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Raftr Support: March 2 Update

Raftr Support: March 2 Update

All Platforms: Attach files to DM Updated map view on Events feed to be zoomed out by default (and thus show more Events' pins) Continued API maintenance and housekeeping updates to improve performance Android: Introduced initial support for multi-community membership Enabled tagging users on Posts Some fixes like: Refreshing UI for message when opening a channel or raft's share link Introducing visual indicators to members of secret rafts when seeing the rafts on Explore or in Search – to confirm the rafts are secret and only visible there to members Adding Pro check on ProUsers when creating Posts Enabling un-restricting…
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Do’s and Don’ts of Connecting with Students Virtually

Do’s and Don’ts of Connecting with Students Virtually

As the country continues to grapple with the pandemic, education has had to shift to online learning. Since school closures at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, school-sponsored distance learning rose from 65% in March to 83% in April, and this figure is set to continue on an upward trend as the current academic year unfolds. Millions of students needed to adjust instantly to the new realities of distance learning. In one survey, teachers reported that only 60% of their students were regularly engaging in distance learning. They further claim that engagement continued declining through the rest of the…
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Raftr Support: February 10 Update

Raftr Support: February 10 Update

All Platforms: Introduced Shortcuts feature – exclusively available on Explore *In beta now Introduced Incognito (aka: anonymous) chat, which can be enabled by Channel Leaders on ProRafts *In beta now Updated Posts to support attaching multiple images It is now possible to cross-post all Post types Android: Enabled cross-posting Events on up to 50 rafts Added new "more" button on Post composers Some fixes like: Explore and the raft-level Events and Posts feeds now retain your place when you leave and return via the back button Rafts on Explore indicate "requested" membership state, when relevant iOS: Introduced "seen by" feature…
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Raftr Support: January 19 Update

Raftr Support: January 19 Update

Android: Introduced "seen by" feature for chat messages (available in the "more" menu via swiping/long press) App-level feeds now have a carousel of rafts that the content can be coming from Lots of fixes including: App-level Events and Posts feeds now retain your place when you leave and return via the back button (note: returning via the Events or Posts button will refresh the feed) Added topic filtering to map views Continued navigation improvements on rafts Refreshed UI on raft home page Pre-joined rafts included in the rafts list in onboarding iOS: Lots of fixes, including: Posts feeds now retains…
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Raftr Support: December 28 Update

Raftr Support: December 28 Update

Android: Some fixes like fixing the time/date filter for Events and re-adding the topics filter on the Events feeds iOS: Some fixes like: Navigation improvements on rafts Topic filtering on map view Notifications to raft and channel admin about join requests and member suggestions now open the requests screen directly Introduced a character limit for chat messages Web: It's now possible to schedule Posts, separately from Announcements Some fixes like: Updating sidebar for isolated Posts view Updating the time/date filter for Events to be consistent in all views Updating filter and sort buttons on raft-level feeds to be consistent with…
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Raftr Support: December 8 Update

Raftr Support: December 8 Update

Android: It's now possible to send multiple images in a single chat message The Messages feed has been re-grouped into three sections: rafts' channels, personal messaging, invites The app-level Events feed and all feeds on rafts have updated headers for easier navigation and filtering New users can choose their preferred level of notifications during onboarding Some fixes like: Improving how the audience is selected when creating content Notifications to raft and channel admin about join requests and member suggestions now open the requests screen directly Raft and channel admin on ProRafts are notified when content is flagged (and can review…
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‘Tis the Season to Build Student Engagement and Connection Virtually with these 10 Tips!

‘Tis the Season to Build Student Engagement and Connection Virtually with these 10 Tips!

The holiday season is approaching and although many college students are currently off-campus and at home, there’s still ways to provide virtual programs for student engagement to help students feel connected with their university in easy and accessible ways during this holiday break. 1) Let’s Meetup with a Netflix Streaming Party Whether you’re a fan of the holiday romantic comedies starring Vanessa Hudgens or are already in need of a break from all things holiday-related and would rather watch something less festive, plan a Netflix Movie party. To get started install the app, send an invite with the details to…
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Raftr Support: November 18 Update

Raftr Support: November 18 Update

Android: Events feed now has a map view to be able to see and discover events based on their locations Search now has additional filter options to further refine results Career info and locations on peoples' profiles can now be tapped to Search for other people with the same info, and you can now see phone numbers on other people's profiles if they've set them to be visible there Events now have a video conference field Some fixes like ensuring channels show their rafts' names when seen apart from the raft iOS: Events feed now has a map view to…
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8 Res Life Engagement Platform Must-Have Features

8 Res Life Engagement Platform Must-Have Features

Throughout 2020, Res Life programs have transformed into more socially distant programming and virtual activities. Communication and engagement are essential to maintaining a positive residence life experience. With the power of a Res Life engagement platform, it makes it a lot more efficient to manage these interactive efforts and continuously provide entertainment and connection between residents. We’ve compiled 8 features your residence life engagement platform must-have to build a dynamic space for residents to not only stay informed on the latest updates, but also discover and participate in activities, whether in person and socially distant or virtual. 1) Virtual Communities…
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6 Ideas to Build Alumni Communication with an Alumni Relations App

6 Ideas to Build Alumni Communication with an Alumni Relations App

How do you currently engage your alumni network? Instead of monthly printed newsletters mailed out with the potential of being sent to an old address or immediately thrown away, or emails that sit in someone’s inbox or redirected to their spam folder, universities are turning to a more proactive approach. It not only organizes and maintains communication among your alumni, with an alumni relations mobile app, it provides them with constant communication between your former students. The alumni app gives alumni users the ability to network at their own leisure and is a communication method that resonates with this modern…
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