Hashtags can be used by learners or instructors to organize and filter content for the Community. Unlike Topics, which are controlled by the instructor and other administrators (e.g., TAs), Hashtags can be used freely by any user.
To use this feature when posting content, simply type # before the words you wish to tag.
To use this feature to filter content in your Feed, click on the "Filter Options" button (which is two buttons to the left of the +CREATE button) and select the By Hashtag option. You can type the name of the hashtag you want to filter by, or you can choose the hashtag from the drop-down menu. While you can add a new hashtag at any time, you can filter by a hashtag only if that hashtag is already included in a Post or a Comment in your Community. You can also filter by clicking directly on a hashtag within a Post.
For an overview of mentions and hashtags, see Mentions and Hashtags.
Some Ways to Use Hashtags:
The use of hashtags can be as restricted or as open as each individual class would like. In addition to the uses discussed in Mentions and Hashtags, here are some ways you can leverage hashtags:
- Create hashtags that can help you express how confident you are in your Posts and Comments. For example, if you are answering another student's 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 Post, but you still want to be helpful or want to try to get the conversation started.
- 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.
- Use hashtags to point out connections that relate to the course, to help contextualize the content and relate it to your own life, or to function like Topics in courses where the instructor takes a hands-off approach to discussion management.