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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 evaluating proposed change ideas. 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
  • Evaluate New Change Ideas Proposed by Members
  • Update 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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Edit the desired fields.

Select Save.

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CURATE ACTIVITIES

Pin Posts

In the activity’s conversation hub: select the three horizontal grey dots 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 Susan Haynes, Carnegie’s help desk coordinator, at haynes@carnegiefoundation.org with the following information:

  • Activity’s NIC
  • Activity name

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.

CURATE GROUPS

Pin Posts

In the group’s Discussion tab: select the three horizontal grey dots 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 Susan Haynes, Carnegie’s help desk coordinator, at haynes@carnegiefoundation.org with the following information:

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

Delete a Group

Contact Susan Haynes, Carnegie’s help desk coordinator, at haynes@carnegiefoundation.org with the following information:

  • Activity’s NIC
  • Group name

EVALUATE NEW CHANGE IDEAS PROPOSED BY MEMBERS

When a site member submits suggestions and justifications for a new Change Idea through the NILS platform, experts for the change idea’s parent Secondary Driver receive an email notification to their NILS email address with the request to add the change idea.

Change Idea contribution email (suggester name, email, suggestion, idea justification):

Hub members convene and determine whether to accept the change idea

When a Change Idea has been accepted, contact Susan Haynes, Carnegie's help desk coordinator, at haynes@carnegiefoundation.org with the following information:

  • Change idea's NIC
  • Change idea information, including goal, details, resource materials, and drivers beneath which the change idea will appear

The Change Idea will be added to the driver diagram shortly.

UPDATE DRIVER DIAGRAM

Contact Susan Haynes, Carnegie's help desk coordinator, at haynes@carnegiefoundation.org with the following information:

  • Driver diagram's NIC
  • Driver diagram updates, including resource people, materials, change ideas, and any content that should be removed
  • Change idea updates, including goal, details, resource materials, drivers beneath which a change idea appears, and any content that should be removed

The Driver Diagram will be updated shortly.

CHANGE NIC PHASE

Contact Susan Haynes, Carnegie’s help desk coordinator, at haynes@carnegiefoundation.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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