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The lanterns are lit: have you seen our new Student Guides?

Created on Fri, 06/12/2013 - 11:26 by Jennifer Piper 

You’ve probably realised by now that the Open2Study team is pretty enthusiastic about social learning. This week, things got a bit more exciting.

Student Guides make us smile

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I'm pretty excited

We're excited about our new announcement 
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Building a strong community, so that students have all the support they need to get the most out of each course, is one of our main priorities. It’s definitely my main focus, as a Social Learning Facilitator. So you can imagine how excited we get when a student comes along who is super-engaged and involved.

Celebrating our super students

Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes
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We do whatever we can to celebrate these students, whether it’s by sharing their personal blogs, tweets, Facebook posts and articles with our social networks. Recently, we were able to ask Dianne Owens, one of our most active students, to write a guest blog for us. This is all great, but it doesn’t really tell the world how important these guys are. This is one of the reasons why we’ve introduced Student Guides. It’s our way of recognising students who have gone above and beyond the standard level of involvement. 

It's a small group

Student Guides are superheroes 
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This is not an easy thing to achieve. Our first round of students to level up to Student Guide included only 28 students out of around 70 thousand. That’s a pretty small percentage.

Lighting the lanterns

Student Guides shine their lantern for you 
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You can spot a student guide by the special decoration on their avatar – including the green flame of knowledge. You’ll also see, on their profile, that they’ve been granted a Student Guide lantern – that’s going to come in handy in the next few weeks.

Making the learning social

We love building the team
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A Student Guide is someone who is likely to have a good idea about how Open2Study works, how to get the most out of a course and how to connect with other students. It’s our hope that they’ll use their new lanterns to guide the way for other students, and enrich the social learning experience at Open2Study.


Congratulations to all of our Student Guides
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So, from everyone here, congratulations to our first round of Student Guides. You’ve earned your lantern.


Thank you! It's an honour to have been chosen among so many students. I feel so moved, I'll try to do my best to comply with such a distinction.

Thank you for selecting me as a Student Guide, I hope I can assist fellow students achieve everything they can here in Open2Study.

An unexpected honour to be selected in the first group of Student Guides. I'm not entirely sure what I might do any differently so I'll just continue studying, contributing to discussions and offering help where I can--which is pretty much what I'd expect any student to do.

Thanks for the great distinction. Now its our turn to contribute as Student guides. :-)
Wish all open2study instructors, staff and students a MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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