Posts Tagged ‘tutorial’

Creating a New Conversation

September 24, 2009

1. Sign up as an administrator so you can create your own conversations. You can do this by emailing hello@athenabridge.com. Prices are listed on our homepage.
2. Once you are signed in, click on the drop-down arrow near your name in the header and select “New Conversation”.
3. Fill out the information for any of the tools that you want to include in your conversation: brainstorming, deliberation, summarization, or voting.
<!–pencilYou can start your own conversation by logging in and clicking “Create” at the top of any page.

  • Enter the topic. For complex topics, it is useful to make the topic a sentence that participants can agree with or disagree with.  All the points that
  • The background field provides the context for your conversation.
  • Keywords are optional; they help other users search for your conversation.
  • Finally, you’ll see instructions which say “Paste the text of your document in the box on the right.”  You can paste in an entire document and then quickly separate it into individual points by inserting “[[” at the beginning of each point.  This makes them separate blue dots in Column A of your conversation map.  If your topic is a statement with which you want the participants to agree or disagree, all these individual points should be on the side that supports the topic sentence.
  • Hint: It’s helpful to have summaries for each of your points.  If you do not specify a summary, the software will automatically generate a summary from the first 79 characters of each point.  If your summary is short, follow it with a bunch of spaces to take up the remainder of the 79 spaces; this prevents the beginning of the next sentence from filling up the end of your summary.

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Example:

[[The summary of the first point goes here. (Put a bunch of spaces here– see the hint above.)

The first point goes here.  The first point goes here. The first point goes here. The first point goes here. The first point goes here. The first point goes here. The first point goes here. The first point goes here. The first point goes here. The first point goes here. The first point goes here.

[[The summary of the second point goes here. (Put a bunch of spaces here— see the hint above.)

The second point goes here.  The second point goes here. The second point goes here. The second point goes here. The second point goes here. The second point goes here. The second point goes here. The second point goes here. The second point goes here.

[[The summary of the third point goes here. (Put a bunch of spaces here— see the hint above.)

The third point goes here.  The third point goes here. The third point goes here. The third point goes here. The third point goes here. The third point goes here.

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Advanced Features

You may use the following advanced commands any time you are adding a point on OnlineTownhalls.

  • To add bold text: [b]Bold text goes in the middle of these characters.[/b]
  • To insert a YouTube video: 
  • To insert a link: [link=http://www.link-address.com]The text you want to display goes here.[/link]
  • To insert a quote: [quote]The quote goes in between these characters. [/quote]

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