Hello and welcome to ISOM Connect! We've created this platform for students to be able to connect with each other, as well as with us as the online ISOM team. It will also enable you to share feedback as to what God is putting on your heart!
The first thing you as a student need to do is to REGISTER on the forums. You can register by clicking "Register" on the top right button on this page. Once you are registered and logged in, you will then have the ability to post and interact on the forums.
What to expect
At the end of each ISOM session, you will see in your workbook that there are "group discussion" questions. We have chosen 3 questions from each course to be the topics of discussion for each course. As you go through each semester on the forum, you'll see all the courses listed out. Choose the course and session you would like to discuss and begin posting! The 3 questions we write are just a guideline to help you get started, but every student is encouraged to branch out and share/ask what has been placed on their own heart.
There are many different ways for you to get involved in the conversation! You can send direct message to your fellow classmates, post in the class discussion, share a testimony from your time doing ISOM, or ask for specific prayer requests. Don't be afraid to jump in!
Navigating the Forums
If you haven't already, be sure to go to your profile and update your information. You can add a picture of yourself, let us know your birthday, connect your social media, and more! Just click your name on the top menu, and then click "Account details".
In the top menu, you'll see a "Media" tab where all of the Connect videos are posted. We will always post any new videos or media content here for the students to easily access. We record a new session every Tuesday and postings normally happen by the end of the day each Wednesday.
For many students, communicating over the internet is a new venture. Therefore, we thought it would be a benefit to give a quick guideline for how your writing should be formed in an online forum.
This is how to communicate the W.R.I.T.E. way.
Online communication can be cold and disconnected, if not intentionally made to be warm or kind. It is easy to read harshness into someone else's words. Be sure to always phrase your writing in the kindest way possible. Any harsh or unruly posts will be removed promptly.
Make sure to not just post your own thoughts and opinions all the time. Be sure to read through what God is speaking to other students and encourage them, as well foster more dialogue.
When in doubt... ask questions! If you need any clarification from the staff or other student, do not keep your questions to yourself. Often times a lot of miscommunication can be resolved with a single question and answer.
Do not feel rushed or pressured to post quickly. Put thought into your posts and make sure that you are purposeful in what you are saying. If talking to another student, be sure to re-read what you have written and make sure that it can not be taken negatively or in a critical way. Defensiveness is reduced when people sense tentativeness and gentleness in other's responses.
An important aspect of online communication is to put yourself in the shoes of the other online students and instructors. Their level of understanding may be in a different place than yours, or God may be speaking to them about an entirely different concept. Keep an open mind and heart and remember that you can learn from anybody. We are all in different stages of our walk with God!
If you need any assistance, you can email anyone on the "Staff" team (Slav@isom.org, Angel@isom.org, or Brad@isom.org). You have the option of directly messaging us from your inbox, or posting in the "Questions" section of the forum.