A user is a person, student or learner ie. someone that will actually be doing a course.
1. Add a new user
For your users to have access to courses their credentials first need to be entered into Comet (unless you are using a PLAC). Enter all the required credentials of the person who will have access to courses.
2. Import users from a file
User credentials may also be added o Comet by importing them from a text file. Create a comma-delimited text file as described below and import it into Comet:
- There is only basic of checking of the contents of the text file
- Open and check the text file in Windows Notepad to make sure there are no "rogue" characters
- Save the text file with a .txt extension. Files with other file extensions will not be read.
- Do not have any blank lines
- Any line beginning with a # will be ignored
- Only have one user's credentials per line
- The order of the crednetials for a user must be:
- First name,
- Last name,
And the optional items
- Additional field 1,
- Additional field 2,
- Additional field 3,
- Additional field 4,
- Additional field 5.
- Separate items with a single comma
- If a user is 'enabled' set the item to yes otherwise set it to no
- The maximum length for any single item (except Notes) is 80 characters (including any spaces)
- The maximum length for Notes is 255 spaces (including any spaces)
- If a user does not have any notes then their notes should be na
- Do not end a line with a comma
- If a credential is missing the user will not be added to the Comet
- If Username is the same as the Password the user will not be added to the database
- The username must be an email address unique to the user.
- If Password is not at least 6 characters long the user will not be added to the database
- Usernames and Passwords are not case sensitive. For example, "pASswORd" and "PassWord" are treated the same.
- The credential that must be unique is the Username
- Do not have any leading or trailing spaces
- Do not use single quotes ('), double quotes ("), extra commas (,), or backslashes (\) - there may be other "invalid" characters.
- The presence of any of these will result in the entry being rejected: * / [ ] ; % -- (double contigous dash)
- Servers typically have a default limit on the size of a file that may be read - often it is 200K
- Additional fields are optional and they allow you to add more credentials to help you identify a user.
If you use them you must give values for earlier items before later ones. For example, if you have a value for Additional field 3 then there must be values for Additional fields 1 and 2.
- The following is an example of the contents of a text file:
Mona,Bacalle,email@example.com,penand1nk,tel 9123 4567,yes
- As importing users from a text file is a relatively intense process (with respect to the number of "hits" on the databases) it is not recommended to try to import more than 50 users at one time.
- In our experience the only time that the process of importing users took such a long that the server timed-out was due to the system sending out emails.
For some reason it took an inordinate amount of time.
It was resolved by creating an SMTP server within IIS and use it for sending emails from Comet, and then setting "Preferences > Email configuration > Mechanism to send emails (sendusing)" to 1 (one) to use a "pickup" folder.
3. Edit an existing user
Use this wizard to modify the credentials of a user already in Comet
4. Delete a user
Delete/remove an existing user completely from Comet. Deleting a user will also delete any and all data relating to that user in Comet.
5. Enrol user in a course
Users may only attempt courses that they are currently enrolled in:
- Once you have attached a lesson and created a course you may enrol a user. That is, allow someone to actually sit the course.
- You may set various limits on the enrolment: an expiration date; the number of allowable assessment attempts; and, the number of times a lesson may be launched.
6. Edit a user's course enrolment
Here you may edit/add/remove the various limits of a user's enrolment in a course/
7. Remove user from a course
Unenrol a user from a course - after which the user will no longer have any access to the course.
8. Reset a user's lesson status
Users cannot reattempt, for example, 'for credit' lessons once they have been passed. Here you may reset all the lessons in a course allowing the user to reattempt them.
9. View a user's details
View a summary of a user's details, including course enrolments, and to send email notifications.
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