User Groups Guide
PURPOSE OF USER GROUPS
User Groups provide a space for ALM members to network as an actively engaged community of practice around adaptation. Create and join groups based on shared interest in a specific adaptation-related strategy, practice area, sector, theme, cross-cutting issue, geographic focus, organization or other topic. Use the space for the following functions:
- Identify and connect with other ALM users in the User Group;
- Recommend ALM resources, forum topics, news and events relevant to its members;
- Organize further adaptation-related knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities.
CREATE A GROUP
Group description: Use this space to provide a brief description or caption for your group that will show up next to the group name in the User Group list.
Group categories: Indicate what type of group you are creating (theme, adaptation practice, sector, etc) by selecting one of the drop-down options.
Group mission: Use this space to explain the purpose or focus of your group in greater detail. This text will show up on your User Group page.
Membership Requests: Select membership parameters for your group by clicking on one of the Membership Request options provided.
You can use the Comment feature to share information with the User Group. You must join the group in order to post a comment.
To post information on resources, news or events, make sure that the content is first added to the ALM (Create Content here); to promote a discussion topic posted on the ALM, make sure the discussion topic is already posted (Add Disussion Topic here). In the group comment/post, create a link to the ALM content page by using the hyperlink feature in the formatting panel.
GROUP ADMIN ROLE
The Group Administrator (Admin) can be specified on the Create Group page. The group creator is the Group Admin by default.
If a group is classified as "Moderted," the Group Admin will receive membership requests via email and is responsible for approving these requests. A Group Admin is also responsible for inviting members, particuarly if a group is classified as "Invite Only." The Group Admin may also modify User Group settings (e.g. closing a group under Membership Requests) or description text under "Edit Group."
With User Groups, you can find ALM members with shared interests regarding adaptation: search for an existing group on a topic of interest or create a new group. You can also search for members by interest, affiliation or User Group with the Search ALM Users function.
You can invite existing ALM members to join a User Group by clicking on "Invite Members" on the User Group page. For Invite Only groups, only the Group Admin can invite members to join.
To invite friends to register for the ALM and become an active member of the ALM community with access to participate in User Groups, Discussion Forums, and the Content Database, click on Invite Friend.
GET NOTIFICATIONS VIA RSS FEEDS
For notifications of group activity and comments, you can subscribe to a specific User Group's RSS feed or to personalized, site-wide RSS feeds. To access RSS feeds, see "Group Notifications" on the User Group page of interest.