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Hey Skoolies - I sell a low ticket course that pushes people to high ticket coaching. Are you able to give students access to the Classroom but restrict them from the community? I want to charge $37 for my low ticket course but charge $49/month to be a part of the community. So when someone joins my membership, I want to just be able to give them access to the community tab. Is this possible or do I have to create two Skools? One for the paid community and one for the low ticket course buyers. Please let me know if the question needs more clarity. Thanks!
At the moment, you can only give tiered access to courses in the Classroom. The "Community" is a must for everyone. That said, I'd LOVE to see more tiered access across the board (for everything). :)
@Luke Voigt - It would be great if Skool was more flexible in this regard. For example, you have a starter Course in the Classroom that some people get access to, and then they have to pay to upgrade to get Community access, as well as access to other Courses, etc.
Are there any plans to make "Filters" (Categories) more obvious? This is one of the *few* things that I like better in Circle.so compared with Skool.
Here's the recording from yesterday's call. We covered new features, the Skool merch store, some big things on our roadmap, and Q&A to finish it off. The call was pumping! Here's a summary: New features: - Members tab + filters - Bulk actions: Give/remove access, remove members, export CSV. - Auto DM new members - Filter chats by unread Our roadmap: - Native payments (charge subscriptions or 1-time for courses) - Native mobile apps (iOS and Android) - Native video (host videos in Skool) - Improving the features we have Thanks everybody for attending. It's a pleasure building this platform for you ❤️. Back to work!
@Sam Ovens - Love this approach. The base entry level has a decent amount of usage allotted (which would suit people that have a reasonably sized community and some courses (you could determine what "reasonable" is based on the stats you have so far)), then it scales up based on actual usage/costs to Skool itself. 🎯
We just shipped some new gamification features to make things more fun! • Custom level names: Personalize your group by naming your levels. • Unlock courses at levels: Unlock a course or something of value when members hit a high level. • Leaderboard redesign: Now you can see your progress and what you can unlock as you level up. Watch the Loom video below for more info on how it works and how to set it up for yourself. This is an experimental feature we're playing with, so we want to hear your feedback! Try it out for yourself and let us know what you think?
This is really nice! Bravo! 🎉 A few things... Is there an option for Admins to manually override the Level? The use-cases are many... but one could be if you bring an expert into the Community and don't want them to come across as a "Noob" (Level 1), which could negatively impact people appreciating what they're saying ("Oh, he's new here and doesn't know anything or doesn't add value."). So in that case, you'd like to manually advance them so that it's more in line with their true value to the Community (especially if they're a guest expert). Also, can you unlock courses for individual people even if they're at a lower Level? This could also be important in some scenarios. Keep innovating! 🙌
@Nick Guadagnoli - Hey my man! Can you share some insights on my comment above here? Where do things stand today? Thanks! 🙌
It would be great to have scheduled posts as there are some posts I'm doing weekly and would like to set up in advance!
Scheduled posts is a must! And then a dashboard to see all of the upcoming posts that you've scheduled.
Is Skool on an IOS store/ Play Store? If not, when will it be?
@Sergio Rijssen Apparently, the Skool team knows about it and they know the creator. They also said it will most likely be taken down when Skool comes out with their official mobile app (for iOS and Android).
Classroom is a lightweight content portal for online courses. Create modules, embed videos, add resources, transcripts, and track student progress. Classroom integrates with your Skool community, so your students will have 1-login, 1-profile, and 1-search — for everything. Totally free. Watch the video below to see how it works. Enjoy!
@Mike Gowans - Yeah, this annoys me too. Haha…
@Nick Guadagnoli - I find the extra step a bit frustrating. Is there a reason for it?
I say keep exploring Skool, I keep joining new groups, I wish there is a feature where you can organize the level of priority programs, so the one with the most priority can be on the top. Is this something I can do?
Can i use my own domain like in Teachable ... its my subdomain.domain.com. It helps creating a strong brand recall amongst the students as well as on internet, google etc.
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe - I think personal branding of the platform is very important. Circle does this well. They allow you to choose to do it, or not, AND they also allow you to show other Groups in the dropdown or not. (You can be opted out). Kajabi also has this feature as well (whereby they allow for your site to not be shown in the Kajabi app so that your students aren’t distracted by other courses, etc.).
Is there a feature out yet? I read it was in the roadmap probably. In today´s age of technology dependent work, I think its extremely essential to have an edit / delete message option.
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe - I'm assuming she means Posts and not Comments? I see you can edit comments, but there's no comment history (which can lead to people liking a comment that later changes radically).
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe - Ohhhhhh... Totally different ballgame. Wasn't clear from the post. I get it now. Yeah, once something is sent as a private message, it's sent. It's very different from posting publicly. That said, I really think you should add post and comment history when someone edits, like both Facebook and Twitter do. If someone "Likes" something, and then it gets changed, that's not cool.
