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Hub Member Guide

NILS enables NIC hub members to perform a variety of high-level functions within the platform, from authoring activities, to creating announcements, events, and groups, to authoring a driver diagram. Network hub capacities include the following:

  • Issue Network Invitations
  • Create Announcements
  • Create Calendar Events
  • Author and Edit Activities
  • Curate Activities
  • Create and Edit Groups
  • Curate Groups
  • Author and Edit Driver Diagram
  • Change NIC Phase

Note: Not all NILS capabilities are compatible with Internet Explorer. Use Chrome, Safari, or Firefox browsers when working with NILS for best results.

ISSUE NETWORK INVITATIONS

Invite Members to a NIC from the Directory

Select + Add a New Member from the Member tab in the Directory.

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Add the member/members’ email address(es) to the Add new member popup and select Add new member(s).

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Invited members will receive an email invitation to join the NIC.

Invite Members to a NIC from a Structural Group

Select the desired group from the Structural Group tab in the Directory.

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Under the Members listing in the group’s About tab, select + Add to NIC.

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Add the member/members’ email address(es) to the Add new member popup and select Add new member(s).

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Invited members will receive an email invitation to join the NIC, and will be automatically added to the Structural Group from which they were invited.

CREATE ANNOUNCEMENTS

To create a NIC-wide announcement, select + Add an announcement on the homepage.

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Add your desired announcement and select Submit.

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When prompted, Select Yes, I’m ready to post if you are satisfied with your announcement. Select No, I want to change if you want to edit your announcement.

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Your announcement will appear on the network’s homepage. Notifications about your announcement will also be sent in-site and via email to members of the network.

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To delete an announcement, select the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the announcement banner. Select whether you want to Delete this announcement or Delete & create a new announcement.

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Deleting the announcement will remove it from the homepage.

CREATE CALENDAR EVENTS

To create a community event, recurring meeting, etc., for NIC members, select Add an event on the homepage calendar.

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Add your Event Title, Event Description, Start/End date and time, and Venue Details. Select Submit Event.

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AUTHOR AND EDIT ACTIVITIES

Author an Activity

In the NIC site, select Activity Center > Add an Activity.

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Enter the activity Title, Phase, Category, Sub Category, and Activity Status.

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Enter the activity Goal, Description, and any relevant Artifacts.

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Select which Conversation Hub tabs to show for this activity by checking the tab, and edit the tab names as desired.

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Select Save.

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Edit an Activity

Select the activity from Activity Center > Edit Activity.

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Add User Assignees to the activity by selecting + Add Users and typing the desired user’s name into the search box. Select Save.

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Select Save for the activity as a whole.

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CURATE ACTIVITIES

Pin Posts

In the activity’s conversation hub: select the three-dot icon beside the post or micro-post to be pinned.

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Select Pin this post.

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Enter the rationale for why you want to pin this post.

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Select Yes, pin this post.

Author Reflections

In the activity’s conversation hub, select Reflections.

Add a reflection via post or micro-post under Add Your Reflections.

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Select Submit.

Delete Activities

Contact the Help Desk at support@carnegienetworks.org with the following information:

  • Activity’s NIC
  • Activity name
  • Rationale for deletion

The Activity will be removed from the NIC shortly.

CREATE AND EDIT GROUPS

Create a Group

In the NIC site, select Directory > + Add a New Group from either group tab.

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Enter the group Group Name, Group Description, and select Create Group and Continue.

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Under Group Relation, select whether the group is a Structural Group or an Affinity Group, and select who can add members to the group under Group Invitations. Select Next Step.

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Select your File to add a cover photo, and select Finish.

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Edit a Group

In the NIC site, select Directory > select the desired group from the Structural or Affinity Group tabs.

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Select Edit for the chosen field in the About tab: Title, About, Resources, or + Add to group for existing NIC members.

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Edit as desired and Save.

Edit Groups Nomenclature

Contact the Help Desk at support@carnegienetworks.org with the following information:

  • Group name to replace "Structural Group" and/or
  • Group name to replace "Affinity Group"

CURATE GROUPS

Pin Posts

In the group’s Discussion tab: select the three-dot icon beside the post or micro-post to be pinned.

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Select Pin this post.

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Promote or Dismiss a Group Member to/from a Group Lead or Content Expert position, or Remove a Member from a Group

Contact the Help Desk at support@carnegienetworks.org with the following information:

  • Group name
  • Member to be promoted/dismissed/removed, and from which role

Delete a Group

Contact the Help Desk at support@carnegienetworks.org with the following information:

  • Activity’s NIC
  • Group name
  • Rationale for deletion

AUTHOR AND EDIT DRIVER DIAGRAM 

Author a Driver Diagram

In the NIC site, select Create a driver diagram from the grey menu bar.

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Click into the driver diagram authoring page to add an Aim and Save.

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Select the purple + icon to add Primary Drivers, Secondary Drivers, and Change Ideas to the driver diagram.

For each driver, add a Title, Description, Measures, Resource Materials, Links, Resource People, and a relevant Affinity Group. Select Save for each driver at the bottom of the editing panel.

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For each change idea, add a Title, Goal, Details, Resource Materials, Learning Questions, and Links. Resource people and affinity groups will automatically populate from the change idea’s parent driver. Select Save for each change idea at the bottom of the editing panel.

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Select Save to save the driver diagram as a draft, or select Save and Publish to publish the driver diagram.

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Edit a Driver Diagram

Select the element of the driver diagram that you want to edit.

Edit the aim or the driver/change idea’s content and select Save at the bottom of the editing panel to save your edits, or Cancel to cancel your edits.

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To remove an element from the driver diagram, select the driver or change idea that you want to remove. Select Remove at the bottom of the editing panel and approve the prompt asking whether you are sure that you want to remove the selected element.

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Removing an element will also remove its child elements (e.g., removing a primary driver will also remove any attached secondary drivers and change ideas).

Note: You will not be able to remove an element to which PDSAs have been attached (i.e., if a PDSA cycle has been run on a change idea, that change idea and its parent drivers cannot be removed from the driver diagram). If you need to remove an element with attached PDSAs, contact the Help Desk at support@carnegienetworks.org with the following information:

  • NIC name
  • Driver diagram element to be removed
  • Rationale for removing an element with attached PDSAs (e.g., they were test PDSAs)

Select Save and Publish to save your edits.

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Create a New Version of a Driver Diagram

Select the gear icon on the driver diagram page.

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Select Create a new version to make large-scale changes to your NIC’s driver diagram.

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Notify the Help Desk at support@carnegienetworks.org that a new version of the driver diagram has been created for your NIC. An image of the previous diagram will be added to the Driver Diagram Version History page, accessible through the diagram’s gear icon.

Edit the driver diagram as desired and Save and Publish.

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CHANGE NIC PHASE

Contact the Help Desk at support@carnegienetworks.org with the following information:

  1. NIC name
  2. Previous NIC phase (Chartering, Improvement Testing)
  3. Phase to which to change the NIC (Improvement Testing, Spread)

The NIC phase will be updated shortly.

Note: Depending on your NIC’s NILS instance and phase, some items may appear differently in the menu bar.

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