Everyone has topics they find interesting. Maybe you have a few books that you've always wanted to read, or some courses you want to enroll in but haven't had the time. On Sunlight, there's a way to easily access all your personal favorites: our Playlists feature.
What are playlists?
Playlists are lists each user can create in order to organize and personalize their Sunlight account however they like. For example, you can create a playlist titled "Management Books," and browse through our marketplace to pick and choose which ones to add. Next time you log in to Sunlight, you'll have all your books one click away, thus saving you the time it would take you to search for them again, or place a new request entirely. You can also share these playlists with friends and colleagues, collaborate on them, and much more!
Where can I find my playlists?
You’ll be able to see all your playlists on the left menu, just click on the playlist button to open the sidebar. Then you’ll see your company’s playlists, the playlists that you follow, the ones you’ve created, and the Sunlight insights, which contains your books, resources you’ve shared, liked or that have been recommended by others.
How do I create a new playlist?
1. Click on "New playlist"
When you click on the "Playlists" button on your sidebar, a small playlist menu pops up from the left. Scroll down, click “New playlist”, and you’ll be subsequently asked to enter a title for your playlist.
2. Set your privacy settings
On the “New playlist” modal, you will also be able to decide if your playlist will be public, which means that anyone in Sunlight can see your playlist. Once these are done, you'll be ready to click on "Create playlist”.
3. Personalizing your playlist
You can personalize your playlists at any point by going to the "Settings" tab to change the name, description, picture, and background color. From here you can also edit the privacy settings.
4. Making playlists public or private
Public playlists are viewable by anyone on Sunlight. If you've got a great list of learning resources you'd like to share with the world, this is a great way to go about it. Just click on the "Settings" tab on your playlist and turn on the option on the right side modal. However, if you want to share information with just one user, team or company, make sure to set your playlist private, and add as members just the people you like, in this way they’ll be able to see it.
How can I add a member to my playlist?
You might want to create a specific playlist to be seen and used by specific groups of people: perhaps start a conversation with your direct report and make suggestions on skills they may be interested in developing, share learning resources with coworkers with similar interests, or maybe create a space where your team members can add resources that they find interesting. You can do this by clicking on "Members" and then on "Add new".
You can choose to add as a member of your playlist a colleague, a team or a company.
Reading and writing permissions
Via the "Members" tab on your playlist, you can change member permissions to “Can read”, which means everyone will be able to comment but not add or delete any resources to the playlist.
Alternatively, selecting “Can write” means that members can edit the playlist as they want, add new resources, delete old ones, and change the settings. Please remember that you can change these permissions at any time.
To answer a few questions you might have:
If I add a member to my playlist, do they get notified?
The short answer is “no”, they do not get a notification. However, if you add a team to the playlist, they will get a slack notification whenever you add a new resource. Please keep in mind that your company will need to have their Slack integrated with their Sunlight account.
How can my company integrate Slack to Sunlight?
This can be configured directly on your group Settings > Integrations. Please check out our article “Slack Integration” for step-by-step instructions.
If I add another user as a member of my playlist, where can they find it?
They will be able to find this playlist if they go to their sidebar, click on the "Playlist" button and then go to the "Shared with me" tab.
Can I share a playlist with someone who is not a member of said playlist?
Yes! You can share and recommend a playlist to another user using our “share” button on the left top corner, just make sure that your playlist is public so it can be seen by users who are not members. To read more about this please visit “Interacting with playlists”.
Where and how can I save resources that I might want to purchase later?
You can like a resource and it will be automatically saved in your “Things I’ve liked” playlist. You will find it if you go to the sidebar, click on the "Playlist" button and then go to the "Sunlight insights" tab.
Need more information?
To read about other features such as adding resources to your own playlists or liking, commenting, sharing, copying and following other users’ playlists, then click on our article “Interacting with Playlists”.
If you are a manager, a team admin or company admin and need more ideas on how to take the most out of playlists, please click on “Sunlight Playlists for Collaborative Learning”, “Keep your Direct Reports Closer with Sunlight Playlists” and “Playlists for EGR”.