The new Oliver v5 Community Portal features Discussion Groups that you can join to chat with Oliver v5 users in your local area or on the other side of the world. The aim of Discussion Groups is to encourage a sense of community among our Oliver v5 users.
There are city/regional based Discussion Groups, such as Brisbane, Sydney, Central Queensland etc. for discussing topics relevant to your local area as well as organising to meet for a local User Group. If you are interested in organising a local User Group you can read the article 'How to organise a Local User Group' to get you started.
There are also Discussion Groups for various topics of interest, such as library displays, book reviews, popular reading for boys, and popular reading for girls. When Oliver v5 schools in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and Africa join the Oliver v5 Community Portal later this year, you will be able to have discussions with Oliver v5 users anywhere in the world. That means, for example, a librarian in the Northern Territory could be talking to a librarian in London about popular books that the 13-year-old boys in both their schools enjoy.
Would you like to join a Discussion Group but are not sure how?
1. Make sure you are a member of the Oliver v5 Community Portal. If you are not a member, send us an Email and we will help you get set up.
2. Login to the Oliver v5 Community Portal and go to the Groups tab. Browse through the list of Discussion Groups and select the Group/s that you would like to join. Click on the Join Group button.
You can post a question to the entire Discussion Group by typing into the ‘Share an update’ box and clicking on the Share button:
Or you can send a private message to any member of the Group by clicking on their name and then clicking on Message. You can also follow individual members if you would like to be kept up-to-date on what they have to say.
In the Discussion Group, you can create a poll with multiple-choice responses to easily collect preferences from the other members of the Group. This would be ideal for deciding on preferred days and dates for meeting together for a local User Group, for instance.
You can also control how often you receive updates from the various Discussion Groups you have joined. You can receive a daily digest from your favourite groups and a weekly digest from other groups, for example.
Softlink Education are running a competition to encourage Portal members to upload their photo for a more engaging conversation with their colleagues. All members with a photo go in the draw to win one of three cash vouchers for their school. The competition closes on the 15th December.
A series of webinars will be hosted in August for those who would like to learn more about the Oliver v5 Community Portal. You can click here to register.
If you are an Oliver v5 user and have yet to register for the portal, you can email our support team to get your registration process started. We hope you will enjoy using the features this new tool provides. As always, please don’t hesitate to email Customer Community Manager, Susan Gan if you have any questions or feedback.