Once your school or district has been set up with Hapara, the first step to get up and running is to create classes. Each class has one or more teachers, and once set up, can be populated with students and accessed via Hapara Dashboard.
There are two ways to create a class in Hapara:
- Provision the class or classes in the Hapara Admin Console (Admin only)
- Manually create the class in Hapara Dashboard (Admin or Teacher)
What happens when a class is created?
When a class is created in Hapara Dashboard via the Hapara Admin Console, the following steps take place within your Google Apps domain:
- A Google Group is created for the class.
- Teachers are added to the Google Group as Owners.
- A Class Root folder is created in Google Drive (owned by School Apps Owner)
- The Class Root folder is shared to teachers with read/write access.
Depending on your Hapara Configuration, the following actions may also take place when a class is created:
- Subject Root folders may be created within the class root folder. These Subject Root folders inherit the Class Root folder sharing settings, and are therefore shared to teachers with read/write access. Subject Root folders eventually contain all Student Subject folders, which students use to receive, turn in, and store their work.
- A Google Calendar may be created. Teachers have write access to this calendar, and eventually students in the class will have read-only access.
What do I need to provision classes?
The minimum requirements to provision a class via the Hapara Data Loader are:
- A unique Class name.
- A unique Class email address.
- The G-Suite email addresses of the class teacher(s).
In addition to those mandatory settings, Hapara Administrators can enable a number of optional features for classes. These extra settings are listed below, including links to further documentation:
- Subject folders: Classes with a defined Subject Folders setting will have Google Drive folders created for each student. These folders live in the students' My Drive and their contents are visible within Hapara Dashboard.
- Gmail visibility of student emails: When this setting is enabled, teachers have visibility into the Inbox, Sent, and Trash of each student in the class.
- Google Calendars: Administrators can choose to automatically create class calendars for some or all classes, which are shared with teachers (edit access) and students (view access)
- Google Blog visibility: If this setting is enabled, teachers will have view-only access into the Google Blogs that students in the class have created.
Note: For more about setting up and formatting class data, please see the Hapara Data Loader User Guide.
Where do I go from here?
What about Students?
To learn more about students in Teacher Dashboard, please see this article.