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Essential ideas of OpenOLAT are various roles and rights that can be assigned to users. Each user can take on one of four main roles:

  • Guest: Guests, who are not registered, will have only limited access to OpenOLAT. They can see learning content that is open to the public; however, they cannot participate in any learning activities such as contributing to a forum discussion. The login page provides a link to that guest access.
  • Registered OpenOLAT user: Each user has a distinct user name; this name cannot be altered after registration. Users may benefit from open learning content and participate in all learning activities. In addition there is storage space as well as a homepage at each user's disposal that can be configured individually. A registered user can furthermore create his own groups.
  • Author: An author can create or import learning content for his course participants. Additionally authors can manage participants within groups before archiving or deleting them after that course has ended. Registered users can apply for author rights at their appropriate support services.
  • System administrator: A system administrator assigns rights, manages users, and deletes obsolete learning content. Get in contact with your system administrator via support services.

Besides these four main roles there are others that are seldom used such as the group manager, the user manager, the  question bank manager and the learning resource manager. These roles are part of those responsibilities a system administrator bears.

The role basically dictates the rights a user has in OpenOLAT. It is also possible to assign additional rights to users. You can for instance allow a registered OpenOLAT user to supervise groups and to evaluate group participants. You can even add any author as owner (co-author) to your course which means that this new owner has the right to edit your course as well.

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