I think a mobile app would be super nice mainly for the community portion and communication. I'd love to be able to check my messages and posts on the go to see if I can answer quick questions without having to log in on my computer. Anyone else?
How does Skool manage duplicate content? Or when a member posts a question that has been previously posted? Can the admin merge with the existing post? Does the tool suggest the user that this topic has been published before? @Sam Ovens
Are you thinking they would have a separate tab that is similar to community but for a sub group? Or a new option in the filter to select posts from their group? Or a group message functionality in the direct message viewer? I’ve got a small community and they are extremely engaged and loving the playtform. As I scale this up to dozens and hundreds of members, however, this current setup is going to become a real firehose. As I think on this I’m wondering if it’d be nice if there’d be an option to have the main community feed automatically group the discussions by category. This way large communities could switch to this default defaulting users to jump into a few desired categories at a time rather than just getting inundated with hundreds of new posts in random fashion or expecting every user to use filter views every time?
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe taking this opportunity to jump on this thread and add that I’m extremely impressed with how you and your teams are supporting this community and prioritizing resources Excellent model to follow. Surprised how many solutions you are all addressing so quickly. Very curious where you all take this platform.
Now you can monitor the health of your group with three simple metrics: 1. Total members: How many members are in your group over time 2. Active members: How many members visit your group on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis 3. Daily activity: How active your group is daily over a 365 day period I think we all agree, the most important metric is active members. It's a measure of engagement. Check out your own group metrics and let me know what you think in the comments?
About a week in to using Skool as a platform and my students are absolutely loving it. Our community is very active, which is obviously the goal, but students now are asking for ways to favorite posts so they have a quick way to jump back to some of the olds posts. It's not just that they want to "watch" for new posts in the topic, but that they want to be able to quickly jump back to it to review. For now we have them keeping notes on the titles and then they can search for them. Which brings us to their next request. Students are curious if they could have some method of taking notes built into the site, again making it simpler for them to have all the necessary information for the class all in one place.
@Paul Kliks education, it’s a course around how to start and grow a business in the music industry. So I have a lot of students who are going in very different directions, so it’ll be helpful for them to favorite the posts related to their journey.
Is the possibility of scheduling posts on the roadmap? We have several posts that need to go out at certain times... reminders for calls, weekly recaps etc. My VA is in the Philipines and is not typically working those hours which means I am left to do a $10 task ... and I often forget to do it. If I could vote for this I'd like to.
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe Is there anyway that the admins could see the weekly recap email? From how I'm reading the description, it gets sent out to those who are not actively using the site, but as admins we should always be pretty active. Would just be nice to have awareness of what is getting sent out.
When I first was learning about Skool I must have misinterpreted one of intro videos about how Gems work. I was under the impression that when you tapped on a user’s profile you could then tap on the gem icon in the corner and pull up a view of those specific comments. I’m not sure if this implementation would be feasible with your view controllers, but this seems like a terrific way to help surface old valuable comments when new users join a group.
@Saqib Rasool yeah, you’re obviously correct. I’m not sure what happened as type the @ wasn’t working on my Mac as it is now from my phone. If I ever reproduce the issue I’ll let you know if I’m seeing a pattern. Otherwise, my bad and thanks for you’re wonderful support as always!
Finally got a chance to setup my own classroom. Very fun and intuitive process, you guys have done an excellent job with this service. The only part of the workflow that was a bit confusing was initially interacting with the UI for adding courses, but it was mostly just me initially processing and then some confusion over the need to publish the course. I think I also expect the page to auto reload after updating settings and it always surprises me I need to refresh. It does surprise me that there doesn't appear to be a way to directly add categories to the community chat without choosing settings and then categories. Seems like it'd be nice to keep consistency with the gear option which takes you directly to the category section. Additionally, for such a powerful feature, I feel like it will be easy for users to gloss over the filter option at the top there the way it is greyed out as a default indicating it is not in use. Obviously I completely understand the paradigm, but I feel like a not insignificant portion of users will need to be taught to interact with the feature. For my workflow it would be really cool if there was a way for documents like pdfs to be embedded into site as a little reader, much like the videos. While I know that'll be awhile before you look into adding design flair, it will be very cool to be able to add more custom branding to our classroom pages. The simple and clean layout of the site makes it very appealing to customize. Overall, thank you so much, this is a wonderful tool and service!
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe Yeah, so actually I'm just a really big fan of learning via text. As a teacher, I offer all of my course content as both a video and as a longform document. I realize that most people simply offer transcripts of their video, as is built into your program. Personally, I feel like transcripts of people talking leave much to be desired and don't really meet the need of long form text training. What I've built for myself is a simple pdf\ebook reader on my website which I use the link function on skool to offer. It just would be amazing if that same functionality was just built in here, one less opportunity for attention drops.
On this past office hours call several participants discussed a desire to have the ability to only show some content (either courses or calendar events) to specific users. There seemed to be a concern that this would impact sorting views and other backend realities of the structure of the database. Would it be possible to add an option to require a password to access specific content? This seems like it could solve some of the issues while still providing this much desired functionality. For my particular use case, I have a long course of content which builds on itself. In many situations, it really is necessary for students to have functionally completed the action items of one course before moving on to the remaining material. However, any teacher knows that many students will watch content dutifully and say they have completed the work without ever actually processing the material. Each of my classes comes with a rubric which the student fills out to validate they are processing each of the components of the topic. Additionally, they will then be required to fill out another form where they go through the process outlined in the class with their own material. They send this information to my instructors and we validate it. In theory, if we could provide them a password at that point that would allow them to unlock the next course, this would allow us to really hold students accountable and validate their understanding rather than their video completion rate. Thanks again for all your hard work, I'm just so pleased to be working with this platform.
I mentioned this during the last open office hours call, but as I've continued to research alternate options the more clear this is a huge opportunity for this platform. There really should be an option for admins/teachers to have notes for each student/member which can be referenced by all the admins/teachers. Polling most teachers and online course instructors its clear they are mostly using google docs to fill this need. From what I've found available, building a custom workflow in Notion seems to offer the best options, if you know of alternate options please feel free to share! Still, this seems like an extremely low hanging fruit for Skool to be a must have for instructors and educators. Bringing these notes into this service will dramatically improve its functionality for the limited effort of effectively just building an alternate message board interface. Functionally all I really am looking for is the ability to add searchable timestamped notes to a log file for each student, accessible by admins by clicking on the students profile and from an overview of the roster. Potentially allowing the attachment of files would be a terrific upgrade to this feature as well. Thank you so much for building this service! I look forward to migrating my community to this platform in the coming weeks, can't wait to see what growth this allows!
@Nick Guadagnoli Excellent, so glad to hear it! My use case for this would evolve based on how feature rich the implementation. In its most basic form, posting time stamped messages to a feed, it would allow teachers to keep notes each time they connected with a student. This would allow a variety of teachers to pick up right where the last left off. Think of the system necessary for any medical or repair operation. You need to keep a log of who did what when for which reasons so the client doesn't constantly need to start each interaction from square one. This information is preferably not client facing, but being able to easily share any of the communications to email would be ideal. If we drill down to my specific use case, I run a series of education courses connected to a consulting firm with a variety of consultants. I need a centralized database of each student's progress on their individualized action items developed during the calls. Ideally, I would like to have a profile which kept track of their current action items and obstacles (maybe even just a pinned message?) as well as the notes from each of the group calls they've participated in as well as any other interactions they have with the consultants. I'm assuming this could be connected to the student's profile they've already created so there would be no need to duplicate all the bio\account information which is already accessible.