Ultimately, a course and an organization have the same functions.
Course vs. Organization
- Courses have a fixed start and end date; Organizations are "Open Ended."
- Faculty can create their own courses, whereas, users must put in an IT Support Center ticket to request that an organization be created.
- Only Faculty and Staff can request the creation of an organization. If a student needs to create an organization, a faculty member's eID and enrollment as a "Co-Leader" must be included in the request.
- Courses are automatically populated via the banner enrollment file; Leaders must manually enroll users to their organization.
- Course and Organization user roles have different names but the same privileges.
- Faculty vs Leader
- Student vs Participant
- Teaching Assistant vs Assistant
- Course Builder vs Organization Builder
- Grader vs Grader
- Guest vs Guest
- Courses are automatically archived after a period of time; Organization, currently (this could possibly change) are not deleted until requested by the Leader(s).
- Courses can be merged/cross-listed with other courses or sections; Organizations cannot be merged/cross-listed.
- Courses usually have assessments and grades and that is usually not the case in an organization. Although, Organizations do have a grade center the same as a Course and are capable of the same features.
** In this section, if something is not otherwise stated for an organization, it is safe to assume the course and organization work the exact same way.
This article was updated: 12/7/2017