Besides the courses, the groups are the second central element of OPAL. Groups serve communicational and organizational purposes among users or within a course. The different kinds of groups offer various opportunities to shape your work on the learning management system:
• Regulation of access and visibility of certain course contents
• Enrolment and administration of participants
• Self-organization of students
• Assignment of permissions for course administration and group organization
• Communication among participants
• Provision of selected group tools
The central learning management system operates with 3 different group formats, which provide cooperative and specialized learning and working as well as the creation and administration of digital learning sources.
Hereinafter, the formats and the group tools will be described shortly. Detailed information about all functions and possibilities can be found within the corresponding chapters.
Each OPAL user is allowed to compile project groups independently from learning sources resp. courses. Therefore, project groups are a convenient tool for student’s self-organization and group work independent from resources, which can only be administrated by the authors.
Further information about working groups can be found within the chapter “Project groups”.
OPAL’s learning groups are always connected with a course. Learning groups can only be created by authors, but they cannot be created outside resp. independently from a learning source. Through the membership in learning groups of the learning management system OPAL, you can control access and visibility of learning sources resp. single course elements, for example the supervision of enrolment or course materials.
Further information about learning groups can be found within the chapter “Learning groups”.
Right groups are like learning groups bound to a course. Right groups are part of the right management, which controls the assignment of rights to course editing and group management. Through right groups, authors can provide specific rights for group, course and/or assessment management of their learning sources to other users without giving them owners’ rights for the course.
Further information about right groups can be found in the chapter “Right groups”.
To each of the above mentioned groups, various tools can be assigned via group management. The tools will serve to support communication and collaboration between the involved group members resp. tutors of the respective groups.
Further information about group tools can be found within the chapter “Group tools”.