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Course Element: Wiki

Use a Wiki to easily create learning content together with your course participants. A Wiki is suitable for doing group work; it can serve as documentation tool or as some sort of knowledge base for your studies and projects.

If you can't find the "Wiki" course element in the course editor, it was disabled by a system adminstrator.

The course element "Wiki" helps you to embed a Wiki in your course. Just click on "Select, create or import Wiki" in the tab "Wiki learning content" to assign a Wiki already existing or to create a new one. The chapter "Creating Wikis" will tell you how to do so step by step. If you have not already selected a Wiki yet the title Selected Wiki will show the message No Wiki selected.

If you have already added a Wiki its name will appear in the field along with the button Show preview on your above right. In order to change the assignment of a Wiki click on "Replace Wiki" in the tab "Wiki learning content" before selecting another Wiki.

In general all course participants have read and write permission in a Wiki. Only those OpenOLAT users who have created the Wiki or users appointed as owners are allowed to delete Wiki pages. These preset rights can be adapted in the tab "Access" of the respective course element according to your needs.

In the chapter "Learning Activities in Courses," section "Wiki", you will find more information on how to adapt the Wiki syntax, how to create new pages, and how to view different versions of a Wiki page.

Course Element: Forum

By means of the course element "Forum" you can provide your course with the possibility to communicate online, e.g. to discuss questions regarding the course content among your course participants. In the chapter "Learning Activities in Courses" you will get further information on opening topics and replying to questions; see section "Forum".

Generally all course participants have read and write permission in a forum. All course authors and tutors dispose of the option to moderate a forum additionally. These preset rights can be adapted in the tab "Access" of the respective course element according to your needs.

Forum: permission to moderate

By means of this field you can determine the access as moderator to the forum, e.g. the conditions of moderating the forum.

The box "Blocked for learners" is checked by default. This is in contrast to other course elements whose default settings are not restricted.

Moderators hold the following rights:

  • Editing and deleting all posts in a forum; attaching files.
  • Prioritizing threads (sticky): a certain discussion subject will always appear on top of a list.
  • Closing discussion: it will no longer be possible to reply to a certain discussion subject.
  • Hiding discussion: a certain subject will no longer appear in the forum list.
  • Displaying discussion: hidden subject will be displayed anew.
  • Filter for persons: on the forum's overview page posts of every single course participant can be displayed.
  • Archiving forum: posts and attached files will be zipped before storing them in your personal folder.

Write permission

By means of this field you can determine the access as writer to the forum, e.g. the conditions of writing contributions to a discussion. If you do not make alterations all participants will be able to write contributions at any time.

Read permission

By means of this field you can determine the access as reader to the forum, e.g. the conditions of reading contributions to a discussion. If you do not make alterations the forum will be open for participants at any time.

For more information on the other restriction options, please go to General Configuration of Course Elements.

A course author can also use the forum to notify course participants in the short term. Just configure your forum in the tab "Access" accordingly, i.e. that only course authors have write permission. Advise your course participants on subscribing to the forum to be up-to-date.

Course Element: File Dialog

The course element "File dialog" provides you with preset discussion forums; in contrast to an ordinary forum, dialogs here are explicitly based on certain documents. Use such a file dialog to let your course participants discuss e.g. scientific articles or papers.

In the tab "Forum/storage configuration" you can upload documents in the storage folder of your file discussion by clicking on "Upload file." During the course, these files will appear on a list; using it your users can have a look at those files, upload them or even start a forum. You can also determine if your file dialog should be included in your course or if it should be displayed in a new window (Open forum in pop-up). In the chapter "Learning Activities in Courses" you will get more information on how to upload files or how to open topics and reply to questions; see section "File Dialog".

In general all course participants have read and write permission in a forum and may upload or download files. All course authors and tutors additionally dispose of the option to moderate a file dialog. These preset rights can be adapted in the tab "Access" of the respective course element according to your needs. The right to moderate has already been explained in the section "Course Element: Forum."

File dialog: permission to moderate

By means of this field you can determine the moderation of your file dialogs as well as the write permission for stored files, i.e., the conditions concerning the file dialog's moderation or the way how files can be uploaded or deleted.

The box "Blocked for learners" is checked by default. This is in contrast to other course elements whose default settings are not restricted.

Write permission

By means of this field you can determine write permissions concerning your file dialogs as well as your stored files, i.e., the conditions regarding postings or the way how files can be uploaded or deleted.

Read permission

By means of this field you can determine read permissions regarding your file dialogs and your stored files, i.e., the conditions concerning the availability of postings, files, and downloads.

For more information on the other restriction options, please go to General Configuration of Course Elements.

Course Element: Participant list

Unlike the member management course tool, which is only visible for course owners, the course element "Participant list" provides a list of all course members to those OpenOLAT users allowed to open the respective course. Members are listed depending on their role within the course as either course administrator, coach or participant.

By linking the member names to their OpenOLAT visiting card as well as the OpenOLAT mail service, this course element facilitates contacting your fellow course members directly from within the course.

Course Element: Virtual Classroom

The course element "Virtual Classroom" allows you to hold virtual meetings with either Adobe Connect or Wimba. The virtual classroom is especially suited for lectures and presentations. The templates allow the use of differently configured virtual rooms.

The virtual meeting room facilitates communication via video, audio and text as well as screen sharing. Depending on the software you are using, a range of other functions are at your disposal.

Please consult the context sensitive help for further information concerning configuration and use of this course element.

Course Element: vitero

The "vitero" course element allows you to embed the vitero system for web conferencing, e-collaboration, live e-learning and language learning into your course. vitero (virtual team room) enables you to create meetings for up to 12 participants plus moderator.

The virtual meeting room facilitates communication via text, audio and video as well as document and desktop sharing. The vitero system can be used for virtual team meetings, but also supports e.g. lectures ("chalk-and-talk"). All meetings work with the three temporary roles of moderator, assistant moderator and participant, thus reflecting the olat course roles administrator, coach and participant.

In order for you to be able to see and use the vitero course element, the system must be enabled by an administrator. Additionally, your OpenOLAT provider must have a valid vitero license.

Please consult the context sensitive help for further information concerning configuration and use of the vitero course element.

Course Element: OpenMeetings

The course element"OpenMeetings" allows you to embed the Open Source solution "OpenMeeting" for online conferencing, virtual classrooms and interviews into your course. OpenMeetings enables you to create meetings for up to 150 participants. OpenMeeting differentiates between three different types of online meetings:

  • Conference for 1-25 Users
  • Webinar for 1-150 Users
  • Interviews or 2 Users

The virtual meeting room facilitates communication via chat, video and audio as well as screen and file sharing. In addition to that, OpenMeetings also provides the users with a whiteboard with different tools. Meetings can be recorded, and can be viewed afterwards in the course element. OpenMeetings supports the role of moderator, which can be enabled for each classroom. You can provide more than one virtual room to your participants by embedding several OpenMeetings course elements into your course.

In order for you to be able to see and use the OpenMeetings course element, the module must be enabled by an administrator. Additionally, you must have a configured OpenMeetings server at your disposal.
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