Here's the recording from yesterday's call. We covered: • Now you can invite people with course access privileges via email, CSV, and Zapier • Zapier can be used to invite members to your group + unlock courses for members in the group • Course access panel is much easier to see/use now • @Andrew Kirby's new mini-course "Free Group Funnels" is live • We launched a new podcast where we hang out with creators in this space Check out the recording to see how you can use these features and resources. Enjoy! Want to attend the next Office Hours live with us? See when it's happening on our calendar here
@Nick Guadagnoli - Any thoughts on my question above here? Here's the relevant part: "When someone has access to Course A, but not Course B, and then that person does a #mention to bring up the course lesson picker, I’m assuming that only the courses they have access to will show up in the picker, correct?" Thanks! 🙌
Also, as a followup on that, do people who don't have access to a given course see comments in the feed that are left under lessons from that course? Thanks! 🙌
Hey team! Are Course Collections / Categories on the roadmap (as a feature in the Classroom)? Having 6+ courses all listed on one screen is a bit unwieldily and overwhelming (especially when you have a lot more than 6). It would be great to have Course Collections as a feature in the Classroom so that you could "tuck away" sub-courses under one Category, like a Dashboard (which you could then click into to focus on that sub-set of courses).
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe Okay… But how many of those doing that are concerned about and have looked into the actual usability issues, the overall user experience, and have considered the instructional design implications and have studied the effects of this kind of presentation? We want to make sure that student success is at the forefront of our minds and that we avoid student overwhelm and confusion. And having 10 courses shown on a flat structure, with no ability to categorize or guide students through the process just doesn’t sit well with us. For now, what we plan to do is design graphics and label things in a way to at least visually group things, and then really do our best to guide students to what they need to access and in what order. Can you at least order the courses in a fixed order, regardless of when the course was created or set up? We will have courses that are ready now, but future courses will need to be presented in the list before them or after them (later on), so we need the ability to force order on the presentation.
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe - Thanks for letting me know! We'll be signing up for the free trial very soon. For this project and business we've been going back and forth between Skool, Mighty Networks, and Circle. Hopefully you'll consider having Classroom sections/categories. :)
Would love to white-label Skool
@Harman Singh - Circle.so has switching and the ability to have a custom domain, and the domains switch. You can opt into being a part of the network or opt out. They allow you to choose. Works great.
Does anyone here utilize the classroom feature for housing your Online Courses? If so, do your prefer Vimeo or bunny.net? Looking for something that will still keep our course content private as we do not want it to be easily searchable and found out in the world.
In my experience (and that of others I've spoken to about it), Bunny.net appears to be more reliable than Vimeo. And it's quite affordable too. You're only charged for usage.
Is Loom a good option to host training videos? I like Loom for screen recording and pay for it any way so would be good if I use it to host my content rather than paying extra for Vimeo Wistia. However Im obviously just looking for the best option. Anyone have any insight? Cheers
Another great option is Bunny.net (instead of Vimeo or Wistia, which are both way too overpriced, especially Wistia).
What's the best video hosting site? Wistia? Vimeo? Loom?
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe - Does Skool support Bunny.net's Chapters and Moments feature? Or will it?
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe - Yeah, that would be better as it gives you a visual TOC (table of contents) right there below the video. So awesome that that works with Bunny.net! Had no idea. It's much more elegant and easy to work with than Vimeo/Wistia, and massively more affordable. Thanks! 🙌
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@Marco Ferrari 1.) Skool doesn’t provide video hosting. You have to use Vimeo, Wistia, YouTube, or Loom. 2.) You can use Zapier and the Skool webhook to grant access.
@Sam Ovens - Are custom domains on the roadmap (planned for the future)?
Hey there! Are there plans to offer an annual option for Skool at $990/yr (2 months free)? Thanks! 🙌
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe - Yeah, saw that. Wasn't ready for it at the time, but appreciated the offer. I think monthly/annual options would be great. You have another vote! 🙌
Hey team! We just added some new gamification features. The idea is to surface and reward the people who add the most value by helping others. Here's how it works: • Points — whenever somebody likes your post/comment, you get 1-point. • Levels — your level will show as a blue dot with a number in it on your avatar and profile. As you get more points, you start to level up. • Leaderboards — the members who gained the most points in the last 7-days, 30-days, and all-time will show on the leaderboards tab here. • Gems — group admins can award "gems" to posts/comments that are of exceptional quality. Awarding a gem makes the post/comment stand out so others are more likely to see it and users can use the "Gems" filter to find admin curated highlights from the community. • Prizes — with these new features you can offer prizes to members that appear in the top 10 to reward top contributors and incentivize the right behavior. This isn't a "feature", but something we've noticed works well in other communities. We recommend offering prizes in your community! Let the games begin!
Are the Gamification features all optional (when you run a Community)? Can you pick and choose between them as an Admin? Can you leave out the Leaderboard feature, for example?
@Sam Ovens - Thank you for the reply. Would love if they were optional and/or customizable. Might not make sense for all communities and situations.
