Type: Feature Request
Resolution: Won't Fix
Affects Version/s: 2.4.0, 2.4.1, 2.5.0
Fix Version/s: None
Component/s: Section Info
Sections are used for many different uses in course sites. However, the options around how sections can be managed in some cases limit the ability of different uses to coexist. If section categories could be managed individually, it would make the tool considerably more flexible.
Ideally, it should be possible to manage categories within a site (add/remove/rename) as a distinct level of organization.
Each category should then be configurable with the options that are currently globally available, i.e. derive sections from SIS, or manually manage them, and if manually managed, whether students can sign up or switch.
Here's a sample use case (close to a real-life one we have):
1. A course site (Psychology 1) has two course codes (SIS sections) associated with it, PSY1001 and PSY1003. The site owners would like to be able to target resources, view gradebook entries, etc. for these 2 cohorts individually.
2. Students are required to sign up for tutorial groups at the start of the course. After 2 weeks, they may no longer join or switch groups themselves.
3. 6 weeks into the course, students are required to organize themselves into project groups.
These 3 uses cannot co-exist at the moment; 1 and 2 differ for being externally vs internally managed, and 2 and 3 require different join/switch options for internally managed sections.