Free University of Brighton Online (FUBO)
As part of our ongoing attempts to improve the ‘freegree’ and provide useful online facilities to support teaching and learning at FUB we are carrying out a working test of a new system called ‘Ryver’. Ryver is a community and team organising tool providing a cross-platform communication platform. It can host pages, where we might have course content; it enables ongoing chat, file sharing and ‘forum-like’ spaces. It also offers notification systems, much like Facebook on a mobile phone, allowing people to stay in touch easily.
Clink on the link to watch a brief introduction to using Ryver.
How to sign up to use Ryver? (This next section is for new members with no account – if you already have an account then sign in to Ryver.)
You will need to register an account, download some apps onto your phone and your desktop or laptop. In order to do this you will need to provide a username, a password (Please note that passwords must contain a mixture of upper-case, lower-case, numbers, and symbols., so perhaps write one down first) and have access to the email your are signing up with. In addition you might want to have a small image available for you to use as your portrait avatar.
- Sign up – click this link and fill in the form. Don’t forget to write down your username and password somewhere. There is an option to add your role and it would be sensible for people to add something there, depending on what your role is (whether you are a student, a lecturer, an organiser, a supporter or perhaps some other role you would rather describe yourself as having).
- When you have signed up the next page you see should be one telling you to check your email – so, go…check your email.
- In your email you should see a message from Team Ryver. If it’s not there, check your spam folder. That email will ask you to confirm your email – click the link in the email to do this.
- This will open up the FUB Ryver space in your browser. ***You will need to login when you first open the webpage, desktop or tablet app or phone app (I suggest doing all three as soon as possible). When you first login you will need to fill in 3 different fields, your username, password and account. The account name is fub.ryver.com, and usually you only need to enter the ‘fub’ bit just before the ‘ryver.com’ bit.***
- Once you have successfully logged in you will be able to see what has been happening, browse around and generally use Ryver fully – perhaps you might want to add a message to say you’ve successfully signed in.
- IMPORTANT: when the FUB Ryver page opens in your browser there should be a message at the top of the screen. It will say something like “For the best collaboration experience, Ryver would like to enable desktop notifications” and then give you the options to ‘Enable’ or ‘Dismiss’ the message. Click ‘Enable’. (You can always switch them off later if you need to but it is through the various channels of notifications that Ryver enables people to keep in touch).
- VERY IMPORTANT: Congratulations! You are now a member of the Free University of Brighton Online. HOWEVER you still need to do a couple more things. In the FUB Ryver page you have opened in your web-browser you will see, at the top left of the page, the name ‘fub’ and just to the right of that a little downward pointing arrow head – if you click this little downward pointing arrow head you will see the option to ‘get the Ryver apps’ – click this. It will open a new web-page with a selection of apps for various operating systems such as Mac, PC, Linux, Android etc. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT, IF IT IS POSSIBLE, YOU INSTALL THE MOBILE PHONE (ANDROID OR IPHONE) APP . WE SUGGEST YOU ALSO INSTALL A DESKTOP APPLICATION AS WELL, SO CHOOSE THE ONE THAT SUITS YOU.
How to use Ryver.
The short tutorial video above will give you a starting point for using Ryver – please explore it yourself and if you want more help then maybe look at the Ryver support page here.
Once you have looked through the Tutorial Video you might want to read a post that explains the motivation behind this experimentation with the Ryver platform – go here for that (note that this link opens Ryver in a web browser, not in a Ryver application. You can read and explore in the web browser but try using the application on your phone or tablet/desktop.)