Isolated institutions is a feature that allows locking down access for
members of institutions so that they are separated entirely and disallow
contact between members of one institution with members of another
* Users can only be in one institution at one point in time. Being a member of
multiple institutions is not allowed.
* Members of an institution are regular users, institution staff and
institution admins. They are simply referred to as “Members” or “Members of an
* Only institution staff, institution admins, site staff and site admins can
* Publicly available content and portfolios shared via secret URLs cannot be
controlled as it’s been made public.
* No friends allowed setting, which would also include removing that option
from the account settings.
Summary of changes to Admin -> Configure site -> Site options:
* The “Multiple institutions” option is disabled.
* The “Confirm registration” option on the site level is turned on per default
so that institutions cannot change that setting and every account needs to be
approved. It is then disabled so that the site admin can’t change it.
* Profiles are not shared with “Registered users” automatically. The site
option “Profile access for all registered users” under Site options -> User
settings is turned off and disabled so that the site admin can’t change it.
* An additional setting becomes available that would restrict the searching of
users within an institution to only those users who are in the same groups as
the user performing the search.
* An additional setting is implemented in Site options -> Group settings:
Possibility to hide groups site-wide so they can’t be found in a group search.
Users would only be allowed to see groups that they own or that they are
* Portfolio moderation is turned on by default for regular users (excl. any
staff or admins) and cannot be disabled. If isolated institutions is not used,
moderation can still be required for all institutions and on a per institution
basis. This will be implemented for
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Assignee: (unassigned) => Gregor Anželj (gregor-anzelj)
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I think a very useful feature to have 'closed' or 'controlled' institutions,
whereby the members of one instutution can't see or communicate with members
not in their insitution. This feature would be useful for safeguarding, for
example a college may not want adult college members to be able to communicate
(and potentially 'groom') 14-18 year olds. The 14-18 could be put into a
separate institution to the adult college members, but teachers could be in
both, so could see both sets of learners, but the two sets of learners couldn't
'see' each other.
May also be useful to prevent confusion in large installs with many
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