Membership has its rewards!
Members are divided into levels of access, set by the teacher/professor.
As a member, you have access to several complementary services.
- VLI blog space. (General Information)
- VLI open social networking (Not evaluated)
- VLI forum participation (Evaluated)
- iFlyChat for synchronous communication (Not evaluated)
This VLI site provides both general information ‘Pages’ and ‘Posts’. Pages contain general ongoing site information, while Posts contain either short-term or just-in-time content. Both Pages and Posts may, or may not, be set to allow blog functionality.
‘Open Forum’ is your social networking home, where you may create your own specific private circles by inviting ‘Friends’ to share your thoughts with. Your topics are defined by you and no marks are associated with such social communications. It is intended as a space for friendship-bonding, or off-the-record brainstorming.
‘VLI Forums’ are the core application nodes on this site. Private Group (Team) Forums of 5 or 6 students are created by your instructor and defined by your instructor. This is where you and your assigned ‘Team’ focus on finding solutions to assigned tasks, sharing your ideas in your assigned sub-cohort before presenting your worked-out team ideas, concepts, or proposals to the Total-Cohort for feedback and further reflection.
The ‘Total-Cohort Forum’ is, just as the name indicates, a communication space where the whole cohort meets online for exchanging ‘Team’ information and ideas and/or to receive information as a total cohort group from either internal or external online expert sources.
Note: ‘Groups’ allow users to organize themselves into specific public, private or hidden sections with separate activity streams.