How-to Guide

npj Science of Learning Community how-to guide

Scroll down or click one of the links below to find out how you can make the most of the npj Science of Learning Community.


Your profile

Once you've joined the npj Science of Learning Community, please complete your profile. Adding as much information as possible, including a picture and an introductory video, to your profile will help you in connecting with others on the Community. Just follow the steps below or in this video to complete your npj Science of Learning Community profile:

  • Ensure you are signed in to the npj Science of Learning Community
  • Click on the avatar icon at the top right of the page to reveal a drop-down menu and then click "Edit Profile"
  • There are a number of required fields, as denoted by the red asterisks (*). There are also a number of optional fields, such as contact details and social media accounts. We strongly encourage you to add as much information as possible. Remember, profiles with photos and complete biographies get more views!
  • The "Content" dropdown menu allows you to choose a post that you have already published on the Community to be highlighted on your profile page
  • When adding your social media accounts to your profile, ensure you use the full URLs, not just your user name or handle
  • Click the green "Save" button at the bottom of the page

To add a profile photo, or avatar, follow the steps below:

  • Click on the avatar icon at the top right of the page and then click "Account Settings"
  • Click on the "Avatar" menu item (third from the left) to browse and upload a photo
  • Choose a photo that is larger than 400 × 400 pixels and then click the blue "Save changes" button
Managing the account settings for your profile is also very easy. Pascale from Zapnito has produced a fantastic video resource here, outlining all the different settings you can adjust.

Below is an example of a completed profile:


Create and publish posts

It is possible for all members of the npj Science of Learning Community to create posts. If you are one of our Experts or Contributors, you can choose a particular Channel (Latest Findings, Opinion, News, For Researchers, For Students, For Teachers, and Events) where your post will appear. If you are a 'standard' Member, your posts will only appear on your profile page. If you are a Member and wish to become one of our regular Contributors, please contact us. To create a post, follow the steps below:

  • Ensure you are signed in to the npj Science of Learning Community
  • If you have the relevant permissions that allow you to create posts, you will see a notepad icon at the top right of the page (second from the left); click it
  • The "Create New" pop-up will appear, as shown in the image below. To create your post, click the "Post" icon
  • You will be taken to a "New Post" page
  • The fields "Post Title" and "Post Introduction" are required for every post
  • Should you want your post to appear somewhere besides your profile page, select the appropriate Channel from the drop-down menu
  • At this point in time we are not using the Room functionality in this Community, therefore it is fine to leave it as the default "No Room"
  • The "Poster Image" drop-down menu provides you with the option of adding an image that will sit behind the title of your post
  • In the "Content ..." box, write or paste your text, using the WYSIWYG editor tools to format your text.
  • To insert an image within your post, click the "Insert Image" on the WYSIWYG editor bar to browse for images
  • To add hyperlinks, highlight the text you want to act as the link, click the link icon on the WYSIWYG editor bar, and click the 'Link' icon. Check the box labelled "Open in new tab" to ensure the reader is not taken away from your post if they click on the link. Click the blue "Insert" button
  • Once you are happy with how your post looks, click the green 'Publish' button
  • You will be taken directly to your published post. Anyone that follows you will receive an email notification that you have created a new post
  • If you want to edit a published post, click on your avatar at the top right and click "My Posts". You’ll be shown a complete list of all your draft and published posts. Click on the "Edit Post" icon to the right of the page to make any changes

Add images to your posts:
To insert an image within the main content of your post, click the "Insert Image" on the WYSIWYG editor bar to browse for images. A 'Poster Image' can sit behind the title of your post. The size specifications for poster images are 1464 × 976 pixels at 192 dpi. Our preferred source of free, high-quality images Pixabay offers as standard, images that tend to fit our poster image slot perfectly. We tend to download medium (M) resolution images. Here's what Pixabay says about their images:

"Finding free images of high quality is a tedious task - due to copyright issues, attribution requirements, or simply the lack of quality. This inspired us to create Pixabay - a repository for stunning public domain pictures. Your source for royalty free stock photos and copyright free vector graphics. You can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications."

