Some classes will be using LinkedIn Groups for collaboration within the
course for the duration of the semester. These groups will make collaborating
with classmates easy and private. It's a good way to build community and
make connections that you might want to continue after the course is completed.
Only members of your class will be invited to join a course group, so only
members of your class will have access to these discussions and links to other
INSTRUCTORS: Please read the
Policy for using LinkedIn before getting started. There
is suggested wording for your syllabus in this document.
Remember, students should always have the right to opt out
of disclosing their information to classmates, so
participation in these groups should not be required for a
To create a LinkedIn account, go to
www.linkedin.com, click on the "Join Now" button, and follow the steps to
create an account. For more detailed information, view
Creating a LinkedIn Account.
Please see the
Managing Groups document for information on getting started with Groups in
If your Instructor has established a group, the
invitation will be posted on the Blackboard course site.
You can use the instructions above for creating an account
if you don't already have one.
IMPORTANT: Please look at security
settings carefully to be sure you don't publish anything you
don't want the world to see. Pay careful attention to your
Public Profile the profile that will be shown to users not
signed-in to LinkedIn that are searching for you via search
engines like Google. Click
Edit Public Profile settings to control which parts your
profile will be visible to search engine users. You can make
your profile completely private or customize the display of
Remember to respect the privacy of your peers by not sharing their profile
information with others.
The groups should be disbanded shortly after the semester
ends, but individuals can retain contacts made in these
groups by inviting and accepting invitations of your
learn more about using LinkedIn, visit