Welcome to "dlio", the space we will be using for the online community phase of the UdG Agora. In some ways this is familiar to discussion boards you may use in your LMS. We are using a community platform called discourse.
It provides a discussion space, but in a slightly different structure and approach than your typical threaded discussion board formats.
Dilo is a Public Space
First of all, dlio is public to the world to read, so what you say here, people outside can see. However, at least for now, we are limiting the ability for people to write or converse to just those who are part of the UdG Agora project.
So the first thing you should do is log in via the account information you will receive via email by end of the day August 18, 2015.
Dlio is organized into "categories" or areas to loosely organize discussion "topics". The first two are areas open to all UdG Agora participants, these are our common areas.
Noticias include our announcements, important information for everybody. There is a sub category in Noticias for Using Dilo (where you are reading this now) where we will provide information to help you use dllo
When you are logged in to dilo, you can read everything in Noticias, and you can reply if you have a question, but you cannot write new topics
The general Open Agora area is a place you might consider our virtual agora. All 300+ of us are there, and you can write new topics or threads as well as reply to others. We have set up three sub-categories:
Shared Stuff is where you can share resources, readings, media, etc that might be of value to others. We hope that you can do more than share links,but also to describe why its worth sharing, what's the relevance, or maybe even what you might disagree with.
Discipline Discussions Since we have many people from different disciplines, we thought that there would be a good use to have a place for all people who teach Sociology or Engineering to share or ask questions
General Feedback is where you can let us know of any questions or thoughts you have about dilo and the projects we are doing.
Your Group Areas
Because it is not easy to talk with 300 people, we have created class sized groups for UdG Agora participants, with ~42 people in each and an instructor/facilitator. When you log in to dilo, you should see a third area below the Open Agora are representing the group you are assigned to.
For example, if you are in Alan's group, you will see this discussion area
For now, this area is only available to people in Alan's Group. If Laura is assigned to Nancy's Group, she will see a different group listed.
This structure provides a smaller number of people to interact with. You will get direct feedback and support from your instructor. Most of your discussion will take place in your groups, but if there is something worth talking about with the larger group, use the Open Agora discussion are.
Customizing Your Account
One of the first things you should do is edit your profile on this site- use the icon in the upper right corner, and select
Preferences from the menu.
On important setting is you can change the language of the interface (all of the menus and button names) to be in Spanish rather than English. Just select
You can enter information about yourself, select an image to use on your profile background (see my profile @cogdog and your card (the small window that shows on the site when you hover over your name)-- here is what you see if you click my icon anywhere on the site
You can also decide how much email the site should send you as notifications, or for your computer, to turn on small pop up notifications when their is activity on your posts.
Communicating in dlio
We engage here in conversation, each one started as a topic, with a series of replies. You have tools on each post or reply to bookmark it (if you want to remember it) or to "like" it.
You can "mention" people like in twitter with the @ symbol, just start typing their name like @nancyw or @Terri to indicate them (this will notify them as well they have been mentioned).
There also useful tools to reply to someone else's post. If you highlight a block of text, you will see an option to "Quote Reply"
This starts a new post with an indicated quote from the source. In this way, you provide a connection from your post to what someone else has written.
For tips on using the dlio editor and other tools, see http://dilo.theagoraonline.net/t/some-tips-for-using-dilo/61
Give these a try in your first week!
- Practice finding your way around dilo
- Customize your profile (Look for Preferences under your icon menu in the top right)
- Send a greeting or reply to someone else's message in the Open Agora area and in your group area
- In your Group areas, respond to your instructors prompt to report on your triads
- Look for new discussion prompts in your Group area
- And if you still have extra time, do a few Daily Tries each week