Participate in the Members Network    

NCDD is currently rolling out its new “NCDD Members Network,” and we think you’ll find it a fun, useful tool. At its essence, the NCDD Members Network is an interactive directory of all NCDD members. Since it is run on social network software, the Network allows our members to get to know each other better, share their work, discuss what they care about, and even collaborate on projects.

Joy, Andy and Sandy are currently adding all NCDD members to the Network, starting with our paid members (since it’s a smaller group, unfortunately). We’ll test things with our paid members for a week or so before adding the rest of our 700 members. If you are a member of NCDD, you can start exploring the NCDD Members Network as soon as you receive an email from [email protected] that contains your new login and password for the Network.

Once you get this message, we encourage you to log in and explore the Network (it’s at www.thataway.org/ncddnet). Here are some of the things you can do right away:

  1. Add info to your profile, change/add your picture, etc. by clicking on the word “edit” at the top of the page where it says “Profile [edit].” Note the different tabs, where you can add contact info, personal info, info about your work, how you’ve been involved with NCDD, etc.
  2. Join a group or two, or create a new group. Click on “groups” at the top of the page. Then you can go into the group(s) you’re already a part of (we set up some regional groups already) and post a comment to introduce yourself or to start a discussion. Or you can click on the “browse groups” tab to look over all the groups that exist so far. You are also welcome to create new groups, now or anytime in the future! Just click on the “create new group” box at the top right of the main Groups page.
  3. Add a blog post. Everyone has their own blog in this system, and new blog posts are displayed on the Home page of the Members Network. We’re hoping you will use your blog as another way to tell your colleagues about your programs, announce new publications and writings, ask questions of others in the network, etc. People can add comments to your blog posts, so there’s some potential there for ongoing discussion.
  4. Connect to your “Colleagues.” Look over who’s new on the network (on the Home page), who’s subscribed to the different groups, etc., and click on the usernames or photos of those you know or have worked with. Then click “Add to My Colleagues” in the left sidebar. Once people are your colleagues, it’s easier to find them to write them a message or send them an invitation. Use this link to go through the full list of Network members: www.thataway.org/ncddnet/search.php?task=dosearch&search=a&t=1.
  5. Search for others in your state, etc. Go into your profile and take note of the items that are bold and in blue type. These are links that allow you to see who else is in the Members Network from your state, country (if you’re outside of the U.S.), or zip/country code. You can also see who else shares your title, who else is in under your organization, or who else attended the same NCDD conferences you did. (Don’t expect much until we have more people entered into the system, though!)

If you are a group leader/contact, here are some ideas of things that you can do for/with your group:

  1. Post a comment welcoming people to the group and encouraging them to introduce themselves
  2. Initiate discussions on your group’s page by posting new comments
  3. Upload documents for discussion
  4. Change/add your group’s photo (72 dpi, 100×100 pixels is best)
  5. Invite specific individuals in the network to join the group (under “edit group”)
  6. Encourage people to join the group by sending an invitation out to the NCDD main discussion list
  7. Also, if people ask you technical questions about the group (like how to stop getting emails about new posts to the group), please tell them to look on the Help page at www.thataway.org/ncddnet/help.php, and to contact Andy Fluke at [email protected] if they don’t find what they need on that page.

We hope you enjoy the NCDD Members Network as much as we think you will!

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