Introduction to Communities

Create and manage online communities for a variety of purposes


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Communities Introduction

A community can be set up by any user to provide a space to share documents, have online discussion, and more. It can be set up as public, or as protected and only accessed by authenticated users. There are three types of communities which can be used for different purposes. The three types are:
  1. Community
  2. Course website
  3. Learning module
All communities can be configured to include features like announcements, discussion boards, document sharing, quizzes, events, and polling.
Communities is one of the few modules of Elentra that is not organization specific. That means you can see communities created within one organization across all organizations and you can add users from any organization to any community. When users are logged in they can access any of their communities without toggling between their organizations.
Typically, an organization's staff maintains course website communities, committee communities, and learning modules. Individual users can create communities for their study groups, professional learning communities, sports teams, and other clubs. 
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All users (except guests invited to participate in an Elentra community) have the ability to:

  • Create a community
  • Administer a community
  • View community members

Note: Students do not have the ability to create an official course website that is connected to the course in Admin > Manage Courses > Content Tab

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Communities Pre-Conditions

In order to use all features of the Communities module, the following components must be built within Elentra:

  • Courses (for course websites)

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Database Settings

Database Setting Description
Controls whether users can leave communities they were added to by an admin.
Use this option to hide program coordinators from the course website.
Use this option to control whether or not users viewing files on a Documents page can see previous file versions.
Control whether or not learners enrolled in a course will automatically be added to a course website.
Use this option to automatically provision all faculty associated with a course as administrators of the corresponding course website.

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