Quick Start Guide

Getting Started on AAE Connection

Make the most of your AAE Connection experience online by taking these steps to allow others to find and connect with you, engage in meaningful conversations about the topics that matter to you, and build your presence in the online community.

Log in:

Your login credentials should be the same as your credentials for aae.org. When you go to https://connection.aae.org/ click “Sign in”. Your login credentials are the same username and password that you use to log in to MyAAE. If you have forgotten your login credentials to MyAAE, please click here.

Profile Set-Up:

Tell us about yourself: Is this what you really look like? Upload a profile picture and add some information to your profile so it is easier to find and connect with like-minded peers.

Add a headshot and bio

Profile Settings

Customize your profile settings: While on your profile page, click on the tab for My Account. Here you can set up how you want to receive emails from the community, how much of your profile you want visible to other members, design the signature area that appears under your discussion posts and more. If you have any questions about what a certain setting means, please email the Community Manager at communityadmin@aae.org for help.

Email Delivery Options: Your frequency can be in the form of a daily or weekly digest–a single email each day summarizing the hottest topics in your community or stay informed in real time with instant alerts.

My Account > Community Notifications
Set to Real Time, Daily Digest or Weekly Consolidated Digests

Build your contact list: Select Directory from the top navigation bar to find friends and colleagues belonging to Connection. Creating a contact list helps identify relationships and build searchable networks. Our Advanced Search option offers further parameters for making connections.

Join the Conversation

Posting a Message:

  1. Select “Add” next to the Latest Discussions or “Start a New Thread” if on the Discussions page

Latest Discussions:

Select the green Add button

            Discussions page:

Select Start New Thread
  1. You can upload attachments (attachments will automatically be added to the specified community library).
  2. You can @mention specific AAE members.
Start a Discussion or Question

*You can save a draft of the post. The system will also automatically start saving your message once you start adding content. You can schedule a post to go live at a certain time. To access your scheduled posts and drafts, go to Profile > My Contributions tab > List of Contributions.

My Contributions > List of Contributions

Reply to a Discussion

Reply, Reply Privately, Mark as Inappropriate
  • Reply: Reply to the entire thread.
  • Reply Privately: Sends a private response to the member’s community inbox.
  • Mark As Inappropriate: If a member's post clearly violates the AAE Connect Code of Conduct, you can flag it to be reviewed by the AAE Connection Committee and community management team.

Add Photos to Discussion Posts

There are two ways to include photos in your posts: Within the discussion or as an attachment. Note: Only attachments will appear in the library.

How to add photos as attachments (will add to the library):

  1. Select “Add Attachment” below the post editor, near your signature.

Add Attachment Button

  1. Drag and drop images or select the files you want.
Image Selector Screen
  1. Select “Upload”

Select upload to add your image

  1. You can add a description to these attachments by selecting "Edit Details"

Select edit details to add attachment descriptions
Add description to your attachments

  1. Attachments will post in alphanumeric order. If you have multiple images that you want to appear in a specific order, the file names must be ordered as such.
  2. Post your discussion post. The attachments will be added to the library.
    1. The system will auto populate a thumbnail.
  3. Note: When you use this method, a “View Attachments” link will appear along with your post text in the community digest emails, but no images will appear.

Shows how image attachments will appear on your discussion post


How to embed photos in the discussion (will not add to the library):

  1. Select the image icon from the post editor.Select the add image icon
  2. Select “Upload Image” from the popup screen

Select the Upload image icon

3. Drag and drop images or select the files you want.
Image Selector Screen
4. Select “Upload”
select upload image button in the bottom right
5. Choose the image size you want.
Small, medium, Large, X-Large, Original Images sizes
6. Include a title and description for your image. Note: Including this information is incredibly important for your fellow endos who use screen readers.

Add an image title and Image description
7. Post your discussion post.
8. Note: When you use this method, images will appear along with your post text in the community digest emails and can be clicked within a thread to view at full size. These images will not be added to the library. They will remain solely as a part of your discussion post. 

 Share a Resource:

  1. You can access the library by clicking on the Library tab from a community’s home page.
Select Create New Library Entry

*You will notice that there are two different ways to view the community library content (list or folder). The default view is the folder view. Use the icons to switch the view.

  1. To add a new library item select "Create New Library Entry". Complete the required fields on the library entry form: Title, Library, Description, Entry Type. Based on the Entry type you select you will need to take additional steps after you select next.

What now?

  • Let us know you're here: Say hello and share what you are hoping to gain by participating.
  • Ask questions: What do you want to know more about? Have a question about anything from professional development to everyday problems? There's someone out there with the answer.
  • Share ideas: Is there a hot topic you want to discuss? How about a lesson you've learned that might help your fellow members? Start a discussion thread to give others a peek inside your world or to demonstrate your expertise on a topic.
  • Give feedback: Use your knowledge and experience to answer other members' questions. Just click Reply to the right of any discussion post, or comment underneath a library entry.