Hi team! We just deployed several new features! 🔥 (see screenshots attached for directions) 1. Action Items - We've provided a specific place to list action items within your course modules. This should help your students learn by taking actions specific to your course materials! 2. Video timestamps - Now you can add timestamp links to your classroom module descriptions, which will jump to a desired place in your video. This works with YouTube, Vimeo, and Wistia, and is ideal for navigating longer videos. 3. Emojis - We've added an emoji picker for posts, comments, and replies on desktop. Just a simple way to make communicating more fun! Thanks again for all the feedback and suggestions in this skool. We're always glad to hear from you! Cheers, Nick G
@Nick Guadagnoli - Yeah, for course content, the most popular 3 are definitely going to be YouTube, Vimeo, and Wistia, and you got those covered. 🙌 Nice to complete the feature set with Loom though, at some point.
@Khalil Muhammad - www.Loom.com
Hi Sam and Team, I'd love to see Loom integration, in addition to YouTube and Vimeo. In my current FB community, both myself as admin and my students use loom daily. Although this may be niche specific, as my students do public speaking exercises as part of their curriculum. Thanks again to yourself and your amazing team for all your hard work and dedication! ~ Jennifer
@Sam Ovens - Agreed! Glad to see this suggestion has been accepted. Love Loom! :)
I think this would be a cool feature!
YES. Would love this! Has to be well-researched though. Some dark modes are harsh on the eyes and horrible. I know the team will look at it carefully and craft an elegant design.
Ha... I just noticed that you can highlight text and simply paste the URL from your clipboard and it will link the highlighted text in one go. No need to click on the link icon to create a link. This is much faster. Nice touch! 🙌
For high volume groups one of the main features we've used in Facebook groups is the ability for all posts having to be approved by an admin or moderator. Possibly a useful feature to add to control the inflow of posts in groups?
Post Moderation is used by quite a number of Facebook Groups that I'm in. I personally don't like it when I want to post something and need quick help (human nature, haha), but I appreciate that it's there because it keeps the group completely spam-free and all the posts that we end up seeing are relevant and on topic (because they've been moderated beforehand).
Is it currently possible to restrict access to courses only to specific members or groups of members? Or would that require having a second skool?
I also posted about this here: https://www.skool.com/community/multiple-courses-and-access-levels
I checked out your Skool 101 video and like the clickable timestamp feature in the description. It's similar to the youtube chapter markers - very efficient. What are the steps for creating that inside my skool classroom? @Sam Ovens @Sid Sahasrabuddhe
@Gamal Codner - Should work with YouTube, Vimeo, and Wistia.
@Gamal Codner - Also see this post here: https://www.skool.com/community/new-skool-features-action-items-video-timestamps-and-emojis
Would anyone else like to have every required tool to run a course business inside of skool like: I think skool should have these. Let me know what you think.
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Personally, I want Skool to be good at Skooling. We can use Webflow, Kajabi, ClickFunnels, or WordPress for pages and funnels; ConvertKit or ActiveCampaign for email automations and sequences; and ThriveCart (or even Stripe itself) for billing, etc. (Note: We use Kajabi for ALL of the above, I was just sharing a few options). What I would like to see though are enhancements and more features added to what they've already developed, like tiered Classroom/Community access, a custom domain URL, and a very robust, well-thought-out, and feature-rich Zapier app (which would connect all the tools we need to do the other things we want to do). All the tools out there that are trying to be "all the things" do so very poorly. It works for some, no doubt (I personally LOVE Kajabi!), but they can't be everything to everyone. In fact, one of the biggest complaints in the Kajabi Facebook Group is about Kajabi's "Community" product. It's very bad and hasn't been updated in years. That's exactly what would happen to Skool if they tried to build out all the things in this poll.
@Ryan Alexander - At the moment we use Kajabi + Circle + Zoom + Zapier for everything we need. We're evaluating and considering Skool for our flagship/core program (which includes a Community). What's holding us back is that we really need to have tiered Community/Course access in the same Skool Group. For example, we want to be able to give access to Course 1 + Community, or Course 2 + Community, or only Course 1 (No Community), or all Courses + Community, or anything in between. Right now, it's all or nothing, which is very limiting. So for now, we plan to use Skool for ONE program, and leave all the other courses that don't require a Community in Kajabi. So yeah, we're looking forward to innovations on the existing Skool product, not for it to try to become some Frankenstein's Monster all-in-one.
To show you how it works, I thought it was fitting to make a video. Check it out below and let me know what you think?
Do Loom video links work as well?
@Sam Ovens - Having Loom would definitely solve the “record and post” problem that some have identified. YouTube and Vimeo require additional steps. Hope you can consider it. 🙌🏻
hi, i want people to have automatic skool access after credit card payment for a mid-tier course. no sale calls, all fully automated, landing page -> buy program -> immediate skool access (no involvement from my side). is that possible?
@Christoph Agten - Yes. Thinkific has a Zapier app and also the ability to use Webhooks
Could you please add an email search feature? Email is the only unique identifier for a member and can be used to match Skool members with payments from my payment processor. I really like the Skool platform ( I have two memberships for my communities) however email search feature is standard on all other membership platforms and it is really helpful.
I'm not a group Admin (yet), but this is definitely a must if it doesn't already exist. 👍
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