Join us in the Open Learning Commons

Becoming a member of the Open Learning Commons enables collaboration with people around the world, both in open collective works, and in a private communications.

Joining is outlined in sections below (with the first two the most important).

Community members accept the online rights and responsibilities outlined by the Digital Life Collective

A. Signing up with Diglife

  1. Joining the Open Learning Collective begins with signing up with the Digital Life Collective as an individual member for $10USD or £8GBP, with a credit card and an e-mail address.

    • After validation of payment, an automated message should come in e-mail (in a few minutes) with a web link to chat.diglife.coop.

B. Signing up with Open Learning Commons

  1. If you know an administrator on discuss.openlearning.cc, it's easiest to ask him or her (e.g. via Direct Message on chat.diglife.coop) to generate an invitation for you, into your e-mail inbox.

C. Coming onboard chat.diglife.coop

  1. Follow through the link to chat.diglife.coop from the e-mail response to validate your identity.

  2. Choose a Mattermost userid that will identify you across multiple domains.

    • A userid that includes a period may cause issues with some tools. If you need a break character, an underscore (i.e. "_") may work better.

  3. Choose a password (of at least 10 characters, if you choose to use the same password across all diglife.coop subdomains and openlearning.cc subdomains).

  4. After logging into chat.diglife.com, browse the list of Public Channels. To find more channels, select the "More ..." link at the bottom.

    • Private channels require an invitation from a moderator

    • Direct Messages are initiated by selecting the "+" symbol, and browsing or searching for the Diglife member.

  5. Desktop notifications from the browser can be enabled, and changed under "Settings".

    • If you prefer a desktop application over a browser interface, they are available for Windows, MacOS and Linux.

    • If you have an image or avatar, add it by customizing at: Account Settings ... General ... Profile Picture

  6. The Mattermost mobile app can be installed on a smartphone or tablet, allowing notifications alongside other applications.

  7. Beyond the common chat.diglife.coop/diglifeteam, you may need to request access to other teams.

D. Coming onboard discuss.diglife.coop

  1. Follow through the link to discuss.diglife.coop from the e-mail response to validate your identity.

  2. Choose a Discourse userid (that will show up on the open Internet; matching the Mattermost userid will be helpful to your collaborators).

    • A userid that includes a period may cause issues with some other tools. If you need a break character, an underscore (i.e. "_") may work better.

  3. Choose a password (of at least 10 characters, discuss.openlearning.cc is the tool that requires the length).

  4. For a high-level orientation, browse to discuss.openlearning.cc/categories for an overview of the categories.

  5. Desktop notifications from the browser can be enabled, and changed at discuss.openlearning.cc/my/notifications.

  6. The Discourse mobile app can be installed on a smartphone or tablet, allowing notifications alongside other applications.

E. Coming onboard my.diglife.coop

  1. Additional web packages are available at my.diglife.coop (from the free choices on Cloudron).

    • On the Help Desk at https://chat.diglife.coop/diglife/channels/help-desk, leave a message that you would like privileges on my.diglife.coop (Cloudron).

    • Edit privileges at wekan.diglife.coop (Wekan activity board) use the same userid and password as with chat.diglife.coop.

    • Edit privileges at notepad.diglife.coop (CodiMD coauthoring) use the same userid and password as with chat.diglife.coop.

F. Coming onboard wiki.openlearning.cc

Federated wiki is a new started in 2011 way for individuals and groups to share knowledge on a distributed web technology. There is a learning curve to writing in the Creative Commons.

  1. To begin learning, start at wiki.openlearning.cc.

  2. Create a personal subdomain by claiming a new site, e.g. myname.wiki.openlearning.cc .

    • Authentication for single-sign-on is still in progress. The current implementation asks for a Google account.

    • To edit, selecting "wiki" in the page footer to toggle a ✓ checkmark as visible.

    • Edit the Welcome Visitors card, so that readers appreciate the origin of that subdomain.

  3. Create content submdomains by claiming additional microsites, e.g. mytopic1.myname.wiki.operlearning.cc

    • As you discover new pages, fork them onto your desired microsite.

Please bear in mind that content visibility is at your discretion on diglife.coop, and open to world on openlearning.cc.