One of the ways in which Affiliations in Genius help you manage your learning initiative is by helping you restrict access to Sections based on a learner’s Affiliation. We covered Affiliations in detail in the other articles in this Knowledge Base. In this Article, we will briefly cover how you can use Affiliations to restrict access to a Section you create in Genius.
This feature is extremely useful, and you can take advantage of it to tailor access to your learning content as a function of your user's classification.
Restricting Access to a Section by Affiliation
When you assign a section to an Affiliation, only learners from that affiliation can be enrolled in it. To do this, click on the Sections tab, and then find the section you want to work on the Active Sections list that appears after you click that tab. Click on the section you want to edit, and then click the Edit Information menu item in the sidebar to the right-hand side of your screen.
When you access Edit Information, the following screen should appear:
To restrict access to a course based on an Affiliation, you can use the Affiliation drop-down menu in the Edit Information page. Remember: Affiliations are nested. If you select the topmost Affiliation in a group under the Affiliation selection, all Learners who belong to that Affiliation’s Sub-Affiliations will have access to the section. If you select the last Affiliation in the group, only the learners that belong to that Affiliation will have access to the course.
If you want any learner from any affiliation to have access to that Section, then the entry under Affiliation should be assigned to “Any”.
What about the Course Catalog?
Assigning Sections to Affiliations has effects on the Course Catalog available to your learners. If a Section is available in the Course Catalog and you restrict it to be available to learners with a specific Affiliation, then only those Learners will see that Section in their version of the Course Catalog.
This is a key way in which you can use Affiliations to tailor the way your Course Catalog is displayed, ensuring that you can still use a self-service registration model even when you are offering learning opportunities that are exclusive to a smaller ‘subset’ of learners within your learning initiative.