Learning Community and Discussion Forum
Ruzuku is designed around the importance of community and peer-to-peer support in online courses.
Participants have profiles with their name, a short biography, and a photo. As they participate in the course, a “learning journal” of all their work is automatically created:
The Ruzuku online course platform provides integrated discussion forums for each lesson, as well as optional discussion prompts for specific activities. You can pose questions — and give students a space to reflect and share as they move through the course.
Participants can respond with both text comments, as well as documents, images, or even videos. For example, in an art course, a participant could upload a photo of one of her artworks to share with the community:
The “Notifications” stream makes it easy to see what others are posting and contributing in the course:
In addition, automatic email notifications keep participants engaged. For example, if Alice posts a comment and then Bob replies to her, Alice will receive an email notification.
Finally, Ruzuku can send daily and weekly emails to participants with summaries of the most recent posts and comments in the course. These emails help remind people to return and contribute to the course discussion, making for a more vibrant online discussion and community.
Kajabi includes limited support for discussion. Participants can leave “comments” underneath a specific piece of content, such as a video in the course.
Limitations of this model include:
- inability to share documents, images, or videos in the discussion
- lack of a “recent activity” page or “news feed” to see what’s new in the community
- inability to track and view how active different participants are in the community
In addition, as Forest Linden points out, students are unlikely to stay engaged in a Kajabi-hosted discussion because of the lack of email notifications:
In Kajabi, members aren’t notified of comment replies that you or your team post on individual post pages.
Those pages are where you post the individual lessons that make up your online program, and again, it’s common to turn on the commenting feature for post pages so that people can ask questions about a specific lesson.
People can turn on the email notifications for comment replies in their profile settings, but they are not enabled by default.
This creates situations where your paying members think you’re not responding to their questions, which can make them upset.
You can instruct people to enable the email notification settings in the welcome email they get right after joining your program, but still, some people will miss those instructions and not enable them.