Using Hashtags to Organize and Filter Content

Hashtags can be used by learners or instructors to organize and filter content for boards.  Unlike Topics, which are controlled by the instructor and other board administrators, Hashtags can be used freely by any user.

To use this feature when posting content, simply put "#" before the words you wish to tag.  Upon completing the word it will turn purple, indicating that it has been successfully saved as a hashtag.

To use this feature to then filter content, click on any trending hashtag in the area to the right of the Feed or open the menu there to see all of the hashtags.  Clicking on a hashtag will show only Pins where the hashtag is included in the Pin or a Comment.

 

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Tagged words are saved within a board and the top three Trending Topics are displayed in the sidebar. To see more, click Show all Tags These can also be clicked to sort the board. 

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Some Ways to Use Hashtags:

The use of hashtags can be as restricted or as open as each individual class would like. Here are some ideas about how you can use them:

  1. Create hashtags that can help you express how confident you are in your Pins and Comments. For example, if you are answering another students question you could use the hashtag #uncertain when you are in the process of solidifying your views on a certain topic or aren't 100% sure in your answer.  You could use #confident or #certain to signify that you are more confident in an answer. This can alleviate some hesitation you may feel when you aren't completely confident in a part of your Pin, but you still want to be helpful or want to try to get the conversation started.
  2. If course Topics are not arranged by time for a course that spans several months, it might be useful for you to include hashtags such as #week1, #week2, etc. to enable easy filtering and sorting of content based on time.
  3. Use hashtags to point out connections that relate to the course, to help others contextualize the content and see relevance to their own lives.
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