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Road Scholar Social Network Instructions 

Frequently Asked Questions

Basics

What is the Road Scholar Social Network?
The Road Scholar Social Network is a free online networking tool that helps you connect with other members of the Road Scholar community. The easy-to-use features of the Social Network allow users to meet fellow enrollees and like-minded participants, discuss programs or other topics, ask questions and share photos, videos, and reviews, all through the Road Scholar website.

How do I find the Road Scholar Social Network?
Go to http://www.roadscholar.org/. Click on the "Join our Social Network" link on the left side of the home page in the "Get Involved" section, and follow the instructions to create an account. If you already have a Social Network account, log in on the homepage and click “My Account” at the top of the page. You will find the My Social Network section in the right column.

How do I sign up for the Road Scholar Social Network?
When you create a Road Scholar online account you automatically gain access to the Road Scholar Social Network. If you previously created a Road Scholar online account but are not yet a member of the Social Network, go to http://www.roadscholar.org/socialnetwork. Log in to your account. You'll then be taken to the My Account page, where you can click "Activate My Social Network" on the right side of the page to join.


Getting Started

How do I fill out my Road Scholar Social Network profile and choose my privacy settings?
Log in on the Road Scholar website and click “My Account” at the top of the page. You can access the “Edit My Profile” from any page on the Social Network by clicking “Edit” in the top right corner. On this page you can easily choose your privacy and notification settings, fill in your information and upload a picture. For your privacy settings, you can decide how visible you would like your profile content to be by picking Public, Friends Only, or Private for each part of your profile. Click the “Save All Changes” button when you’re finished. Watch our short video tutorial at the top of the page to learn more.

What are the different features of my profile?
At the top of your profile page you will see a space for a photo, your basic information, interests, friends, and messages. Below this is your Wall, where other Social Network friends can have conversations with you and other members. On the bottom left you will see the "Reviews/Images/Videos," where the content you’ve uploaded to program pages will automatically become part of your profile. To the right of that is a list of your upcoming, past, and wishlist programs. When you’re viewing another member’s profile, links to your Edit My Profile page, Social Network Home, messages, friends, currently enrolled programs and wishlist will always be conveniently located on the right column of the page. 

How do I add a profile picture?
Log in on the Road Scholar website and click “My Account” at the top of the page. Find My Social Network on the right and click "Edit/Update.” On the Edit My Profile page, click "Upload your image". You can upload any photo from your computer, as long as it’s a jpg, jpeg, png, or gif file and it's 4 MB or less. Once you’ve selected a photo, click Submit to make it your profile picture. If you want change your photo, go back to the Edit My Profile page and upload a new picture.

How do I make and search for friends?
One of the main goals of the Road Scholar Social Network is to allow you to meet and interact with other lifelong learners who share your interests. Click “My Friends” on the right column of any Social Network page to see a list of your current friends as well as the Suggested Friends section. Friends are suggested to you based on mutual interests, wishlists, currently enrolled programs and past programs. Enter a name into the search bar above to look for friends on the Social Network. Once you've found who you're looking for, click on his or her name or picture to go to their profile page. Click the “Add as Friend” button next to his or her profile picture to send a friend invitation. You will receive a message from Road Scholar as well as a notification email (if you've opted to receive them) when the member confirms your friendship request. You can remove a member from your friends group by clicking “Remove Friend” next to their profile picture.


Programs

How do I find out what people are saying about a program?
Click on the Discussion Board tab on the left side of any program page on the Road Scholar website to find out what other Social Network members are saying about the program. You can also read program reviews from previous participants by clicking the Reviews/Photos/Videos tab directly below the Discussion Board link.

How can I meet people on my program?
When you enroll in a Road Scholar program, Road Scholar Social Network members who are already enrolled in your program will receive an email notification if you have opted into this feature on the "Edit My Profile & Privacy Settings" page. To set up this feature, change the first notification from "No" to "Yes". This will allow you to easily meet other participants from the same program. If you would not like other members to know which programs you are attending, simply change your notification settings in the "Edit My Profile & Privacy Settings" page, accessible from any Social Network page in the top right corner.

You can also meet fellow enrollees on the program page’s Discussion Board. Simply find your program on the Road Scholar website, click the Discussion Board tab on the left side of the page and interact with other Social Network members who have posted in the board. Don’t see any activity on the board? Post a comment or question to get the conversation started. You will receive a notification email when someone else posts in the same board.


Account Features

How do I post reviews, photos and videos from my Road Scholar programs?
Once you’ve returned from a program, log in to your Road Scholar account and click “My Account” at the top of the page. Scroll down to “My Programs” and click on any of your past programs to upload content. Any review, photo or video that you upload for a program will automatically appear on your Social Network profile page (you can choose whether to display this or not in your privacy settings).

You can upload any photo from your computer (as long as it’s a jpg, jpeg, png, or gif file) and add a caption. To add a video, it must already be posted on a video hosting website like YouTube or Vimeo. Click on the instructions link in the Upload a Video section for step-by-step instructions on how to post your video to the program page and the Road Scholar Social Network.

What is Social Network Home?
The Social Network Home page serves as the hub of all activity on the Road Scholar Social Network, where any member can join in on the conversation. Post a question or comment in the General Discussion Board or respond to someone else’s post to connect with other lifelong learners. On the right side of the page you will see the News Feed feature, which keeps you informed of your friends’ activity with real-time updates from all over the network. Your basic profile information is easily accessible on the upper right section of the Social Network Home page.

How do I deactivate my Social Network account?
To deactivate your Road Scholar Social Network account, simply log in and go to “My Account” and click the “Deactivate my Social Network” button below your profile picture. Once you choose to deactivate, you will not be able to use any of the Social Network features until you reactivate your account. 


Have a question of your own or a comment you’d like to share? Email us at socialmedia@roadscholar.org.
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