The Groups structure is a powerful way of building online, virtual communities within the Semel Institute website. Each 'Group' is a mini-website that can have a unique design, separate menu system and can post public and private content. Group members can create their own content and post it into any groups that you are a member of; such content can be either public (meaning anyone can see it) or private (meaning only logged-in users who are members of that group can see it). Each Group will also have one or more Administrators - not only do they control membership of the group, but they can also edit any content posted into their Group.
Groups can be created for a Research Center, a Clinic, a Training Program or even a Lab. Many of the Groups reflect the organizational structure of the Semel Institute and Department of Psychiatry, but it is possible for the System Administrator to create a hierarchy of Groups. Such hierarchies have membership rights passed upwards, so if you are a Group Member of a Lab site that is part of a Research Center, which itself is part of the Semel Institute, you become a member of all 3; conversely if you just have membership of the Semel Institute, you do not get automatic rights to Groups within the Institute. Check your current membership [when logged-in] at www.semel.ucla.edu/og/my
Most Groups are locked down so that only the Group Admin can enroll members, but a few Groups may have a 'Join this group' link on their Group home page. Alternatively, you may have been emailed a Registration Key. To use this to enroll, go to www.semel.ucla.edu/og/reg-key-join and enter the key: you can check the Group first, or just Join. At any time, the Group Admin can also revoke your membership, so use your privilege wisely.
When you are on a Group page [that you are a member of], you will notice a large black navigation bar across the top of the page, with icons allowing you to add new content, or manage the various features: these are various different types of web pages with easy to fill out forms - far easier than designing your own web pages. Currently the main features are:
- Research Research projects and participation opportunities
- Training Courses, fellowships and training programs
- Services Clinical, assessment and patient services
- News News announcements and media features
- Calendar Calendar of events
- Documents Web pages and collaborative wikis
- Publications Publications (Journal articles, books etc)
- Media Audio, video, images and galleries
- Directory Public directory of Faculty, Staff and Trainees
See creating content section for help on creating new web pages.