The work spaces, as its name indicates, are where certain user groups will be able to collaborate to complete the activities that are defined within the course. Examples of work spaces in our education centre could be an Office Application Suite Course and a TikiWiki Course, Office Application Suite (Ofimática) Course Group A and (Ofimática) Group B ….

In these work spaces, we can identify two different spaces that will share certain characteristics:
  • Course
  • Group of students in a course

Some of each of these work space types will be created later as is necessary.

In order to create a type of work space, we access tiki-workspaces_types.php, which shows the following administration screen:

Administration of types of work space
Administration of types of work space

In order to create the type of work space Course we will complete the following information:
  • Code: A unique code to identify the type of work space, here we will use COURSE.
  • Name: A short version of the code. Here, we will use Course.
  • Description: A long description. We can use Distributed Courses in Centre.
  • MenuID: In this field we indicate the numerical identifier of a previously defined menu in Tiki. This menu will appear associated with all work spaces of the course type we are creating. By default, a menu with identifier 100 exists.
  • Active: allows us to indicate if the type of work space that we are creating is active. If it is active it will be possible to be created new spaces of work of this type, if it is not active a space cannot be created.
  • Hide: If we select this option, all the work spaces of this type will be hidden in the list of individual work spaces (My Workspaces?). In the case of the courses, it is important that they appear in the list, so we will leave this option unchecked. In the case of a student group, we can mark it as hidden, since the groups are always dependent on a specific work space for a course. Users in the group see their course, while users not in the group do not. The users will at all times have access to the groups they are in, and the system will show the groups to students who belong in the course.
  • Allow private user zone: The work spaces allow one user group to collaborate in different forms by means of the use of a set of associated resources from the work space. However, in certain cases, as well as the collaborative capacities, it is necessary to allow users to have private use zones within the common work space. The private workspace zones have the same characteristics of the group workspace with which they are associated and are linked(?) on that space. In the case of courses, it interests to allow to us that these private zones within each course, because we can select a type of space of existing work, which will be created automatically for each user of the course. By default, a type of personal work space exists that will be the one that we select in the list. In the case of the type of work space for a group of students, we can disallow private zones, if we select not allowed in the drop-down list.

In order to finish creating the type of course space, click on the button save (Guardar).

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