In this section you learn how you can display participants of a course or of an institution according to their functions or groups.
The purpose of groups
In many situations it can be helpful to arrange to participants of a course or of an institution according to functions or groups. In a course this could be the following:
- Classification of the student according to the type of credit obtained (no credit, Certificate of attendance, credit). You then see at a glance which students must perform well…
- Classification of the students according to areas of competence. In a practical course, for example, teamwork should be promoted; to achieve this, the course is divided into “designers” and “programmers”.
- The course’s term papers are written in groups. You can administer these simply as such and stay on top of things…
Classifications are nearly indispensible for every institution:
- To map the hierarchies of an institution (lecturer, mid-level factulty, administration, etc.)
- To map areas of competence or professorial chairs (a professor and his staff)
- To delimit thematic focuses, etc.
The person view is similar to the participant view. However, it is set up for the area of functions or groups, i.e. the users are now displayed in groups.
With the @ symbol on the respective header bar of the group headings you have the option of sending all group members a mail.
This function does not really correspond to Stud.IP’s basic idea: i.e. conducting all communication via a uniform medium. The normal way would be to place a corresponding news item or a contribution in the Forum. Therefore, attempt to avoid mass mails whenever it is possible and use them only in exceptional cases.
With the normal letter symbol you can send an Internal system message to the user as usual.
Depending on your permission status, you have various additional action options in the information window to the right of the person’s name.
Creating and changing functions and groups
From tutor status upward, you can define arbitrary functions and groups, and assign people to them.
To achieve this, use the Administering functions and groups link.