Welcome to the MyWGU community tour! Use this tour to get a step-by-step view of some of the things you can do in your communities.
When you first log into your communities, the home page offers links to places where you can dive in. By default the changed items are listed with the most recent first. Use the document type icons, titles, and change age (“3 hours ago”) to decide if there’s anything of interest for you here at the top level.
The content type icons are your first clues as to the kinds of content you’ll find and create. You will learn more about the types later in this tour. From the home page you can also get a feel for how you can find content. For example, through the sections on the home page you can browse by community, browse by content types or browse by tags (more about tags later, too).
Also, notice that menu bar near the top of the page. It is available on all the other pages, too. Use it to:
After you have gotten to know what is inside pretty well, use the Your View link at the top of the ‘What’s New’ box to choose which content you want to appear here.
There are two types of communities that will be available for you. Your “Learning Communities” are aligned to domains and/or sub-domains in which you will have to demonstrate competence which are, in turn, aligned to assessments within your Academic Action Plan (AAP). You will only see those learning communities that are aligned to assessments that are available in your current term in the AAP and any additional communities into which your mentor manually enrolls you. You will also see the Program Community that is aligned to your program of study.
Your WGU communities will appear on the left side of your MyWGU Communities page. You access the communities by clicking on the name of the community.
Your communities will have two tabs. The Overview tab gives you a view of the community announcements, popular discussions, recent discussions, and quick access to the community mentor and other links.
In order to communicate using instant messaging and chat you will have to download MyWGU Messenger.
You can communicate with your mentor during office hours or whenever she or he is present in the community.
The “contact a mentor” icon will appear like this if the mentor is available for an instant messaging session. Click on the icon and you will be prompted to complete a short form that will place you in queue to speak with your mentor. It is important that you include your full name and use your my.wgu.edu email address. This information will allow the mentor to file notes about your conversation in your Academic Action Plan.
If the community mentor is not available, the icon will appear like this and you can click on the icon to send an email message to the community mentor.
The quick links provide access to:
Replying to a Discussion Thread
You can view all of the threaded discussions contained in your community by clicking on the “All Content” tab.
The All Content tab contains the announcements and threaded discussions. As a student, you do not have the ability to start a new discussion but you can reply to threads that have been posted by the community mentor. Replying to a threaded discussion is simple.
Step 1: Choose the subject to which you are going to reply.
Step 2: When you click on the subject, a new window will open.
Click on the reply button and a new window will open.
Step 3: Enter your reply in the text box and click on the ‘post message’ button.
Welcome to the WGU Communities! The focus of the WGU communities is to encourage the development of competence, academic progress, and relationships with peers and mentors as students engage in small group collaborative learning. Mentors who are facilitating these communities will provide academic help by directing the student to learning resources and encouraging collaborative work through the use of, discussion threads scheduled chats, instant messaging, and office hours. Please note that if the student requires a referral for one-on-one tutoring, the interpretation of assessment results, or additional guidance interpreting assessment directions, the student should connect with the Mentor for additional support.
Students’ replies to discussion threads that violate any of these community rules will result in the student being contacted by the community mentor via email or phone to discuss any issues .The post will then be removed from the community, and the student will be given a warning. Subsequent violations of these rules will lead to restricted participation in the community through view-only access. Continual harassment of community members will result in suspension from WGU.