The purpose of your community

A community is your online workspace, with all the tools you need in one place. Before creating your community, you establish the purpose of it. 

Here are some examples below:

Promote activities

You can share news, updates and promote upcoming events. 

Key features:

  • Mini site, events, recent documents, blog post (SharePoint)
  • Instant chat, video/auto meeting and conference, channels (Microsoft Teams)
  • Online surveys (Forms)
  • Office apps (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote)

Example: APS News

Share information with community members about activities happening across government. Build a trusted source of information that is sent out on a regular basis, usually by the community owner. 

Community type: - open

Build a network

Bring together like-minded people to engage on topics, interests, or areas of practice. 

Key features:

  • Instant chat, video/auto meeting and conference, channels (Microsoft Teams)
  • Mini site, events, recent documents, blog post (SharePoint)
  • Online surveys (Forms)
  • Personal profiles (Delve)
  • Office apps (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook)

Example: Procurement

Connect with other procurement specialists and interested members. Share and develop documents and foster participation in the community. 

Community type: - open 

Collaborate on a project

Bring your teams together to meet virtually, co-author documents and track tasks.

Key features:

  • Task management (Planner)
  • Instant chat, video/auto meeting and conference, channels (Microsoft Teams)
  • Mini site, events, recent documents, blog post (SharePoint)  
  • Online surveys (Forms)
  • Personal profiles (Delve)
  • Office apps (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook)

Example: Cross agency project

Collaborate with other members online. Organise virtual meetings, co-author documents and manage individual and group tasks to meet a project mandate or objective.

Community type: - closed, hidden

Last modified: March 20, 2019