Using OEG Connect

OEG Connect is Open Education Global’s community space, available for use by open educators anywhere.

We put it to use as the home for the online OE Global 2020 Conference with the idea that every part of the conference can be a potential conversation. Ask questions here, post resources, connect with colleagues, and share your experiences during the event.

The majority of content here is open to see and read, but to participate you need to create a free account (this allows you to post replies and start new discussion topics). If you participated in the OE Global 2020 Conference then you should already have an account to use.

For anyone else interested in creating an account, use the Join button in the upper right corner (see our guide for more detailed instructions) We have a full user guide available too.

If you run into issues at anytime you can send a message from within Connect to use via the @help team or you can send us an email message connect@oeglobal.org.

Creating Content in OEG Connect

Here are more details on the types of things you can do when writing in OEG Connect

Whether you are replying to a discussion in the conference areas or writing a longer post with resources and information for your presentation, the writing tools in OEG Connect are the same.

When you click a Reply button or a New Topic button you see the editing tools-- a compact editing area on the left and a preview on the right. The toolbar is not all that difference from what you see in email or other web writing interfaces.

Hovering over any icon while editing reveals its purpose.

We suggest using basic formatting structures (paragraph, lists, bold, italic), make use of adding links / hyperlinks, and inserting media as described below.

Consult our OEG Connect Writing Tips for a bit more explanation.

Using Media

You can upload images to include in your post with the upload-icon Upload Image / File button or simply drag and drop images into the editor. We also allow uploads of PDF files. There is a 10Mb limit for uploads. Anything larger or other file types are better added to your post by a link to the source files elsewhere.

A web address entered in the text of a paragraph will be automatically into a hyperlink, e.g.

Many kinds of content can be embedded directly into a post by putting it’s web address on a blank line and pressing return. This includes web sites with previews, YouTube/vimeo videos, SoundCloud audio, individual tweets. If it cannot be embedded, the web address will be made into a link, say maybe the address for the Open Education Week resource collection https://www.openeducationweek.org/resources (which well worth seeing).

For example, if you paste in the link for a Wikipedia page on a new line and press RETURN, e.g.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_educational_resources

see how it is displayed:

This also works well for YouTube videos, for example putting on a blank line:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8m2GrPk2y8

produces the embedded video right in the post. Check it out!

Slides

We hope presenters will share their slides as well as other relevant links and resources. However, we do not have capacity for managing uploads, so we ask the slides be shared via one of the following services (or others you may know of).

  • Slideshare - upload slides and share as a link to a web viewable version http://slideshare.net
  • SpeakerDeck http://speakerdeck.com/ - a similar service operated by GitHub, presentations are uploaded as PDFs and published in a web view
  • Google Slides - http://slides.google.com/ upload or create slides in Google’s toolset, share as a link
  • Public Link - upload a .zip archive of your materials and share via Google Drive, DropBox, Box.net, or from a website you manage.

Compose Elsewhere

Much of the writing here will be conversational, but if you are composing something longer, like the materials for your presentation or poster, you may want to do your writing elsewhere, such as MS Word or Google Docs. If you copy your formatted content and paste it in this editor, all major formatting (e.g. headings, emphasis, hyperlinks, lists, quotes) will be preserved.

And as an added bonus for copying from Google Docs (see example), any images in your text will be brought here too.

You Can Always Edit What You Posted

Any post or reply that you write here can be edited up to 60 days later. Just look for the pencil edit button at the bottom of anything you posted.

edit-connect

This opens it again so you can make changes.

Yes, We Have Emojis

If you like to add emojis, we have them for you under the emoji smile icon in the editor. You can also enter them directly using the convention :smile: in the editor. In fact, if you start typing : and letters, the editor will suggest emojis in the library.

If you explore, you can even find a few OEG created ones! :cc: :connect: :oeg: And as you can see, they can be entered in the titles of new topics, like this one.

This should help you get started using all of the editing tools in Connect. If you have questions, suggestions, just click that reply button and use those tools! Or send us a private message via @help

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