). If your conference audience does not fall into these categories, you can still use the Commons, but keep in mind that Non-Commons members cannot join groups. They can view your conference’s public site and post comments on posts and pages, but they will not be able to subscribe and create posts.

During the Conference

Your conference or event website and group on the Commons can serve as a centralized andinfromation  space and social hub where participants can access information,  discuss issues, post presentations, comment on papers, and view related tweets.  And once the conference is over, the social network you’ve created provides a way for people to stay connected and keep the conversation going, as well as a space to archive what went on.

You can add a Twitter feed directly to your conference or event  site sidebar, using the Twitter Timeline (Jetpack) widget*. The Jetpack plugin must be activated and connected on your site and the widgets must be made available in Jetpack Settings.

After the Conference

You group or site will never be removed from the Commons, therefore  your conference or event group/site will remain archived here on the platform. You can reuse this site each year developing a consistent space over time, or you can clone your site or group to copy over information for your next conference or event.

 

cc-licensed photo “Evening” by flicker user aloucha

cc-licensed photo “Evening” by flicker user aloucha

Members can have as many WordPress “sites” on the Commons as they want. We have over 1,300 sites on the Commons, many are dedicated to academic group collaboration or professional partnerships. These fall under different use cases. This page deals with personal sites (or “blogs”) – one person posting her/his thoughts, research, articles, poems, images…

We offer domain mapping if you choose to purchase your own domain name – your site will be hosted on the Commons, but your URL will be your own.

Examples of Personal Sites:

Tony’s Thoughts – where the Anthony Picciano, professor and executive officer of the Ph.D. program in Urban Education at the Graduate Center, reliably publishes his thoughts every day, many times focusing on pedagogical issues and current events.

Shehzad NadeemAssistant Professor of Sociology at Lehman College, uses a Commons blog as a portfolio site.

Orienting Statements – Perspectives on Black Music of the Americas by Dean S. Reynolds, a Ph.D. candidate in Ethno-musicology at the CUNY Graduate Center shows how someone can use a Commons site to gather resources and write incisive, personal blog posts. He also uses the site to post his CV and Bio.

Helldriver’s Pitstop  One of our oldest ongoing blogs Helldriver’s Pit Stop is written by an Assistant Professor of English at Hostos Community College. By turns a music review, a personal diary, and an ongoing meditation on the nature of blogging, it’s been seven years foot sliding.

 

 

 

 

If you run into an issue on The Commons, you can report it by using one of the following two methods:

(1) The simpler method is to email us at support@cunycommons.zendesk.com.

(2) Experienced users may prefer to input the issue and track its resolution on CUNY Academic Commons on Redmine.

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Our Redmine site (pictured above) requires the creation of a separate login account if you want to post. If you have GC account, you can use that to log in. If not, please write to itservices@gc.cuny.edu to create an account.  Once there, you can report an issue, request new WordPress plugins and themes, suggest site improvements, etc. The login is not required if you simply want to browse through all the projects the Commons Community is working on, including bug fixes, new features, support, documentation, outreach, and publicity. Our workflow is on open display.

 

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Ready, Set, Go!

  • Join some groups or start a group of your own. Collaborate via forums and file sharing. Participate from the comfort of your inbox using our robust reply-by-email feature.
  • Check out some sites or start one of your own to share interests and passions, facilitate departmental administration, advertise events, or publish research findings.
  • Browse the Commons Twitter page and filter tweets about CUNY six different ways.
  • Adjust Your Privacy to control your information’s visibility and the ways you get site notifications.
  • Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter to stay current with new posts, projects, and threads.
  • Get Help from a variety of resources or contact us by clicking the Help tab in the top upper right hand corner.  We welcome ideas on how to make the Commons better and your ideas contribute to our development priorities.
Thank you for joining the CUNY Academic Commons. If you need further assistance, email us at support@cunycommons.zendesk.com

mindmap_3122892780_8288951fd3_zAvailable to every member, our set of collaborative tools include:

  • Groups – you can join or start any number of groups and take advantage of the following functionality: (1) group forums – where members can start new topics, or participate in discussion threads; (2) group docs – a ways to collaborate on documents with group members – kind of like a private wiki; (3) file uploads – create repositories of data for members of your group to access; (4) group sites, which extend group functionality and provide a way to publicize group work, either privately or publicly.
  • WordPress Sites – the Commons members can create an unlimited number of WP sites (aka “blogs” or websites). We have over 100 themes and 300 plugins that will help you create a unique websites. Our new Hosting Partner Handbook outlines the various non-standard customizations available, and includes procedures and guidelines for domain mapping requests, customized themes, new plugins, and site migrations.
  • My Commons – a personal homepage that highlights the network of friends, groups, and sites you develop on the Commons. Explore content relevant to you and stay current with your connections by establishing friendships, joining groups, and following WordPress sites that you find interesting.
  • Profile/Portfolio/CV – use the Commons to establish an online presence. We provide a sophisticated system to maintain member profiles, with easy-to-use widgets to list publications, education, positions, academic interests, RSS feeds, etc.
  • Notification settings – handle how you want to receive email notifications – right away, once a day, once a week, not at all… We have granular settings that help tailor the way you stay in touch with Commons groups and friends.
  • Reply by Email – When you receive an email notification from the Commons, you don’t have to log on to the Commons to reply. You can reply from the comfort of your email in-box.
  • Messaging – Write and receive private messages to and from any member of the Commons
  • CUNY.IS shortlinks – make an easy to remember short-link your site or group (example – cuny.is/omeka)

My Commons provides an easy way to stay current with the network of friends, groups, and sites you develop on the Commons.  It constantly aggregates information that is relevant to you – what your friends are doing, what’s going on in the groups you belong to, and what content and discussion is happening on the sites you follow.

