About BrainHoney Administration

About BrainHoney Administration

BrainHoney is an Agilix hosted e-learning system. All servers are managed and maintained by Agilix employees. This eliminates the need for you to manage and maintain server hardware, as well as handle software upgrades. Your domain is only accessible to you and others in your institution who share the same domain. Your course information and student data are secure.

For students, instructors and administrators, BrainHoney is completely accessible through the popular Internet browsers. Users can use Windows, Mac and Linux computers using Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari browsers. The only requirement is that the browser have the Adobe Flash player installed (version 9 or 10).

User access to BrainHoney is based on their permissions, which are defined in your domain. Administrators, for example, have access to domain management. Teachers, on the other hand, can author courses and set up the gradebook for use in a virtual class.

In order to start performing BrainHoney administration for one or more educational institutions, three key items must be done:
1. Your primary domain and hostname must be set up (this is generally done by Agilix).
2. You must be set up as an administrator: to have full rights to your domain, you will need to be a domain administrator (this could be done by Agilix or another administrator at your institution).
3. You must obtain your login information (either from Agilix or from an administrator at your institution).

Once these tasks have been completed, you are ready to manage your BrainHoney system for your institution(s). If you have not yet received your login information, please contact your Agilix account manager.

Click the Administration tab. The Administration home page displays.

Administration Components

BrainHoney administration tasks involve four components:

Users are anyone who has access to domain or course data through the BrainHoney application. In order to have rights to a domain or course, an individual's account must be set up in the system and have those rights defined.
Sections are actual instances of the course content, with teachers and students for a specific class. In addition to teacher and student roles, roles such as teacher assistants and auditors (or guests) may be defined for a particular section.
Warning: The use of sections is being phased out in later releases of BrainHoney. We are moving toward a Master-Derivative model of course structure. You can read more about that here.
Courses can be thought of as a master template containing course content that can be reused over and over again in different courses. Generally, only authors have rights to add, edit, or delete content from a course.
Domains are virtual (or logical) servers where an educational institution’s information is stored and managed. Users with rights in one domain are unable to see information in any other domain, unless they have rights for that domain. It is possible to set up a primary domain with sub-domains that can mirror an institution’s organization, with administrators assigned to manage one or more domains within the hierarchy.

Example: State University

The relationship between users, courses, and domains is illustrated in this diagram. In this example, "State University" may have more than one campus (or college), which can be a separate domain (or sub-domain). Each campus has its own courses, developed by specific individuals with author rights. Each course uses the course content in a class that students take that is taught and managed by a teacher.

Domains and Sub-domains

There is always a primary domain, and you may also choose to add sub-domains beneath the primary domain. Although not required, sub-domains are an organizational tool used to keep different entities separate.

An administrator with primary domain rights has access to all sub-domains, but an administrator with rights to a sub-domain can only access that sub-domain and cannot access the primary or other sub-domains. In addition, course content is not shared between domains (in other words, you cannot copy a course from one domain to another using the Administrator utility). However, a course can be based on a course in a different domain.

Performing Administration Tasks

You can manage users, domains, and courses separately; however, there are multiple ways to implement several of the same functions, as illustrated in the following diagram.

For example, starting with the User function to find a specific user and then granting the user certain permissions in a specific course can also be accomplished by locating a specific course, and then enrolling a user in the course:

User > Find > Open > Enroll in course > Find course > Grant user course rights
course > Find > Open > Enroll user > Find user > Grant user course rights