If you'd like to sign up to Pixabay, do 'buy them a coffee' every so often. This means donating via PayPal to keep this very useful site up and running. Also, take a moment to read Pixabay's blog post providing sensible advice on using their pictures.


Ask questions

Using the "Ask our experts" function is easy! Here’s how:

  • Ensure you are signed in to the npj Science of Learning Community
  • Click on the notepad icon at the top right of the page (second from the left)
  • The "Create New" pop-up will appear, as shown in the image below. To ask a question, click the "Ask our experts" icon

  • It is also possible to ask a question by going directly to the Q & A page (under the main MENU bar at the top left) and clicking the green "Ask a question" button
  • Insert your query in the "Question" box. There is a 200 character limit for questions; however, you can expand upon your question using the "Expand your question" box (400 character limit)
  • Click the green "Submit question" button. This triggers a notification to our Experts and Contributors, inviting them to answer your question
  • Your question will appear in the "UNANSWERED QUESTIONS" list until it is answered
  • Once an Expert or Contributor submits an answer to your quesiton, a notification will be sent to you
  • Click on the "View Answer" button in the email or visit the Q & A page to view the full answer to your question
  • If you find an answer to be particularly helpful or insightful, consider upvoting it!

Questions can be answered by more than one Expert or Contributor. Questions and answers are visible to all Community members.


Post videos

Videos are a great way to share your findings and insights with your fellow Community member. You can record using the camera on your computer, or upload pre-recorded videos. We have posted a very handy video guide here, or you can follow the steps below.

Record using your webcam:

  • Ensure you are signed in to the npj Science of Learning Community
  • Click the notepad icon at the top right of the page (second from the left) and then the "Video" icon OR click on your avatar and then "My Videos"
  • Click the green "Record on webcam..." button and complete the required fields, as denoted by the asterisks (*)
  • Click inside the recording window, wait for the countdown to finish, and then commence speaking
  • Click inside the window to stop recording
  • You can then "Review Recording", "Re-record", or "Accept" the video as is and publish it

Upload a pre-recorded video:

  • Ensure you are signed in to the npj Science of Learning Community
  • Click the notepad icon at the top right of the page (second from the left) and then the "Video" icon OR click on your avatar and then "My Videos"
  • Click the green "Upload new video..." button and browse for the appropriate file on your computer
  • Once your video has been uploaded you can alter the title of your post, and complete the other required fields, as shown in the image below
  • If you are one of our Contributors, it is also possible to specify the Channel (Latest Findings, Opinion, News, For Researchers, For Students, For Teachers, and Events) where you would like your video post to appear


Post documents and slide decks

Uploading and posting documents, such as PowerPoint slide decks, allows you to share information that might have been presented at a meeting or conference among the npj Science of Learning Community. These files can then be viewed and downloaded by all Community members. We strongly recommend that our Contributors and Members publish text-only content as a normal post instead of a document. This is because posts are easier to read on multiple different devices, and the text can be easily 'discovered' and 'read' by Google and other search engines. To post a document or slide deck:

  • Save the document you wish to post as a PDF
  • Ensure you are signed in to the npj Science of Learning Community
  • Click the notepad icon at the top right of the page (second from the left) and then the "Document" icon OR click on your avatar and then "My Documents"
  • Click either the "Upload new Document...' OR "Upload new Slidedeck" button
  • Browse your computer for the file you wish to upload
  • The uploaded file should now be listed with all of your other documents
  • Click "Edit" to alter the title and introduction of your document or slide deck
  • If you are one of our Contributors, it is also possible to specify the Channel (Latest Findings, Opinion, News, For Researchers, For Students, For Teachers, and Events) where you would like your document or slide deck to appear
  • Click the blue "Update" button to complete updating your document or slide deck


Follow others

To get the most from the npj Science of Learning Community, we recommend you 'follow' other Members, in particular our expert Contributors.

Why follow?

  • When you follow someone you will receive an email notification publish something new to the npj Science of Learning Community
  • Our Contributors post regularly. While you might visit the Community often, there is the chance you might miss an insightful post if you are not following a particular individual
  • When you follow someone, they receive an email notification letting them know that you have followed them. This can help get you noticed by experts in the field! Another reason why you should have a complete profile with a photo
  • When you follow someone, you will appear under their list of followers on their profile page

Please take some time now to view the expert Contributors posting content in the npj Science of Learning Community and follow those whose posts and videos you don't want to miss.


