About Link Sharing

About Link Sharing

  • When sharing links are enabled, anyone can access the discussion by following the link.
  • Users who are logged in to Kialo Edu and enter the discussion via the link will have the role selected. Updates to the selected role will also update the role of users using the sharing link in real time.
  • Users who are not logged in to Kialo Edu will only have Viewer permissions. If you want students who do not have Kialo Edu accounts to participate in a discussion, you should enable the Instant Access feature.

How to Enable or Disable Link Sharing

Note: To adjust settings for Link Sharing, you must have Admin permissions or higher in the discussion.

Link Sharing is disabled by default.

To enable Link Sharing:

  1. Click the Share button in the top-right of a discussion.
  2. Check the Enable Link Sharing box to generate a sharing link and QR code.
  3. (Optional): If desired, adjust ‘Writer’ to another role.

To disable Link Sharing:

  1. Click the Share button in the top-right of a discussion.
  2. Uncheck the Enable Link Sharing box.

Additional Information about Link Sharing

  • If a discussion participant who already has a role in the discussion clicks a sharing link that is set to a higher role (for example, if the participant is currently a Writer and the link role is set to Editor), they are promoted to the higher role while the link is enabled.
  • Link Sharing allows you to control when students can access the discussion by enabling or disabling the link. So long as students’ accounts have not also been invited to the discussion, the link is the only means by which their accounts have permission to view the discussion. Therefore, once the link is disabled, so is their access to the discussion. The link can be re-enabled at any time if required, such as to allow students to view Grades and Feedback or if they require an extension to their assignment.
  • If a discussion with Link Sharing enabled is cloned, it will be disabled in the cloned discussion. It can be re-enabled if desired.
  • If a sharing link is embedded, any users viewing the embed also view the discussion as if they had clicked the sharing link. This can be used with your website or LMS platform to allow students to view or interact with the discussion without needing to leave the site or LMS. See Embedding a Kialo Discussion for further information on embedding discussions, or Using Kialo with Learning Management Systems for LMS-specific help with embedding discussions.

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