The kuraCloud system

Overview

kuraCloud is a cloud-based solution for providing student-centered, interactive learning. kuraCloud is designed from the ground-up to deliver content that fully engages students and reflects an active educational approach. This section covers the basic infrastructure of kuraCloud, the different roles of its users, and typical workflows to get your instance and courses up and running in no time.​

How does it work?

We've put a lot of thought and effort into making kuraCloud flexible so it can be used in a wide variety of situations: from small schools to large university departments. For more information about creating and administering a kuraCloud Instance, click here.

The infographic below illustrates the course-based structure of a kuraCloud Instance. Note how Instance Administrators, Course Administrators, Authors, and Students fit into the kuraCloud system. 

kuraCloud is intuitive, fast, easy and dependable. It's hugely powerful and yet it's exceptionally simple to use.

Roles in kuraCloud

There are different roles in kuraCloud (Student, Author, Course Administrator) and each has different privileges. You will only ever have one ID in kuraCloud – this is your account for life or your "kura ID" – and it allows you to take on any number of roles (e.g., you can be a Course Administrator and a Student for the same course).

Hierarchy

Instance Administrator

In kuraCloud, a person with an Instance Administrator account looks after the Instance. They control all Instance settings and can create and modify courses and lessons within them. They can also import students and invite other staff.

Course Administrator

A person with a Course Administrator account can create, delete and restore their own courses and the lessons within them. Each course in an Instance has a single administrator assigned to it. The Course Administrator can configure the report settings, add students, and publish lessons or modules.

Author

A person with an Author account can create and edit lessons and modules within the courses they have been invited to by the course administrator. The lessons created by authors belong to the course, not the author. Authors can have their authoring privileges removed if, for example, they were to leave the institution.

Student

Students have their Instances created by Course Administrators and will be sent an invitation email. They can then be added to any number of Courses, by any number of Course Administrators. As before, they each will have a single ID, which is their account for life.

Other Roles

An Instance Administrator may choose to create new roles to fit the needs of their department or course. For more information on managing roles, click here.

Typical workflow: Setting up an instance

Instance Administrators are in charge of configuring the settings for the entire instance.

1. Access the General Settings card by clicking Instance Administration on your Course card. 

2. Provide a name and image for your Instance – remember, this will appear in the header of your Administrator's, Author's, and Student's kuraCloud pages, as well as the invitation emails so choose wisely!

3. Access the Administrators card to invite Course Administrators to create new courses and look after them. For more information on the privileges each kuraCloud role has, click here.

 

 

Typical workflow: Producing a course

Students must be invited to a Course to gain access to kuraCloud and your learning material. Courses are the highest level of organization within the instance. They are filled with lessons and modules that administrators and authors publish to the course. 

Here's a typical workflow for producing a course – this can be done if you are an Instance Administrator or a Course Administrator:

1. On the Courses card of the admin pages, select the plus sign next to Courses

  

2. Provide a name and short name or course code to your Course. This will set up your Course Card. 

3. Select Settings on your Course card to edit your course name details and configure your Report Settings. Here, you can set up who will receive student report submissions and customize a note for your students to view before submitting their answers. 

 

4. Invite authors to join you in creating your course by selecting Staff on the Course Card. Press Invite and defining their staff role.


5. Create new lessons and modules with your authors. For more information on creating lessons and modules, click here.

6. Publish your lessons and modules so that they will appear on your student's homepage. For more information about publishing, click here.

7. Invite students to view your course by selecting Students on the Course Card.