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Inherited versus Explicit/Individual Assignments

Assignments control what content is available to groups and users. You can make the following types of content assignments:

  • Catalog Assignments: These assignments determine what learning assets are exposed to users and groups in the CATALOG and using SEARCH&LEARN.
  • My Plan Assignments: These assignments add learning assets to users' MY PLAN, which allows you or them to set goals, due dates, and reminders.
  • Enrollments and Waivers: These assignments enroll users in learning programs. You can also grant waivers to individual courses within a program on a per user basis.
  • Books 24x7 Assignments: These assignments determine what Books 24x7 collections are exposed to users and groups.

Groups can be assigned content by inheriting it due to their membership in their parent group; these assignments are referred to as inherited assignments. They can also be assigned content directly; these assignments are referred to as explicit assignments.

Similarly, individual users can be assigned content by inheriting it due to their membership in a group; these assignments are referred to as inherited assignments. They can also be assigned content directly; these assignments are referred to as individual assignments.

Inherited Assignments

By default, any content assigned to a group is inherited by all users in that group and by any child groups. This enables administrators to assign specific content to a large number of users. Users in multiple groups inherit the assignments of all the groups in which they are a member.

Explicit and Individual Assignments

In the case of Catalog assignments and Books 24x7 assignments, if you assign content to a group or user directly, that assignment overrides all inherited assignments.

In the case of My Plan assignments and enrollments, learners can only remove content that they have assigned to themselves directly.