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Sharing with others in QMplus Hub

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For: Staff and StudentsApplication: QMplus HubTagged: sharing

By default, everything you do in QMplus Hub is private. No one can see the content that you create there until you decide you want to share it. Although it might be useful to keep things to yourself, there’s probably going to be a point where you want to, or have to, share things with others.

The way you share things in QMplus Hub is through pages. You can create a page, add your content to it, and then share that page with whoever you like. Options for sharing include:

  • Individual QMplus Hub users
  • Individuals without QMplus Hub accounts
  • All users on QMplus Hub
  • Members of QMplus Hub groups you belong to
  • Your QMplus Hub group friends
  • The whole world!

This guide covers the details of sharing a page. It assumes that you already know how to create a page on QMplus Hub. To see how to do that, please see our guide on Creating a portfolio page.

Finding the sharing options on a page

From your QMplus Hub dashboard, select Pages and collections from the Portfolio menu.

On your pages and collections page, you’ll notice that there is a little padlock icon on the bottom left of each panel on the page. This indicates whether your page or collection is shared or private.

  1. A closed padlock indicates a page that is private (in this case it’s actually a collection of pages)
  2. An open padlock indicates a page that is shared

You can click on the padlock to see more information about who it is shared with and to access the sharing options.

In the first case, the page is shared with one specific person, Ororo Monroe. In the second case the page has been shared in two ways:

  1. With all registered users – that means anyone who can log in to QMplus Hub.
  2. By secret URL – this is a way you can share pages with people who do not have QMplus Hub accounts without making your page completely public.

To change the sharing options on your page. Select the Manage access… option from the drop-down menu.

Note that you can also access the sharing options when you are editing a page by clicking the Share button at the top right.

Setting up who to share with

The first thing to decide is who you want to share your page with. In the sharing options page, find the Shared with section.

Click on the Shared with item.

You have a number of options:

  1. Search for – You can use the search feature to find a particular individual or a group to share with.
  2. General – Here you can choose some general classes of user to share with:
    • Public – this will make your page completely open to anyone on the internet.
    • Registered users – this will make your page visible to anyone who has a QMplus Hub login
    • Friends – this will make your page available to anyone you have made friends with on QMplus Hub
  3. Groups – If you are a member of any groups on QMplus Hub, you will see them listed here and you can share your page with the members of that group. If you are a member of lots of groups, this list might be quite long and it may be easier to use the Search for item to find a particular group.

Once you have selected who you want to share with you can:

  1. Add a start and end date for the sharing
  2. Delete the access rule by clicking on the bin icon
  3. Add another person/group to share with

Advanced sharing options

Turning off comments on your page

By default, anyone you allow to access your page will be able to leave a comment on it. Comments appear at the bottom of your page. You can change this through the advanced sharing options.

If you don’t want people to be able to leave comments, click to turn the setting off. If you want to allow comments but want to moderate them first, turn the moderation setting on.

Allow your page to be copied

You can allow those with access to your page to be able to make a copy of it. This might be useful if you are setting up a template page that you’d like to share with others but otherwise, it’s unlikely you’d want to turn this on.

Overriding start/stop times

While you can set up access times on each of your access rules, this setting overrides all of those.

Sharing with people who don’t have QMplus Hub accounts without going public

You can share a QMplus Hub page with people who don’t have QMplus Hub accounts by making your page public. However, there may be times when you don’t want to do this. You can get round this problem by using the Secret URL feature in the advanced sharing options. Using this mechanism, you can generate a special link that you can send to someone who can then use that link to access your page.

This feature is really just a convenience, it is not a secure way to share pages. If the person that you send your secret URL to then sends it to someone else, there is no way of stopping that…and there is no way to trace that it has happened.

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Produced by the the Technology Enhanced Learning Team at Queen Mary University of London.

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