Create and manage class and study group sites

If you’re a SharePoint site collection administrator for your school’s SharePoint site, you can create and manage class and study group sites using templates in the SharePoint Gallery.

As a site administrator, you’ll install (and have total control over) each site you create. After you install a class or study group site, you can designate someone else (for example, a teacher for a class site, or a student for a study group site) as the site owner. Site owners can add or remove members.

Before you begin, ensure you’ve installed one of the following:

  • SharePoint Server 2010
  • SharePoint Foundation 2010

Class site template

Teachers can use the class site template to:

  • Add class assignments like homework, quizzes, and exams.
  • Add new course materials like study guides and a course syllabus.
  • Add new events to the class calendar (assignment due dates are added automatically).
  • Participate in discussions with students.
  • Check on student submissions to the class site.
  • Add links to external resources relevant to the class.
  • Add class announcements.

The class site will also display a list of students who are enrolled in the class.

Study group template

Students can use the study group template to:

  • Track deadlines and meeting dates.
  • Share documents with the rest of the study group.
  • Participate in discussions with the rest of the group.
  • Assign tasks to individual students in the group.
  • Add links to external resources relevant to the study group.

The study group site will also display a list of students who belong to the study group.

Download the class and study group site templates

There are two ways to download the class and study group templates.

Browse Office.com

  1. Sign in to a SharePoint site collection.
  2. On the Site Actions menu, click Site Settings.
  3. In the Galleries section, click Solutions.
  4. Click the Solutions tab, and then click Browse Office.com.
  5. Click Classroom and Study Group Templates. The Classroom and Study Group Templates download page appears.
  6. Click Download, and then accept the Microsoft Service Agreement to install the solution in your site collection.

Download the templates to your computer

  1. Go to Classroom and Study Group Templates, and then click Download.
  2. Accept the Microsoft Service Agreement to save the solution to your computer (or to a share). After the solution is downloaded, you’ll need to upload it to your site collection in order to create class and study group sites.

 Important    After your download has completed, verify that you’ve activated the Three-state workflow feature. This feature will automatically update your calendar with assignment due dates.

  1. On the Site Actions menu, click Site Settings.
  2. In the Site Collection Administration section, click Site collection features.
  3. Verify that the Three-state workflow feature is set to Active.

Create a new class or study group site

  1. On the Site Actions menu, click New Site.
  2. Under Filter By, click Education.
  3. Choose Class Site or Study Group and then type a title for the site and the site URL.
  4. Click Create.

Add members to a class

Add a teacher to the Owners group

After you’ve created a new class site, you may want to add the class teacher to the Owners group. This will grant the teacher full control over the class site, and allow them to add or remove students.

  1. Click Site Actions, and then click Site Settings.
  2. In the Users and Permissions section, click People and Groups.
  3. In the task pane, under Groups, click the Owners group.
  4. Click New, add a new member (or members), and then click OK.

Teachers who have been added to the Owners group have full control over:

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Course Materials
  • Calendar Events
  • Class Discussions
  • Student Files
  • Links

Add students to the Students group

Once the teacher is a member of the Owners group, they can add new students to the class site.

  1. Click Add new user in the bottom right corner of the site home page.
  2. Add a new student (or students) and then click OK.

Members of the Students group have Read permissions for:

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Course Materials
  • Calendar Events

Students have full control over Student Files and Links. They can add to Class Discussions, and can update and delete their own posts.

Add members to a study group

After a study group site is created, a member of the Owners group can add members to the Study Group Members group.

  1. Click Add new user in the bottom right corner of the site home page.
  2. Add a new student (or students), and then click OK.

Members of the Study Group Owners group have full control over:

  • Tasks
  • Shared Documents
  • Calendar Events
  • Group Discussions
  • Links

Study group members have full control over:

  • Tasks
  • Shared Documents
  • Calendar Events
  • Links

Study group members can add to Group Discussions, and can update and delete their own posts

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Applies to:
SharePoint Server 2010