Submission Guidelines

What is SettleNet.org?

SettleNet.org is a national and bilingual Settlement Serving Sector Community of Practice (CoP). It is an online platform where sector staff, leaders and those in related fields can learn, share, connect and collaborate; thereby building their knowledge and skills capacity with a focus on improving settlement services.

What are SettleNet.org objectives?

  • To develop, maintain, and grow a national and bilingual settlement serving sector Community of Practice;
  • To facilitate the provision of consistent, innovative and coordinated services;
  • To allow its members to collect, disseminate resources and find the support and tools they need to do their job effectively.

Who is the SettleNet.org audience?

  • Primary: Settlement workers/practitioners, team leads, frontline staff from across Canada, Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS).
  • Secondary: Program managers, Project Designers, LIP coordinators, Health Care professionals in contact with immigrants etc.

What types of content are accepted on SettleNet.org?

1. Resources: on a wide variety of topics related to the settlement serving sector.

  • Best Practices - Web links to, or documents of, best practices for the settlement serving sector.
  • Guides and Forms - Web links to, or documents of, instructions on how to access government applications and programs.
  • Newcomer Resources - Web links to, or documents of, resource materials that can be directly shared with newcomers.
  • Handbooks - Web links to, or documents of, materials that can be used in training newcomers or workers in the settlement serving sector.
  • Research - Web links to, or documents of, research reports and statistical data sets.

Examples:

  • Government resources related to immigration and all matter of life that would be useful to a newcomer or settlement worker.
  • Best practice documents, templates, tip and fact sheets.
  • Handbooks and training materials for settlement workers to learn more about the sector, serving specific groups of people, ways of working, delivering services, etc.
  • Information that settlement workers can print/forward to their clients.

2. Learning: Professional Development opportunities relevant to the settlement serving sector.

  • Course (on-demand) - Web links to on-demand courses.
  • Course (upcoming) - Web links to upcoming courses.
  • Webinars (on-demand) - Web links to on-demand webinars.
  • Webinars (upcoming) - Web links to on-demand webinars.

Examples:

  • In-person training sessions.
  • Facilitated and self-directed courses.
  • Seminars and workshops.
  • Skills training sessions.

3. Community Topics: on which members can have private or public conversations in moderated groups.

  • Announcements
  • Discussions
  • News Stories

4. Tools: web-based solutions and software recommended for the settlement serving.

  • Online Tools

5. Events: settlement serving sector events.

  • Upcoming Events
  • Events that are started or are finished

Examples:

  • Local, provincial, and national conferences.
  • Community events.

What file formats can be uploaded?

It is expected that users of SettleNet.org will contribute external content with web links to the source page(s).

When files are uploaded, the following file formats are accepted:

  • .txt, .pdf, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .csv, .tiff, .bmp, .png, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .zip, .tar, .rar, .gzip, .gdoc, .gsheet, .gform, .gslides

The size limit of each file is 5 MB.

How do resources get categorized?

When SettleNet.org users contribute content, it should be tagged using settlement serving sector based taxonomy (categorization). When posting or uploading a piece of content on SettleNet.org, users should categorize it using the SettleNet.org taxonomy of defined terms.

There are two category types: “Areas of Work” and “Services”. Each of these category types has subset terms that provide more specifics about the subcategory.

Examples:

Areas of Work

A resource can be tagged in the category type “Areas of Work”, in the category “Accessibility”, then more specifically categorized with the subset terms “Technology”, “Disability”.

A resource can be tagged in the category type “Areas of Work”, in the category “Serving Specific Groups/Populations”, then more specifically categorized with the subset terms “Women”, “Youth”, or “LGBTQ”

Services

A resource can be tagged in the category type “Services”, in the category “Language Services”, then more specifically categorized with the subset terms “Translation Services”, “ESL (LINC, CLIC, ELT, OSLT)”, or “Interpretation Services”

Inquiries

Should you have any questions about these Submissions Guidelines, please contact the SettleNet.org team.