The OERu hosts its own social learning network using mastodon.oeru.org for course specific activities and a backchannel for our learning community. A backchannel is a networked conversation that runs alongside the primary course conversations. You will need to know how to use the course hashtag in your toots for course related posts: #lida101
What is a Mastodon social network?
Mastodon is a federated social network with microblogging features similar to Twitter. As a federated technology, it is administered independently across many open source software servers around the world called instances rather than a single corporate provider. The OERu instance of Mastodon is hosted at mastodon.oeru.org.
Toot using the course hashtag
Purpose: Confirm digital skills to post a toot using the course hashtag.
- Help resources: Getting started with the OERu social network
- Create an account on mastodon.oeru.org (if you don’t already have one).
- Complete or update your profile information (Don’t forget to do this otherwise your name and image will be undefined in the course feed.).
- Fill out a display name (most learners use their real name)
- Upload an avatar or profile image
- Click “Save changes”.
- Post a toot and include the hashtag “#lida101” in the body of your post, sharing why you joined this course. For example:
- I joined the #lida101 course because … (Note there are no spaces between the “#” and letters of the code.)
- Go to the search bar and type in “#lida101″and press enter to display all toots with the hashtag contained in the post. (Results are displayed in the fourth column on a wide screen display with the column heading: #lida101.)