What is a joinable site?
When sites are created in UVACollab, the owner creating the site has the option to make the site joinable on the Set Site Access screen during site creation or on the Site Info > Manage Access screen in an existing site. Anyone with a UVACollab account can add themselves to a joinable site.
Site owners or administrators must make the decision whether or not to make the site joinable and choose a role for those who join.
Teaching Assistants who are not on the SIS class roster and guest lecturers may be manually added to a course site using the steps in How do I manually add people to my site?
For information about joining sites, see How do I join a site?
INSTRUCTORS: In most cases, instructors should NOT configure a course site to be joinable. Doing so does not enroll a student in your course and is not the sanctioned method for making course sites available to students. Instead, an official class roster from SIS should be added to the site to give officially enrolled students access to it. Refer to How to create a course site: Select one or more rosters to add to your site for adding a roster during site creation, or How do I add a class roster? to add a roster to an existing site.
Examples of joinable sites
Some examples of joinable sites include:
- Clickers - Site for faculty using iClicker to collaborate and share information
- UVA Want Ads - Site where you can find and post items for sale or wanted, housing or rental ads, etc.
(If you are not a member of one of these sites and you would like to join it, log into UVACollab, select the link, then select Yes to join the site.)
What roles can participants have when they join a site?
Joinable roles are restricted to prevent granting anyone an access level that would allow them to make inappropriate changes to the site data or delete the site. The available joinable roles depend on the site type: collaboration sites allow Members or Observers to join; course sites only allow Students, Former Students, or Waitlisted Students to join.
The site owner/instructor must intentionally change the role for participants who have joined a site to grant them a higher access level in the site.