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Dear SUNY Learning Commons Member,

I am excited to announce that the SUNY Learning Commons will be transitioning to a new platform named Workplace by Facebook.

The current Commons users will be the first people to have access to Workplace, and we hope you will be able to give shape to our space before we launch across all the entire University System.   Workplace provides a new way of communicating, and includes additional functionality, such as Chat and Video, that were not available in the current platform.   If you currently facilitate a group or community within the current Learning Commons platform, you are invited to learn how to move your group activity into the new Workplace Platform.


Workplace accounts have been created for established SUNY Learning Commons users.  We have offered users the opportunity to move their groups into WP (if they are eager to pilot and move).  Some groups have chosen to do this.  Thank you Early Adopters!

However, we are unable to open up Workplace widely and with full functionality to new users as the contract / agreement with Facebook is under negotiation.  SUNY System is working through this with SUNY Legal and the FB legal team.   We are confident the agreement will be reached shortly.

Once this is done, a full campus roll-out is planned.   This means, we will be bringing campus directories into Federation / the Single Sign-On process, and Workplace will be open to be used any anyone in the SUNY System.  We will bring SUNY campuses into Workplace in cohorts of 10-15 campuses at a time.  We will also be establishing a mechanism whereas we can include “non-SUNY” participants as well.

We are re-working the timeline to start this by the end of July.   I hope this helps you to plan.  In the meantime, I’m happy to introduce Kelly Williamson (Kelly.williamson@suny.edu) at the CPD as our new Community Manager and who will be helping to implement and grow the new platform.  You can contact her or I directly with questions.

Getting started in the New Commons:  Workplace by Facebook

Recorded on May 24, 2017:  VIEW THE RECORDING

Power Point Slides WORKPLACE – Kick off Webinar


Lisa Raposo

Interim Director

SUNY Center for Professional Development

Tel: 315.214.2426  lisa.raposo@suny.edu







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