How do I follow somebody?

  • Ensure you are signed in to the npj Science of Learning Community
  • Click on the name or avatar of any Contributor or Member you wish to follow
  • You will be taken to that person's profile page. Click the grey "Follow" button. The "Follow" button should change colour to green and now say "Following"
  • You will start receiving email notifications each time this member publishes new content
  • Click the green "Following" button to unfollow somebody



Share, upvote and comment on posts

It is possible to promote your own content or share posts from other npj Science of Learning Community Members and Contributors using your linked social media accounts.

How do I share posts?

  • Ensure you are signed in to the npj Science of Learning Community
  • Click on the post you are interested in sharing
  • Click the grey "Share" button at the bottom right of the poster image
  • Choose your preferred social media channel (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google+) for sharing, as shown in the image below

  • A new tab or window will open, allowing you to edit your social media post before sharing with the world


What is upvoting?
All npj Science of Learning Community content can be upvoted by registered Members and Contributors. The vote count is shown below poster images, indicating how many people have upvoted a post. To upvote a post, simply click on the "Upvote" button just below the poster image. Members and Contributors can also vote on answers submitted to questions. A vote count is visible at the top of a submitted answer, near the "Upvote" button.

What does upvoting do?

  • It shows that you like a particular post
  • The creator of the post receives an email notification when someone upvotes their post
  • Posts that are upvoted will start to appear on the Most Voted page

How do I upvote content?

  • Ensure you are signed in to the npj Science of Learning Community
  • Click on the post you are interested in sharing
  • Click the grey "Upvote" button at the bottom left of the poster image
  • The "Upvote" button should turn green

Why comment on posts?
Comments can be left by all registered Members and Contributors for all posts in the npj Science of Learning Community. A comment count is visible below the poster image for all posts. Leaving a comment on a post:

  • Indicates you have read or watched a post
  • Can get you noticed by the post creator
  • Helps content appear on the Most Commented page
  • Can generate a dialogue on an issue of particular importance
  • Is a quick and easy way in which you can engage with others in the npj Science of Learning Community

How do I comment on a post?

  • Ensure you are signed in to the npj Science of Learning Community
  • Click on the post that you would like to leave a comment
  • Click the grey "Comment" button beneath the poster image OR scroll to the bottom of the post to reveal the "Comments" section
  • Insert your comment and click the blue "Post Comment" button
  • Your comment will appear at the bottom of the post, as will your name and avatar


How to use the 'My Analytics' tool

These days more of us than ever are writers and filmmakers. We have numerous outlets available to us for the sharing of our thoughts, opinions and knowledge in both written and video form. And what we all want to know is, ‘how many people have seen my work?’.

One thing you know for sure when you publish on the npj Science of Learning Community site is that your work will be seen by a relevant audience. It is not being broadcast to the wide and unknowable world of social media; it is being seen by a group of people with a shared interest, who have visited or signed up to this community because they want to know about the science of learning.

Furthermore, the My Analytics tool available to all Contributors gives you a quick and easy way to see which of your posts are attracting the most attention and how many people have looked at your profile.

In the early days of our community, you should not expect to see huge volumes of viewers for every post you create, of course. But what you do know if that each of those viewers will have had a genuine interest in the subject-matter.

To access this tool, click the drop-down menu next to your avatar on the top navigation bar on the community site and select My Analytics.


Views per post
You will see two charts; the first shows all your posts, with the number of views per post. If you hover over the point at the peak of a post you can see its name in full and the number of views. You can see from the screenshot below that 'Photo Competition' is my most popular post to date on this community, with 43 views.


If you want to see only how certain posts have performed, simply click on the posts in the list to the right of the chart that you don’t wish to see on the chart. Their titles will turn grey and their data will disappear from the chart.


Use this data to see which of your posts are attracting the most attention, and try creating more of the same!

Profile views
This chart simply tells you how many profile views you have had over time. Use this data in conjunction with the data on posts to determine which posts are driving people to view your profile and learn more about your expertise.


Don’t forget, profiles with photos and biographies get more views!