The New Organizational Clusters in ELIS 1.8.7: Nested clusters in ELIS now provide users new ways to organize their programs by enabling nested hierarchies of organizational clusters. Your pre-1.8.7 clusters will all be set as Top Level clusters when you upgrade to ELIS 1.8.7 Organizational clusters are groups of users, these are meant to be as flexible as the real world groupings in companies, schools, and institutions. For example, the corporate organization below, we have a corporate structure mapped to ELIS- with the ACME organization containing sub-clusters of users in Sales, Shipping, Manufacturing, and Customer Service.
This enables an organization administrator to assign the Sales Training Curriculum to the ACME Sales Team.
New Organizational Cluster Settings: Classification - Clusters can be given different sets of default settings via the new Classification functionality (see below). All clusters of a given classification will start with the default settings for groups, groupings, etc. that are set in the classification screen. Site administrators can classify organizational clusters into categories that match their function, for example top level clusters might be an Organization, while sub-clusters might be a unit, division, school, or department.
Group Association: If the corresponding configuration setting for Cluster Group Settings is activated (in Program Administration/Admin/Configuration) then Moodle groups in courses and on the site level are automatically created for each cluster, and cluster users are auto-enrolled in the groups when they are enrolled via ELIS into the Moodle course.
Cluster Themes: Different clusters can have different themes, and there is also a theme priority. For example, the Sales department might have it's own theme, that overrides the corporate theme, due to it having a higher priority.