Groups and Discussions

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Should I join a group?

If you would like to take part in the activities of a group, for example reading and posting on their discussion boards and accessing their group files, you will need to join the group first. To watch how to join a group, click here.

What's the difference between a discussion board and a blog?

A discussion board belongs to a group of members with similar interests. Discussion boards should be used for multiple people to discuss one main topic. For example, someone may start a discussion asking for advice about treating a particular disease. Other members of the group can then reply, giving advice and expertise. A blog can belong to a group, but more often it belongs to one individual. That person can write about their thoughts and experiences or can comment on a specific topic over a period of time. Other people can view the posts, and can comment on them.

What's the difference between open and closed groups?

Any member can join an open group. If you see a group that interests you in the 'groups and discussions' section, just click 'Join Group' within the group's page, and you will be able to access and contribute to their discussions, pages and blogs.

To join a closed group you must request membership. Click 'Request Membership' on the menu on the left of the group's page. Your request may be accepted or declined by the group leader, based on such factors as your status as a student or practitioner. All activity within a closed group can only be seen on the home page latest activity river by accepted members of the group.

How do I join a discussion?

To take part in a discussion, for example to ask or answer a question, use the Groups and Discussions link on the NOVICE menu. You can find a discussion to join via the list of groups, for ordered by A to Z or Latest discussions. View our guide to joining a discussion here.

Can I make my own group?

Yes! If you have a topic that does not fit with any of the existing groups, you can start your own. We do ask that you try to not duplicate existing topics, so try searching the exisiting groups first. You should also note that creating a group brings with it some responsibility, for example managing members, checking for appropriate behaviour within the group and so on. To read more, view our 'Guide to group leaders'. And to find out how to create your group, watch our video here.

Can I have a NOVICE Buddy to help run my group?

Yes - there are a number of NOVICE buddies who can help you run your group. Please see the list of buddies below. You can e-mail an appropriate buddy with information about your group to ask for their assistance. Or they might beat you to it and request to be your buddy once you've created your group! (Note: all have a very good understanding of English).

  • Sarah Baillie - English - Veterinarian and Veterinary Educationalist, specialising in clinical skills and simulation
  • Tierney Kinnison - English - ICT/Veterinary Educationalist, main interests interprofessional education and animal welfare/behaviour
  • Jan Ehlers - German - ICT educationalist, specialist in e-learning and e-assessment
  • Lisa Schaper - German - ICT educationalists, also interested in e-learning and e-assessment
  • Tobias Boerboom - Dutch - Veterinary Educationalist, primary interests e-learning and veterinary education
  • Esther de Groot - Dutch - Veterinary Educationalist, main interest evidence based veterinary practice
  • Mira Mandoki - Hungarian - Veterinary Educationalist, interested in veterinary pathology and avian diseases
  • Emilia Ciobotaru - Romanian - ICT Educationalist, specialising in pathology of dogs and cats

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Last updated 2685 days ago by Tierney