FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME: To aid fellowship and discipleship in this unique time, we are offering all group studies free of charge through at least June 30, 2020.
In this article
- How to get started
- Where to find your group course
- Inviting your group members
- What if I don't buy enough seats up front?
- I received an email invitation to join a group class. How do I join?
- Customize a group study schedule
- Add a group discussion question
- Track your group's progress
How to Get Started
- To create a group class, look for the “Take with Your Own Group” option under any Ligonier Connect course and select the “Create Group” button.
- You’ll be asked first to sign-in or create an account.
- Next, type in a group name that your members will recognize (they’ll see this group name in addition to the course name when they register). The group name is required.
- Finally, pre-purchase seats in the group study for any non-subscribers (including yourself if you are not a subscriber).
Free group access for subscribers
If you’re already a Ligonier Connect subscriber, you can create a group at no additional charge. Any other Ligonier Connect subscribers may also join your group at no cost.
Group access for non-subscribers (FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME—see above)
If you’re not a Ligonier Connect subscriber or would like to invite someone who isn't a subscriber, you can "pre-purchase" access for 5 or more people. To pre-purchase access, drag the slider to indicate the number of non-subscribing members you’d like to include. You’ll see your total purchase price displayed to the right. Once you’re ready to activate your group, hit the “Create Group” button.
Here are those steps again (video loops):
Where to Find Your Group Course
Once you create a group, you’ll see a Teach tab as well as a Learn tab on your Home screen. Your Teach tab includes any courses that you’ve created to take with a group. As the group creator, you will have moderator access, which means you can view progress for all group members and moderate the discussions. You can also take the course as a learner by switching to "Learn" mode inside the course. You'll find the "Learn/Teach" toggle button on the left side of the course Path.
📈Note: your progress is only tracked when you use Learn mode.
Inviting Your Group Members
Switch to "Teach" mode to send invitations. Tap on the “Invite” button at the top just below the word “Path.” From the Invite screen, enter your members' email addresses. Optionally add a message, and then send the invites.
Or, click "Get shareable link" and copy the invitation link to your clipboard. Paste the link into an email or any other type of message and send it to the people you wish to invite.
When the person you invited clicks on the link, they’ll be prompted to login or create an account, and after signing in, they will be enrolled.
You can also use the "Invite staff" button to invite additional moderators. This means they will have the same access as you, the group creator, to monitor other members' progress and moderate the discussions.
Can I make someone a moderator after they have joined the group?
While in "Teach" mode, click "Settings" at the top of the course path and then select "View learners." This will take you to a screen where you can see everyone who has joined your class.
Next to the learner whose role you’d like to change, select the three dots, and then select "Configure registration." From there, you can change the learner's role.
What If I Don't Buy Enough Seats Up Front?
If you need to invite additional non-subscribers and you did not pre-purchase enough seats up front, there are two things you can do.
- Send the invitation anyway. The person you invited will be prompted to pay the per-seat price for their own seat in the group.
- Contact support and ask to have the extra seats charged to your account (we can only charge your account if you are a current subscriber).
I Received an Email Invitation to Join a Group Class. How Do I Join?
Select the link in the email or message that was sent to you. If you are new to Ligonier Connect, you will need to set up an account with your email address, name, and password. If you already have an account, just sign in. You’ll be enrolled in the class and the person who invited you will be able to see you there. You can find and resume any course by visiting your Home screen and looking under the Path tab on the Menu bar in the top left-hand corner of the screen.
Customize a Group Study Schedule
Learners are more likely to not only start but also complete an entire course when they have start and due dates assigned to the course and to the course content. These start and due dates help provide accountability.
Start dates are helpful if you want a course to start on a set date, release content a week at a time, or not allow access to a lesson before a certain date.
If you set a due date on a step, your group will receive a reminder about that project three hours before it is due and another reminder if they are late. Accountability is often the key to completion.
Watch how to add start or due dates to a lesson or learning step:
Add a Group Discussion Question
Interaction is a vital component of an online course. Discussions keep learners engaged and help you assess their understanding of the topic at hand. You and your learners can ask a question on any learning step.
To add a discussion question:
- Select the “Ask a question” button near the bottom of the step while in Teach mode.
- Add a brief question and then add more details and instructions in the text editor under “More information.” Post as a "Question."
Discussion prompt versus personal question
Teachers and moderators will see the options to post as a discussion prompt or as a question. When teaching a course, you'll probably want to use the question option. Learners will see the question as coming from you personally and not just as part of the course content.
Edit or delete
Hover over any discussion or post and select the additional actions icon (...) for the options to edit or delete that discussion or individual message.
Discussion posts can be "upvoted" by learners using the up arrow (^). Each question will display a number of responses and number of upvotes.
Each post will show the number of upvotes and responses will be threaded.
Filter any discussion to see a certain type of post first. "Best" will show the most-upvoted responses first. "Active" will show posts with the most responses first.
If you are enrolled in the course as a teacher or moderator, you will automatically be notified when someone asks a new question or responds to a discussion prompt.
In some cases, members may want to subscribe to an individual discussion in order to get every response to that discussion, and not just direct responses to their own posts. To subscribe to a discussion, select the blue "Subscribe" button.
To unsubscribe and stop receiving all notifications, select the blue "Unsubscribe" button.
You can follow any notification straight to the original discussion by clicking on it. To unsubscribe, follow the notification to the discussion and then use the unsubscribe button to stop receiving further notifications.
Ask to respond
Are you working with multiple teachers and moderators in a single course or Group? Use the "Ask to respond" link under additional actions to send an instant notification to your colleague.
When a notification has been successfully sent to a teammate, you'll see the name fade and a checkmark will appear. The notification message will include a link to the discussion and will indicate that you have asked this teammate to respond.
Track Your Group's Progress
You can manage the people in your group and view their progress by selecting "View Learners" under the "Settings" menu at the top of the "Path" page.
View overall performance
"View Learners" shows you everyone in your cohort and how they're performing at a glance.
View individual performance
To see a detailed performance report for a learner, simply tap the learner's name. Each learner's performance report shows a checkmark next to steps they've completed or an X next to optional steps they've skipped.