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Permissions and roles

To complete the procedures in this article, you must be assigned a role having the necessary permissions. This often excludes Students and TAs by default. To determine your role, follow the directions in Participant roles.

For a basic understanding of roles and permissions, see Permissions and roles.

Many instructors would like to create a Topic or Forum in the Forums tool that can only be accessed by a group of students and the instructor(s).

In Forums, you can set permissions to control access while you're creating a new forum or topic (see Creating a new forum and topic in Forums), or when you're editing an existing forum or topic (see Revising or deleting a forum or topic).

In the Forum Settings or Topic Settings Under Permissions, you can modify permission levels for participant roles (and groups, if you've created them; see Managing groups). To do so, from the list under "Permissions", select a role (or group) for editing by clicking its name. Then, next to "Permission Level:", use the drop-down list to select from several predefined permission levels.

[edit] Forum/Topic Permissions

The level of permissions or access to a Forum or Topic are assigned be either a participants Role or Group.

Default forum permissions for students
Default forum permissions for students

Permission levels can be assigned based on a few defaults or with custom settings. The defaults are:

  • Author
  • Contributor - Can contribute but not modify settings or even their own previous messages. The default for students.
  • None
  • Nonediting Author
  • Owner - Full control of Forum or Topic. The default for Instructors
  • Reviewer
  • Custom-Your selection from the settings below.


Note: Forum permission settings will apply to all subsequently created topics in that forum, but if you modify forum permission settings after topics have been created, you must change the topic permission settings separately.

Additionally, you can create custom permission levels by clicking to enable or disable the following functions:

  • New Forum: Create a new forum. You can modify this option only via Template Settings.
  • New Topic: Create a new topic. You can modify this option only via Template Settings or Forum Settings.
  • New Response: Create a new response to your topic.
  • Response to Response: Send responses to a topic response.
  • Post to Gradebook: Grade responses and add comments.
  • Send grades and comments to Gradebook.
  • Change Settings: Change the topic settings.
  • Read: Read topic responses.
  • Mark as Read: Mark messages as read.
  • Moderate Postings: Moderate messages posted to forum (available if "Moderate Topics in Forum" option was selected above).
  • Edit Postings: Use the radio buttons to indicate which postings participants with the permission level can revise (none, their own, or all postings).
  • Delete Postings: Use the radio buttons to indicate which postings participants with the permission level can delete (none, their own, or all postings).


[edit] Example: Group-based Forums or Topics With Restricted Access


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YouTube/Podcast - Groups & Forums
   



Find more videos for instructors at the Welcome To Sakai Webinar article, or look in the Video Category

This example assumes that groups have already been created in the course. For information on creating groups please see Manage_Groups

In this example the most importing settings are inside the permissions area the following site roles are modified:

  • The Student role is set to None
  • The respective group is set to Contributor


This particular scenario really is best described in the attached video.

[edit] Examples

One way to organize the Forums tool for group work is to create a forum for each issue or theme and a topic for each group.  This is approach makes it easier to lock older areas.
One way to organize the Forums tool for group work is to create a forum for each issue or theme and a topic for each group. This is approach makes it easier to lock older areas.
If the course has consistent groups and a large focus of the course the instructor might want to organize the Forums tool so that each group has its own forum.  This allows the instructor to restrict access to each group's forum and then creating topics for each group's issue or themes they are to discuss is less complicated.
If the course has consistent groups and a large focus of the course the instructor might want to organize the Forums tool so that each group has its own forum. This allows the instructor to restrict access to each group's forum and then creating topics for each group's issue or themes they are to discuss is less complicated.


Other articles about Isaak/Sakai's tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools:   Image:Flag blue.png Announcements | Image:Page edit.png Assignments | Image:Lessons-icon.png Lessons | Image:Comments.png Forums | Image:Report.png Gradebook | Image:Folder.png Resources | Image:Calendar.png Schedule | Image:Pencil.png Tests and Quizzes

More Tools:   Image:User comment.png Chat Room | Image:Folder page.png Drop Box | Image:House.png Home | Image:Comment.png Messages | Image:Chart bar.png Statistics | Image:Page world.png Web Content


Related articles:   How to add tools to your course | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and roles | Contact the CPI for help

This article is based on the equivalent Sakai project help article.

The Sakai Educational Community License is deemed to be compatible with this sites Project:Copyrights which are under the Creative Commons 2.5 Licence. You can view the original Sakai help documentation, unedited, at http://kumu.brocku.ca/sakai/help/

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