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Glossary

Glossary

Workspace #
Workspace is a closed working area created for a single online course. It always has restricted access. Material is normally organized in folders. In a workspace you can perform various tasks such as distributing course materials, group work, discussions, completing assignments etc.
Object #
Objects are documents and functions (eg. a page made with light web editor, discussion list, link, imported pdf file and return box) in the workspace. Objects can be organized in folders.
Environment #
University of Jyväskylä's Optima is divided to 15 individual environments. For example, each faculty has an individual Optima environment. Each environment has hundreds of workspaces. If you have access to more than one Optima environment, you can change the environment by clicking "Switch environment".
Profile #
The users in workspaces are divided by the status of their profile: supervisors and users. The teachers, lecturers and owners of the workspace are supervisors and the students are users. Both profiles have different permissions and actions available. The profiles are workspace-specific: a person can be a supervisor in a workspace and a user in another.
Material Repository #
A material repository is a variant of workspace. Workspaces are recommended to be set as material repositories when the same material is to be used in multiple different workspaces. Materials are linked to different workspaces from the originals which reside in a material repository. Using a material repository has its benefits: when there is a need to update the material, only the material in a material repository needs to be updated - workspaces that have the materials linked in them are automatically updated from the source.