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Collegiality is a measure of how effectively you contribute to Dream to Learn, and how well you work with others.  It is not intended necessarily to reflect the quality of your work, but rather how well you go about interacting with others.

Your collegiality "score" is a automatically-calculated representation of your collegiality. The score is important because:

  • community founders can set collegiality requirements for entrance into their communities, and/or access to particular levels (for example, in order to become a candidate for membership, you may need a collegiality score say of at least 70).
  • your collegiality score also affects the ranking of the documents and blogs that you write.  A collegiality score over 100 will tend to increase your document scores, while a collegiality score of under 100 will tend to decrease your document scores.  

Being more collegial

So how can you be more collegial?  Here are some things to do that will increase your collegiality score:

  • Leave thoughtful rankings for as many of the documents and blogs that you view as you can.  Rankings are always anonymous; they help us identify and surface good content. To achieve a 'perfect score' you need to rate at least 1 in 2 of the blogs and documents that you view (we recognize that there are some blogs and documents that you may decide you don't want to finish reading for whatever reason, and we don't want to encourage you to leave meaningless ratings).
  • View more documents and blogs.  The more documents and blogs you view, the higher your score will be (assuming that you are also rating at least 50% of the ones that you view)
  • Be active on Dream to Learn.  Being active means creating blog entries, document versions, commenting, and participating in chat.  We want to encourage reasonable behavior, so a "perfect score" for activity comes from being active on average at least one day in three.  You get no additional credit for being active more than that.  However, you get more credit the longer you've been part of Dream to Learn (long-term consistency counts)
  • In general, the more communities you are a candidate, applicant or member of, the higher your collegiality score will be, with one very important exception.  We want community members to be active participants, so if you're not actively participating in all of your communities, then your collegiality score will go down.  In practice this means that you should become a candidate, applicant or member of a community only when you're ready to be an active participant.  You can be a visiting member of as many communities as you like; and this will have no impact on your collegiality score.

Your collegiality score gets updated about once every 24 hours, so don't expect to see an immediate jump after each activity.  You can check your collegiality score, including specific tips for increasing based on your usage profile, by going to "My scores & badges".  You can also see any user's collegiality score on their user profile.  You can see mine here.

Tips for new users

New users who don't belong to any communities yet may seem to be in a bit of a catch-22:  how can you be active when you don't belong to any communities yet?  Here are some suggestions for new users to increase their collegiality scores:

  • create a personal blog (anybody can create a personal blog) and blog regularly.  When you later join a community, you'll be able to move your blog into that community if you wish.
  • look for opportunities to participate in the communities you want to join.  Participate in public chat.  Comment on documents and blogs when you're able to.  Good communities will let users know how they can participate
  • look for communities that don't have any entrance requirements for visiting members and join these as visiting members.

I've also blogged about the origins of the collegiality score

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Tips for increasing your collegiality score in Dream to Learn

Created: September 19, 2013

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