I'm pretty excited
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
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
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
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
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.
So, from everyone here, congratulations to our first round of Student Guides. You’ve earned your lantern.