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Introducing Raider Commons: A New Service for WSU Faculty, Staff, and Students

*Raider Commons Now Available to the Campus Community*

At the direction of the Provost, CaTS and Communications & Marketing, working in conjunction with Student Government, were asked to investigate an internal online social community to serve as a welcoming "gathering place" for faculty, staff, and students to openly communicate and collaborate on issues. Currently called Raider Commons, this environment enables people to opt-in to focused discussions on topics of personal interest.

Over the past several months, Raider Commons has been beta tested by faculty, staff, and students. A subset of this group comprised an Advisory Committee to offer recommendations and feedback. With key issues now resolved, we'd like to invite the campus community to participate in an evaluation of Raider Commons by using your CAMPUS user name and password to access http://commons.wright.edu.

Some of what you will find in Raider Commons includes:
•A site organized into organic groups covering topics of Politics & World Affairs, Campus Issues, Cultural Events, Recommendations, and more.
•Individual groups with opportunities for members to use familiar social networking tools to create blogs, wikis, documents, polls, calendar events, or simply converse on a Shout wall.
•The Our Commons group – designed to be a community repository of documentation, FAQs, and discussions related to the use of Raider Commons.
•The opportunity to create your own group. Please note: policies regarding removal of persistently inactive groups will apply.

When you first enter Raider Commons, it can be challenging to know where to begin. Start by simply browsing and follow discussion posts in groups of interest to you. If you wish to participate, join and try contributing to one of the existing groups. Add a blog entry or discussion topic. If you are curious about the difference, read the wiki post in the Our Commons group titled "Understanding Content Types - wiki, blog, shout, or discuss?"

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827 or helpdesk@wright.edu.

A short video tutorial on using and navigating Raider Commons will be available soon within the Raider Commons Help system.