eCommunities are available to be used by staff and students at the University of Sydney for activities that do not directly relate to Units of Study, for example student or faculty forums, communities of practice or sports and cultural communities.

In general, participants will self-enrol and un-enrol in eCommunities. Example titles include FASS Student Reps' eCommunity, Vet Faculty Discussions, Biology eLearning Resources and Postgraduate Research

An eCommunity website has a very flexible time frame and while it is reviewed annually it may continue across one or more years. An eCommunity can be populated through a number of enrolment options. Before deciding on an option, consider the management implications of each type below.

Features of an eCommunity

  • No assessment is included
  • Not linked to a UoS code
  • Access start and end dates are flexibly determined
  • Reviewed annually
  • Audience may be students or staff

Types of enrolment for ecommunities

Type Characteristics
Open Participants can join and leave this eCommunity through the self-enrolment option.
Open with access code This eCommunity is open to participants if they know the access code. Participants can choose to leave this eCommunity via the un-enrolment option in their eCommunity tab in the University LMS.
Request Access Participants can request access to this eCommunity via email and participants can choose to leave it. If you choose this type of eCommunity, remember that Email Access to eCommunities requires the Leader of the website to approve access. Consider the level of moderation that approving email requests will add to the running of your eCommunity.
Closed Participants will be enrolled into the community by the eCommunity leader through SEAMS. Participants cannot leave this eCommunity unless unenrolled by the Leader. Contact the Sydney eLearning Helpdesk if you need assistance to enrol and unenrol your participants on x18728.

If you would like to discuss establishing an eCommunity please contact our helpdesk for more information.