We have several Bridge authors at our facility. Is it possible for us to form our own Community "Group" (like "Arc"), for Bridge-related communications?
Hello Mary! Bridge is working on a "Bridge-in-Schools" group, so folks from the education world can form a community where we share knowledge, information, questions, concerns and discuss tips and tricks I will be the facilitator for the group, and I have been working with Adam Williams and Kate Toothman in the past a few days to prepare for the launch. It should be coming soon! Stay tuned
Okay, it looks like this is a project that you're really excited about! I am having some difficulty imagining what this would look like, in comparison to what the Bridge Community is now. Will there be more information, or a “How to make the most of…” tutorial?
The prompt for my (initial) question was to see how to create a collective communications center for people at our institution as they related to Bridge training management. Issues like: access to media resources owned by the facility that is usable to our group, update on project efforts that affect everyone at the facility (e.g. policy development and cost-handling of affiliate trainees within the institution), etc. Will the "Bridge-In-Schools" project help with this?
I agreed to help building the BiS community because I think it can be beneficial to all of us who use Bridge at universities. I look forward to seeing how this develops and helps us all with our work.
If you wanted to discuss topics that are only relevant to your university, I think the community members in the Bridge-in-Schools may not be able to provide direct input. I think the general goal for the Bridge-in-Schools community is for us (who use Bridge in education) to have a space to discuss topics that are more relevant to schools (culture, structure, needs, etc.).
With this said though, if your colleagues are members of the BiS community, then this might be a potential a space where you and your colleagues communicate with each other via group messaging if the conversation is private among you all. If not, you might consider asking it to the whole community and folks might share what they do at their schools.
I'm actually pretty new to the community, and personally, I found it helpful to see what other schools are doing--sometimes there are great ideas: we may or may not able to apply the exact idea to our school setting because we are all unique in some ways, but I do find the discussions inspiring.
I can't answer the question "if you can build an actual private group in the community." That's a question for the Bridge staff. Maybe Kate Toothman and Adam Williams can help answering this question.
Hope this helps a bit.
Yes - thank you! I will check in with our authors and explore this.
Hey Mary. Why don't you check out the new group at Bridge in Schools and let us know over there if you have any questions about it. There are some lessons on using groups in the Community Guide. Cheers!
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