What is a structure?
A structure is a sequence of prompts/posts that can be set to automatically post into a discussion circle. Using structures you can schedule a sequence of prompts to publish to a circle on a particular schedule of your choice.
A structure can be used for creating a reflective journal or a sequence of interactive content where the next prompt or post is automatically published after the participant/group responds to the previous prompt.
Note: It’s important to create Structures from your top level circle.
Note: You can add Structures to Discussion circles (or Space circles with Discussion sub circles). Structures can’t be added to Content circles.
How to create a structure:
1. Choose your top level circle (click on the name of your course/program), find ADMIN TOOLS on the right sidebar, then click Structures.
2. Click on the blue Create Structure button.
3. Write a title for a new structure and start adding your sequence of posts. For each post you can add the content which might include text, video and images. You can also choose to add an optional title for each post.
4. Additional features to choose here:
4.1. Save to circle resources when published is a handy option if you use your sequence for large portions of content and would like to save it. This you need to choose separately for every post of the sequence. If you opt for it the participant will be able to see the saved posts in the Resources section on the right sidebar after publication.
4.2. Show structure progress indicator in circle option allows you to see the progress on the right sidebar (this works great for interactive worksheets or reflective journaling prompts).Then you will be able to see the progress of your participants as they respond to the posts of the sequence.
Note: We recommend to use the progress indicator when the structure is meant to be completed individually. If you use this Structure in a group discussion circle we recommend not to use a progress bar (it’s a conversation, not a worksheet that the participants fill in).
5. When you create the first post of your sequence, press the green Add post button and add as many posts to your sequence as you need.
6. After you click Add post you’ll see an input box to set publishing options for the next post of your sequence.
6.1. The Fixed publishing option enables you to set the time for each post to be published after the previous post.
Note: If you want to add this sequence to a general discussion you might prefer to publish posts on a regular schedule (every 24 hours, after 3 days, etc.)
6.2. The Dynamic publishing option enables you to publish posts based on participation. Here you can also choose to publish/not to publish the post, archive or even delete the circle if not enough people respond.
Note: We usually recommend to opt for “not to publish” option if you want people to get the next post after they respond.
You can choose different publishing options for every post or save your publishing preferences for the whole sequence of posts by clicking on Set as default button in the upper right corner.
You can set up email reminders to go out automatically if someone hasn’t responded to a post in # of days, encouraging them to come back to the process and continue.
7. Add as many posts as you’d like. Remember that you should end each post with a question or with a directive to write something below so they can move on to the next prompt. Make sure that you don’t leave any posts empty to be able to proceed. When you’re done with your structure press the Save structure button. Great job! Your Structure is ready.
8. Now you are ready to add your structure to a discussion circle of your choice.
There are several ways you can use structures in your program:
Structure in a discussion circle for groups and individuals ( added manually)
Structure in private discussion circles only for individuals ( automated Journey with Structure)