Managing roles and users
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|Book:||Managing roles and users|
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|Date:||Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 4:32 PM|
- Main user roles and permissions
- Assigning course reps
- Key contacts & participants list
- Groups and groupings
Main user roles and permissions
The most common staff user roles on SOL include:
- Unit Leader - able to view and edit all content, and release grades
- Tutor - able to edit all content, but cannot release grades
- Non-Editing Tutor - able to view all content, but cannot edit
- Course Leader - able to view and edit all content - should only be listed on Course Pages
- Moderator - able to view assessments and input grades
Requesting a role
Unit Leader and Course Leader information is now referenced from the Quercus database. Because of this, these roles must be approved by your School Executive Officer and added to Quercus before the role can be assigned in SOL.
Tutor and Non-editing Tutor
You can add yourself as a Tutor or Non-editing Tutor on a unit page via the enrolment-self service. Further instructions can be found here. Please contact LTU@solent.ac.uk if you would like to be enrolled as a Tutor on a page that may contain sensitive information.
If you would like to be listed as Course Leader on a Course Page, please contact Student.Registry@solent.ac.uk. They will need to confirm your Course Leader status. Once confirmed, your role will be pulled through to SOL automatically after it has been recorded in Quercus. Please note that we no longer add Course Leaders to Unit Pages.
Unit Leaders can assign other members of staff the role of 'Moderator'. Further instructions can be found here.
Students on Unit and Course Pages
Students are added to automatically to Unit and Course pages via their enrolments in Quercus. The enrolments that feed data from Quercus into SOL take place every evening, meaning that if a student was enrolled on Quercus during the day, they will not appear on SOL until the following day.
Contact Student.Registry@solent.ac.uk for any queries regarding student enrolments.
Key contacts & participant list
The 'Key Contacts' block displays a list of users on your unit and various methods for communicating with them. The block is customisable and allows you to choose specific roles to display. By default the block will show Unit Leaders and Tutors on the unit but this can be changed. The block provides quick links for students to email or message Unit Leaders or Tutors.
To show more roles within the 'Key Contacts' block:
1. With editing turned on, locate the block and click on 'cog' Actions icon, then Configure Key Contacts block.
2. Go to the section 'Roles to show' and select Yes to any other roles that need to appear in the block.
Use the participants list for an overview of all users on a particular page, i.e. view a list of all the tutors or all the students. A link is located in the main menu on the left hand side of the page.
1. Within the first block of the main menu, select the Participants link.
2. This screen shows all users (which can be filtered using the 'First name' and 'Surname' to see an individual user) and their last access. Use the 'Current role' dropdown menu to select only students.
Groups are a function in SOL that can organise your students across a unit/site into discreet groups. Once completed, you can choose to apply these group associations to many items in SOL (such as forums, wikis or assignments, etc.) to enhance the student experience or to aid administration of large cohorts with multiple tutors on a unit.
You are able to:
- create groups
- add students to groups
- apply these groups to items
You can create as many groups as you like in a given SOL site. Students can be put in more than one group. You also have extra control of how you use these extra groups with the Grouping function (see Grouping chapter).
Setting up Groups
1. Locate the Participants link within the main menu on the left hand side of the page.
2. This will take you to your participants list. To access the Groups menu, select the Gear Menu (cog icon), and then select Groups.
3. At the top of this 'Groups' page, select 'Groups' from the three tabs, 'Groups', 'Groupings' and' Overview'.
4. Before you can add students to Groups, create the Groups. At the bottom-left of this page, click Create Group.
5. This will open the settings for the 'Create Group' page. Type the name of the group you want to create in the section marked 'Group Name'.
6. There is no need to complete any other fields to create your group, so click on Save Changes.
Adding Students to Groups
1. Now you have created your groups, start adding students to them.
On the main Groups page, notice the groups listed in the left-hand column. Select the one to add students to, then click on the Add/Remove Users button, underneath the right-hand column.
