Introduction and Creating Groups
In your LMS platform, users can be categorized based on groups, or by branches of the organization chart. Groups are useful whenever there is a set of users with characteristics that are different than those determining the branches of the organization chart. Groups can be enrolled directly into courses and learning plans.
To create a new group, log into the platform as the Superadmin and access the Admin Menu from the gear icon in the top right corner of the platform. In the Admin Menu, press the Groups item in the E-Learning section.
On the main Groups page, you will see an action bar at the top and a list of the groups you’ve created on the bottom of the page. Select the Create button in the action bar to create a new group. Then, in the pop up box, assign a name and description to the group. Then, choose the policy for the group’s population process (either manual or automatic) and press Next.
Manually Adding Users to Groups
Once you’ve created a group with manual user assigned, press the Assign Users item in the pop up box. On the next page, press the Assign Users button. In the pop up box, select which users to assign to this group. You can also select other populations of users in different groups or branches to assign to the group. When finished, press Confirm.
Please note: When you are selecting branches of users of your organization chart to add them into a group, please note that in order to make it easier and faster to select branches, you will see a text input field to type in branch names rather than a list of branches to select if you have more than 1,000 branches in your platform.
The platform will then display the list of the selected users on the group’s Assign Users page. Please note that a user can be assigned to more that one group. Users of a group can be added or removed at anytime. Press the X icon in a user’s item to remove the user from the group.
You can create groups and auto-populate them based on user additional fields, or by role if you’re using the Perform module. When you first create your group, flag the option to Define rules to automatically assign users to this group, then assign the name and description and press Next.
Now, set the additional fields that will be used to populate the group. Select the additional fields that will be associated to this group from the dropdown menu, and insert the related values. This means that all of the users associated with this specific additional field value can be included in the group.
You can use any kind of additional field type except the following: upload file field. You can also combine different filters and different additional fields. Furthermore, you can decide if the rule must satisfy all of the conditions, or at least one.
Please note: When using text field or text area as a condition for group assignment, users must enter the text exactly as it appears in your rule (conditions are case sensitive), or the rule will not be applied. Therefore, we recommend using pre-populated fields as conditions for group assignments. This eliminates the chance of typographical errors, issues with special characters or formatting.
This operation can be retroactive. Simply mark the checkbox to Apply to existing users that satisfy the conditions above in order to include the existing users who match the new requirements. From then on, all of the new users associated with specified additional fields will be included in this group. Alternatively, removing the additional field value that assigned the user to the group will remove the user from the group. Please note: If users were automatically enrolled in any courses, they will remain enrolled in them after being removed from the group.
If you enable users to change their profiles (Advanced Settings menu > Users tab > “In user profile, enable the change password option only” option disabled), they will be able to set also the additional fields that are visible to them. By doing so, you will allow them to choose to which automatic group to belong (in this way, you might make some catalogs visible or not) and also to which courses to enroll themselves (if you use group based enrollment rules).
Remember that, in case of need, it is possible to manually add users also to automatic groups.