Groups/Communities to study together

Go to groups

One of our primary service is the free support of self-organized education groups. We support local groups as well as online groups with members from different places.

What to learn in a group?

It is up to you. You can find some good online course starting soon, for example, on Coursera, and you want to learn it together with your friends. Using the Groups tool you can schedule events and video calls to discuss and share ideas with your friends, collect interesting resources, build challenges list for you to improve new skills.
Or you can find some good book and build your group learning based on it.

You must have something as a base for your learning plan. However, this "base" can be found after you created a group during you first meeting or video call with a group members.

Groups creation and membership

Who can create a group?

Any registered user of this web site can create his group for free. If you already have friends to learn something together or you are sure you will find members fro your groups then just create a group now.

Why whould I create a group on this web site?

If you decided to learn something new and you got friends to learn it together then the Groups tool is fro you. The Groups tool helps to plan a group education, manage and organize it. The tool helps to decrease a group management work for a group organizer.
Create a group on this web site if you don't have much time to spend on your group support.

What groups can I join?

There are 3 types of groups by membership access:
- open groups,
- groups with moderated membership with read access to anyone,
- closed groups where only members can see the a group contents.

You can join to open groups without confirmation. And you can request to join to other 2 types of groups and a group administrator will decide if to approve your request or not.

Who can join the group i created?

In a group settings you can define access level to your group. There are 3 options:


In your group settings you can set required level of access.

What is difference between online and local group?

Online group means "world wide" group. Members are from everywhere. Local groups are limited by a country/region/city etc. Create a local group if you plan offline meetings of your group or if a group language is not used in many countries.

I created a group. What next?

After a group created you can invite your friends and other membrs to join a group. If you don't have someone to learn together in your group then you can find such people by promotion a group on the web, for example, in different forums or social networks.

Group on this web site VS classroom service on other sites

There are sites on the web where you can create a virtual classroom to learn together with your friends.
The difference is that classrooms are created for professional "teachers/trainers/instructors" to know how to organize and manage groups and have time for this.
Our Groups service is created for online learners who self-organized in a group and noone of them wants to be manager and spent much time on a group management.

Groups settings

Title and description

Name of a group and description. This should clearly explain what groups members plan to learn

Subject and related job

A group subject from the list of categorized subjects on this web site. It is needed to know a group category and related degree. Also it is possible to map a related job to a group. Jobs list is predefined and appears whena subject is selected.

Learning target

This is the text to describe a group learning target. Group members will continue their education until a target achieved. It is needed to explain future members what exactly do you plan to learn in a group.

Work Language

A language used for communication by groups members. Usually a language of a country for local groups. Or English or other global language for online groups.

Location

It can be "online" - means world wide or country/city for local groups.

Access level

One of 3 options:

Learning in a group

How to start

Firstly, invite a group members to learn together. It is possible to use an "invite" form if you have a list of emails of people who want to learn a subject together with you. Or just share a group page with social networks to find new friends to learn together.

It can be that you already know what to learn. You could choose some online course or book and will learn it together with your friends, using the groups service to coordinate your learning, to discuss what did you learn, what problems did you have.
If you have a group but don't know from what to start then schedule a call or meating using the Events tool and Discuss a target and first steps. During a communication with your group member you will understand you first steps and what exectly do you want to learn, what skills to develop.

Updates in a group

One of group members is a group administrator. This is the person who created a group. He can do all updates and is moderator in same time. The administrator can add events, challenges, resources etc. All other members can only comments and use a forum to suggest updates to a group.

Events

The EVents tool allows you to scheduler group members meetings. It can be real meeting if your group is local to some city or it can be video call or web chat etc. It is up to you what is the best way to do group events.

An Event is defined with the time and date, description, location and details. In Details text describe what groups member must to do to join an event. Note, date and time are no specified with a timezone. In your group you have to decide what is your timezone for all events so all members know this.

Each member of a group can click the button "I will go!" on the event to indiate he will take part. So it is possible to see who will be on the event.

Challenges

Challenges are your steps or tasks in a group learning. You discuss and add challenges together with all group members.
Challenge can be a task to learn some chapter in a specified book or to watch a lesson from online course and complete an assesment from it.

After a group member completed a challenge he can indicate this with the special button "I completed!". This helps to track a group members progress and overall group progress.
If a group member has difficulties to complete a challenge then he can use a group forum to ask for other members help.

Challenges list is a plan created by a group to achieve their education target. Step by step.

Resources

While learning in a group, members will find interesting web resources related to a group subject. Such resources can be listed in the Groups Resorces list. The list can be modified by an administrator but members can suggest resources in comments and forums.

Resources list will grow during a group goes throuth challenges and events.

Discussions/Forum

A group has its own forum where members can discuss different questions. It is powerfull modern discussion board.

Use a Forum to discuss a group education plans, suggest events, meetings, challenges, resources, courses etc. Also ask for help from group members on your learning questions. Or find solutions together using the forum.

Courses

On the MyEducationPath.com there is the directory of online courses and MOOC. A group can select some favourite courses as recommendation to learn for group members. Or include courses as a group challenge.
If an online courses in not in the directory on this web site then it can be added as a resource.

Group work manual

Group administrator

This describes how a group administrator can do a group management. See below for a group member manual.

Create Groups


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Fill the form and click "Create group"
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Group page


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To add new Event/Resource/Challenge/Course


To edit/delete an Event/Resource/Challenge/Course, move a mouse pointer over it and buttons Edit and Delete appaears




Group member

For group members there are actions to update a status in a group and track own progress in a group. See the tutorial in the blog for more information.

To see buttons move a mouse pointer over an event or a challenge