2. On this 'Add/Remove Users' page, notice a list in the 'Potential Members' column on the right. These are users attached to the site that are not yet in this group. Highlight the name of a student that you wish to add (to highlight multiple users at once, press the 'CTRL' key as you click). Once complete, click Add.
3. The user(s) are added to the 'Group Members' column on the left.
4. Once complete, click the Back To Groups button to return to the main Groups page.
Now when the appropriate group is selected from the Groups column, you will see the 'Members Of...' the group in the right-hand column.
Once Groups are created and students added to them, it is possible to use them with most items within your SOL site. How they work exactly will differ between tools, but generally it will be in one of two ways:
- For group work, students can see and communicate/work with other students in their group (Forums, Wikis or Chat).
- For administration of your cohort, tutors can choose to display assignments/work by only students in a particular group (Assignments).
1. To change the group settings on a activity, go to the administration settings for that activity. For example, this is the administration block for the 'forum' tool. Click on Edit settings.
2. Scroll down to the section 'Common Module Settings' (if collapsed, click on the small grey arrow to reveal the section). Go to the drop-down menu called 'Group Mode'. By default it is set to 'No Groups'. Choose either 'Separate Groups' or 'Visible Groups'.
3. Scroll down to the bottom of the settings page and click Save and display.
4. Once set up, you should be able to see the following drop-down list at the top-left of the activity that you've made 'Group' compatible. This will allow you to shift between the work of your different groups.
Unless you are using 'Visible Group' settings in a piece of group work, the students will experience this item seamlessly. They will not see the 'Group' settings, they will just experience the item in the groups/setting that you want them to.
You can have as many Groups per site as you want, and students can be added to multiple groups, too. The main reason you might use several groups, and add students to multiple groups, is that you may wish to split a cohort up in more than one way.
However, this means SOL can end up with a lot of groups that aren't related to each other. The way SOL differentiates between these is by using Groupings.
Below is a cohort of 20 students split up into two groups of ten, based on their seminar sessions. The same cohort is then split up into five groups of four to work in groups. If you want to target your seminar groups with information via a forum you will need separate groups set up for group work in an assignment.
This is achieved by creating two 'Groupings', one containing the Tuesday and Thursday Groups, and the other containing Groups One to Five, as shown below:
|Students||Grouping 1: Session Groups||Grouping 2: Work Groups|
|1||Tuesday Group||Group One|
When applying the 'Groups' setting to an activity, such as a Forum or Assignment, you are given the option to choose which 'Grouping' you wish to be observed for that activity. This tells SOL which criteria you want your cohort to be divided up for this item.
See the next sub-chapters on how to achieve this.
Setting up Groupings
Now you have created 'Groups', you need to set up 'Groupings' from the Groups page by selecting the Groupings tab. The image below shows that there are currently no groupings available.
1. Click on the Create Grouping button.
2. On the 'Create Grouping' form, fill in the 'Grouping name' text.
3. Click Save changes to be taken back to the 'Groupings overview' page.
4. Your 'grouping' can be seen in the table, but there are no groups in it. To add groups, click the Show Groups In Grouping button (two people icon).
5. You are on the 'Add/Remove Groups' page for this 'Grouping'. Highlight the groups you want in this 'Grouping' in the right-hand column, and click Add.
6. Click Back To Groupings, once you've added your groups.
7. Back to the 'Groupings overview' page you will see the choices you've made reflected in the table.
The primary way of using groupings is as a means of splitting a cohort into groups using more than one criteria.
1. To define which grouping you wish to use in a particular SOL activity, such as a Forum or an Assignment, go to 'edit settings' for the item.
2. Scroll down to the 'Common Module Settings' section. If this section is collapsed, just click on the small grey arrow to open.
3. select the 'Group Mode', as discussed in a previous chapter.
4. select the 'Grouping' that you wish to be used for this item from the drop-down 'Grouping' list.
5. Click on the Save and display button at the bottom of the page.
You have now associated this item with a Grouping, and the Groups in that grouping will be used when students interact with it.