If you create a new group you are automatically coach of this group. Coaches of a group get the link "Administration" in the menu in the group. You can manage the group, but also announce users to coaches, delete groups and configure some more settings.
Under the tab "Description" you can change the group name, add a description, read out the link to the group, limit the number of group participants and activate a waiting list, if required.
In the tab Tools the group can be provided by collaborative tools. At a later point the tools can be edited or removed here.
In order for the tools to be available in groups, they must be activated by the OpenOlat administrator. This is especially true for BigBlueButton, OpenMeetings, Wiki, Calendar. If certain tools are not available to you as a group owner, they have been deactivated by the OpenOlat administrator.
The following tools are available for group use. Once a tool is activated, its corresponding icon will be visible in the group menu on the left.
|Information||If the tool "Information" is activated it can be defined, if only group coaches also group participants can create messages. The own created messages can be edited always. As group coach all messages can be edited and deleted.|
|If the tool "E-mail" is activated, non-members of a group are able to use the mail function and contact group coaches and/or participants. E-Mail can thus also be sent out of the members list.|
|Calendar||You can put a calendar at the disposal of your group to record joint events. Furthermore you can determine the calendar's write access, that is, who will have the right to record data. Further information on calendar functions can be found in the calendar chapter.|
|Folder||You enable members of your group to exchange files by using a folder. The available storage capacity is 10 MB. Furthermore you can determine the folder's write access, that is, who will have the right to record files. Further information to the folder can be found here.|
|Forum||You provide your group with a forum for discussions. As coach of a group you have the right to edit and delete contributions as well as to write new ones. Participants of a group can write contributions, however, they are not allowed to neither edit nor delete contributions of others. For more info on working with forums, click here.|
|Chat||You can provide this group with a private chat room. You will see who else is present in the group chat. Enter the chat room to communicate with others in real time.|
|Wiki||You can put a Wiki at the disposal of your group to jointly create learning content. You can find more info on working with wikis here.|
|ePortfolio||You can provide this group with a Portfolio 2.0. Use a portfolio to jointly create a binder or add entries.|
|OpenMeetings||If you activated and saved OpenMeetings, a virtual classroom is at the group's disposal.|
Once BigBlueButton has been activated and saved, the group has access to a virtual meeting room or virtual classroom. The group administrator can configure whether only the group administrators or all members can create and manage appointments.
In the group, only the BigBlueButton templates generally activated for groups are available. These may differ from the room templates in courses.
If a group member is a coach, course owner, author or administrator in the OpenOlat system, other BigBlueButton room templates may be available to him/her.
The functionality of BigBlueButton is described in the course element BigBlueButton.
In the tab "Members" you determine whom the members are allowed to see, the coaches and/or participants. With the option "Alls users can see coaches" and "All users can see participants" the list of group members can be activated for all system users in on the visiting card, visible public. If the waiting list is activated, it can be defined if it should be visible for members or all users.
The option "Users can download the list of members" additionally allows participants to download the list of members as excel file and to print it.
If you enable the option "Members can leave the group" in the Membership configuration, group participants are allowed to leave the group on their own volition. If not checked, you will be notified via mail if a member wishes to leave the group. The participant must then be removed manually from the group.
You can also add more group Members.
There are two different ways to allocate members to a group:
OpenOlat users enroll on their own
To enable users to enroll themselves, the group must either be published, or accessible through the course element "Enrollment". Public groups are suited for projects or course independent trainings. The first option is suitable for groups with many participants, for participants you do not know yet or for participants who should decide on their own in which group or topic they want to register (e.g. when assigning tasks to be performed in groups). When configuring the course element, please determine in which group(s) your participants should be able to register. For more information about publishing groups, please refer to the section "Publishing and booking configuration".
The course owner or group coach allocates members to groups
The second option is suitable for participants you already know to which groups they belong to and if you want to make sure that only those will be able to register who qualify for your group.
Participants are added in the lower section of the Members tab in the group administration. You can either search for members and upload them or import them. The users can either be added as participants or coaches.
When clicking on the icon "Download table" (below the button "Add users") an excel file containing all owners or participants of a group will be generated.
A group can be linked to several courses, and a a course may have several embedded groups. OpenOlat does not restrict the number of embedded courses.
Groups are often used in courses for controlled enrollment, for the assignment of papers or to register for field trips. Groups and courses can be linked in two ways:
In the tab "Publishing and booking configuration" you configure the access control for that specific group. This is especially important, if a group is used independently from a course. If the group is linked to a course there is no need to set up this tab. Booking can be understood as a synonym of register, enroll or buying.
With the help of a booking method OpenOlat users can register themselves to a group. The following options are available under "Add booking method":
Once a booking method is configured, the group will be listed in the "Published groups" and can thus be searched and booked by users. If no booking method is configured the group is only available for registered users, which has been added to the group by a coach under the tab "members".
You can also configure multiple booking methods. These methods serve as different options the users can choose from. Optionally you can configure a start and end date in order to add a validity period date to each booking method. In that case the booking method is only available during this period. It is also possible to specify just a start or just an end time. If you don't want to restrict the booking method to a specified period just leave the fields empty.
You can delete configured booking methods at any time. The already booked orders will not be affected by this.