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Getting Started

“My Commons” (boxed in red, in the image above) is a new Commons tab.  It only appears when you are logged into the Commons and is the only tab that is blue.  If you login from the Commons “Home” page, you will be redirected  there automatically.  This may be a little jarring at first, if you are used to going to the Home page to explore site-wide activity, but you can still go to the Commons “Home” page and shop around for like-minded scholars to become friends with, find interesting groups to join, and sites to follow.

“My Commons” makes it easier to keep track of the circles of interest that you’ve already developed on the Commons.

If you generally log in directly to your site or group on the Commons, you may not notice the new “My Commons” tab.  You will only be redirected there when you log in from the Commons “Home” page.

We hope you take some time to explore this convenient and focused way to browse the Commons.

Understanding the “My Commons” Activity Stream

Every time members do things on the Commons such as join a group, make a friend, upload a file, post to a site (or comment on a site post), follow a site, or participate in a forum discussion, that activity is recorded on the Commons site-wide activity stream.  “My Commons” picks out items from that stream which is relevant to you.

My Commons and Privacy

Different for every member, “My Commons” aggregates feeds according to your privileges on the Commons. (For more information on privacy, please see Managing Your Privacy.)

  • For a public, private, or hidden group, you will only see feeds if you are a member of the group.
  • You will only see member activity if you have established a friendship with that member.
  • You will only see site activity if you are a member of a site, or if you have elected to “Follow” the site.

“My Commons” is not visible to people who are not logged into the Commons or who are not members of our community.  “My Commons” is a personal page that other members can’t see (unless they are looking over your shoulders).

Filtering “My Commons” Activity By Type
You can filter “My Commons” items by specific types of activities, or just see everything. Items are presented in descending date order. myCommonsFilters

At the top of the page you will see the available filters – by default, you will see “Everything” but you can winnow down stream results by “Friends”, “Groups” and “Sites.”

Each item has convenient hyperlinks to the author, and to the content posted.  Clicking the hyperlinks will take you right to the place where the activity took place.  So, for example, you can read a comment written on a recently published post, and click the link, and be taken to the site’s post and be able to read the post, and comment as well.

If group-related, the icons to the left of each entry will have two overlapping images that show the group’s avatar and the group members avatar.  See an example, below:

 

If the item relates to a newly published post, and that post has an image, a thumbnail of the image will also appear.

 

Load Newest / Load More

My Commons displays activity in descending order by date.  You activity is likely to span many pages so as you scroll down, you can use the “Load More” button at the bottom.  If you want to go back to the most recent activity, there is a convenient “Load Newest” button on the top of the page.

Enjoy!

My Commons is an exciting new feature on the Commons, and we hope you find it a convenient way to keep in touch with what matters to you the most on the Commons.  Let us know if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members can set up easy-to-remember, short URLs that link to their profiles, sites, groups, docs, or posts.  Once set up, the URLs all begin with “http://cuny.is/“.

Member Profile Quick Link

short URL 2 Quick Links for Commons Profiles are initially populated with members’ usernames.  However, members can edit their profile and use the dialog displayed on the right to change the quick link to something else, as long as it is not already taken.

Group Quick Links

Similarly, group admins can set up quick links for their groups.  Once logged into the Commons, go to your group and click on the “Manage” tab.  You will see that your quick link defaults to “group-groupName”.  Just change and save.

Group quick links are displayed on the group home page.  Let your members know how easy it is to just type in “cuny.is/mygroup” and post a topic, add a comment, or check for new activity.

Other Ways You Might Use Quick Links

  • http://cuny.is/yourDoc
  • http://cuny.is/yourEventsHomePage
  • http://cuny.is/yourSite

To set up one of these types of CUNY.IS quick links, please write to us at support@cunycommons.zendesk.com

 

 

twitter news dropdownThe Commons provides a great way to use Twitter to track what’s going on at CUNY.  To find tweets from the @cunycommons/cunycommons list go to our Twitter News page or find it easily by clicking on “News” Tab on the Commons Home page and then the “Twitter” drop down option (circled in red on the picture to your right). This page shows:

  • Tweets from Commons Members – The Commons maintains a list of its members’  Twitter accounts.  Tweets from these accounts are aggregated here.  To get your account on this list, send us an email at support@cunycommons.zendesk.com.
  • Tweets from around CUNY – whenever anyone uses hash tags like #CUNY, #CUNYCOMMONS, #CUNYEVENTS,  these tweets will be aggregated here.
  • @cunycommons tweets – these tweets come from the Commons own account – @cunycommons.  They generally advertise new content posted on the Commons.
  • #cuny – Tweets that include hash tags #cuny are aggregated here.
  • #cunyevents – Tweets that include hash tag #cunyevents are aggregated here.

On the right hand side of the page (pictured below), you’ll see:

  • options to sort by the categories above
  • a quick refresher about how Twitter works
  • other Twitter resources
  • a download link which takes you to the source code found on GitHub.

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Our Tweets are refreshed every five or ten minutes.  Refresh your browser to find the latest news. The software which makes all this possible was developed by the CUNY Academic Commons.  We hope you enjoy it!