3. Managing a Team

MANAGING A TEAM

Creating and managing a great course along with its discussion forum is a lot of work, and as a lead instructor you’ll need the help of a team of teaching assistants, teaching fellows or undergraduate volunteers.

You will also need to collaborate with software developers, video or media experts, instructional designers and other specialists.


ROLES IN STUDIO AND LMS

The course team’s roles in Open edX are well defined.

In Studio, as an administrator, you will be able to add course team members and even grant them admin roles.

In the LMS, you will be able to assign several administrative roles:

Team members with the Staff role to complete these tasks:

    • View the course before its start date.
    • Enroll and unenroll students.
    • Access student grades.
    • Reset student attempts to answer a question correctly.
    • Email course participants.


Team members with the
Admin role have access to all of the same options for running the course as the Staff of the course. They can also complete these tasks.

    • Add and remove Course Staff.
    • Add and remove other Instructors.
    • Add and remove Beta Testers.
    • Add and remove Discussion Admins, Discussion Moderators, and Discussion Community TAs.
  • Beta Testers can see course content before the rest of the students can; they can make sure that the content is correct, but have no additional privileges.
  • Discussion Admins can edit or delete any post, clear misuse flags, close and re-open threads, endorse responses, and see posts from all cohorts. They can add or delete other moderators, and their posts are marked as “staff”.
  • Discussion Moderators have the same privileges as Discussion Admins, aside from adding or deleting other moderators. 
  • Discussion Community TAs are members of the community who are particularly helpful on the discussion boards. They can edit or delete any post, clear misuse flags, close and re-open threads, endorse responses, and see posts from all cohorts. Their posts are marked as “Community TA”. This role is often given to students.


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