In recent years members of divisions across the Academy have consistently asked to create more opportunities to interact with each other, especially outside of the Annual Meeting. AOM HQ has worked hard with Division Leaders to find ways to help members connect to one another more frequently and more meaningfully throughout the year. However, traditional tools like listservs and static websites are no longer meeting expectations with regard to dynamic member interaction. The desire for improved networking and collaboration remains an increasing need among our membership.
In response to this growing need, AOM is launching a brand new online community, Connect@AOM! Connect@AOM provides a more robust interactive experience for our members than our current technology offers, and helps us meet several aspirational goals for improved member service including:
SINGLE sign-on - Connect@AOM is seamlessly integrated with AOM membership data. This means that members are automatically included in their respective Divisions and Interest Groups. Upon login to the community portal the member experience is personalized, with immediate access to news, updates, announcements and events, as well as an integrated member directory.
ENHANCED Member Engagement - With the adoption of Connect@AOM, the Academy will incrementally be upgrading listserv technology across DIGs in the coming year to become more dynamic in member engagement through threaded conversations. Unlike flat, text-only listservs, members will be able to upload videos, attachments and embed HTML graphics into conversations.
A HUB for resources and knowledge sharing - Divisions and Interest groups will be provided their own knowledgebase in the community around specific topical categories, creating a robust repository for documents. All of these files will be automatically saved in a centralized resource library and are easily discovered based on defined tags or media type. Members will be able to comment, engage and collaborate with one another regarding file sharing.
CENTRALIZED calendar of events – All members will have the ability to contribute to their DIG's own calendar of events, which can capture dates and deadlines for items such as calls for papers, conferences or workshops, registration for conferences or special events, calls for contributions to special issues of journals, and more. All events are aggregated in a single display, making the community a valuable one-stop resource for all of the important events and happenings in your DIG's domain.
Connect has begun its roll out across the Academy. Currently it is available for CAREERS DIVISION members only. We'll be working with all other DIGs to help them transition to the community platform over the coming year.
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