An OE Global 2024 Participant Guide to OEG Connect

As we have done in previous years, we offer this OEG Connect space for sharing and connection amongst attendees of the OEGlobal 2024 conference taking place November 13-15 in Brisbane and those who cannot travel to Australia but still wish to be part of the activities.

OEG Connect operates on the open source Discourse platform,. As a discussion/community environment, it is organized by the conversational activity. While it might seem unstructured, you can use search to find topics and notifications to select the content you want to follow.

Our guide here is set up to help you navigate and participated. Read below or jump to any section.

:point_right:t4: (1) The Main Conference Area

You can find the main entry to the conference area at but also via the category link on the left side of OEG Connect.

Eventually we will set up a few main areas as we did in 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020 but for now the 2024 space can be thought of the lobby, a place for any conversation.

:point_right:t4: (2) Reading Versus Replying/Posting

Everything in the OEG Connect conference space is public to read, but the real value is in being part of the conversations. To do this, you need to create an account. If you have an account, just login again, But if you have not created an account, you can signup to create an account.

Now if you create a general account, the Discourse platform sets you at a basic level of user. To gain access to more capabilities, you can do so by first reading a few posts, clicking the like button, and replying to existing posts.

But, if you are a conference attendee, you will get a special link by email to join OEG Connect, that lets you enter with more advanced capabilities (if anyone wants an invite link, email us at

Okay, you are logged in., now what?

:point_right:t4: (3) Filling out your profile

If you click on any users link you will see a mini profile card, and if you click that again, you can see a more detailed profile of any logged in user, click on say that person who is here a lot @cogdog . Make sure your profile has appropriate contact information, affiliation, maybe a custom icon, a brief bio, social media bio, open education interests.

If you are new to OEG Connect or maybe have not updated your account in a while, please visit your OEG Connect Profile to provide as much information that you would like others to see.

Where is this profile edited? Use the top right drop down menu under your avatar, and then click the little person icon. That’s a few clicks away! You can also go directly by this link to edit your OEG Connect Profile.

:point_right:t4: (4) Add Yourself to the Conference Directory

This is completely optional, but to find other conference attendees who are here in OEG Connect, you Show your interest in the conference by adding yourself to the group for the OE Global 2024 Conference Contacts . Use the Join button in the top right to request to be added.

While you are in there, explore the names and profiles of other attendees. You can learn more about them and use the message button to contact them.

:point_right:t4: (5) Bump Your Notifications

OEG Connect uses some logic to keep you posted of replies, or topics you have chosen to be of interest, or entire areas of the site where you want a high level of notification.

This is not necessarily mean a flood of email! If you have been active in OEG Connect recently, the notification shows up as a number above your icon. If you are away, OEG Connect will notify you gently by email. You can update your settings to control how often you are notified by email and also enable/disable alerts on your device.

During the conference, you can increase your alert level of any of the main conference areas but look in the top right of say the (main common space](OE Global 2024 - OE Global Connect) for the :bell: bell icon- click to set your notifications to “Watching” which keeps you informed of new activity when you return to Connect.

You can also increase your notification level for a single post, look for the same bell icon in the bottom right corner.

:point_right:t4: (6) Read and Reply and Start New Conversations

See the latest conversations in the main area to find something you can contribute to or start a new one via the New Topic button. Or see what you might want to read or explore in the other four main conference spaces.

While reading, use the like button (like we have to tell you how to like, but notice we have a few icon choices).

Also note that every topic and even every reply in Connect has a link you can copy to share.

:point_right:t4: (7) Compose Like an OEG Connect Pro!

The visual editor should be relatively intuitive, you see a view of Markdown/HTML where you compose, and a live preview on the right.

You can add images to a message by simply dragging and dropping from your computer or via the add Image/File icon in the menu bar.

There is much more you can do! Like embedding media, creating image galleries, creating time code stamps that display in a readers local zone… Many details are available in our Guide to OEG Connect

Hopefully this gets you started being an active participant in Connect. If you have any questions, contact us via @oegconnect

And there is another valuable participation trip, if you refer to a person while composing a post or a reply, start with the @ sign and continue typing their name, see if their OEG Connect handle comes up… . I might just want to recognize or send a notice to say, @igorlesko – including another users account name here will send them a notification… Will it work, Igor?

:arrow_left: return to the OE Global 2024 Conference conversations

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