First things first, make sure you have a Google account set up. To set up an account with Google, just head over to Google.com (or whatever is your local domain) and follow the instructions to set up your account.
Now that that’s done, you can join the Open2Study Google+ Community.
Get that community feeling
When you’re in the community, you can post your content directly, by clicking into the text box, typing what you like and then adding a link, a photo, or a video.
We recommend including the hashtag for your course, to make it easy for your classmates to identify you and your content.
You can even organise an event via the community, like a Google Hangout, to connect ‘live’ with your classmates.
Show your support
The whole point of the G+ Community is to connect and interact with your classmates and colleagues. Underneath each post, you’ll see a little +1 box. Click on that to show that you agree with the post or find it interesting.
To share your thoughts, just click into the text box (you’ll see ‘Add a comment’) and start typing. To confirm your content, just hit share.
Post from your page
You don’t have to enter the community to post your content. You can simply do so from your Google+ homepage. All you need to do is type into the text box, add your content and use the drop-down menu to choose where to share it.
When you choose Open2Study, a second menu appears. From here you can choose the area of study your content is related to.
Remember that when you post to the community, you will also need to choose not to post anywhere else.
Pop back and check on things
It’s our hope that the Google+ Community will give students the opportunity to stay connected with people, from around the world, who share common interests. Even after your course ends, you can stay connected and share your thoughts. Better yet, you can connect with students from past and future courses, so you get to absorb the enthusiasm of more people than ever before!
See you in the community.