The following post originally appeared on the main Microsoft in Education Blog, and provides details of the updates to the Microsoft Educator Community. Packed full of CPD resources, lesson plans, quick tip videos and access to a global next work of educators, the Microsoft Educator Community is free to join and use, and provides a fantastic hub for teacher development. Start your Microsoft Educator Community journey here.
Today, we are excited to share with you some exciting updates to the Microsoft Educator Community. Over the past few months, we have seen growth in the number of educators using the community and we have been actively collecting feedback, making improvements, and are now introducing useful new features. These new features ensure a smoother, more intuitive experience. You’ll find a simplified sign-in process, improved navigation toolbar, and a revised Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Certified Badge, in addition to other useful features. Read more below and see for yourself when you visit the Microsoft Educator Community.
1. Simplified, single pop-up view for registration
The sign-in process now has significantly fewer required fields to ensure quick, easy registration. In addition, fields will automatically populate with the user’s First/Given Name, Last/Family Name and Country/Region as provided by the authentication process.
2. Easier, more intuitive sign-in for returning users
For returning users, the Sign In pop-up primarily displays the authentication method used to access the site previously, making signing back in a breeze.
3. Revamped MIE Certified Badge
We’ve introduced a new “MIE Certified” Badge to replace the existing “MIE” badge, which users can now earn upon reaching 1,000 points in the Educator Community.
4. Points are now displayed, in addition to a Points History page
You can now easily see how many points you have earned, and where you earned those point.
5. Profile navigation layout updates
We’ve introduced more a cleaner, more intuitive profile navigation dropdown so features are more organized and easier to find.
6. Additional 16 badges available to be earned
These include badges related to products like Sway, OneNote, and Office Mix—how many have you collected?
Let us know how you are liking the new features on the educator community by tweeting with hashtag #MSFTEdu. Check out the new features by joining the Microsoft Educator Community today!