OpenOLAT works with a roles and rights management. First two user types are differentiated. These are:
System users can get one ore more roles additionally.
The access to certain sections like the authoring, the question bank or the coaching tool can be defined system wide independent of the role. This setting can be done by the administrator in the administration → Customizing → Sites.
Users can be added to a course either directly as a member or via a group.
If a user is added to a course it can be defined which member rights the user should get in this course.
In a group it is distinguished between coach and participant.
The group coach has almost the same rights as the course coach. In courses, where his group is assigned to, he has access right to the assessment tool as well as to the test and survey statistic. In the assessment tool he can only see the participants of his group.
In the user management of a course and then Rights further rights can be given to coaches or participants of assigned groups.
Course rights as well as group rights are independent of the role which a user got system wide in the user management. A system user without an assigned role can be course owner, course coach or group coach.