Released with 2.12.0 (Baobab).
FLOWcombine makes it possible to combine a series of sub-examinations so they can be executed in a sequence. You can also set an entrance bar for each stage of the FLOWcombine, that way you can control who is allowed to be synchronised with the next subflow.
An example of the use of FLOWcombine is an examination where participants must participate and pass an exam to be able to participate in the following FLOWlock exam. By using FLOWcombine, it is possible to combine these two flows in a sequence, which makes sure that the participant passes the first flow before being able to access the next flow.
The function can be used on both provisional and formal flows, but the access requirement function only works on formal flows.
How do I use FLOWcombine?
To create a FLOWcombine, click on the menu button with the 3 lines next to Create in the top bar. In the small menu, you select New FLOWcombine. You will see the normal screen for creating a new flow, the only difference here is that the created flow will be your main source flow and all others will be subflows.
When you have created the main source flow, you will be transported to the FLOWcombine overview. From here, you can add subflows, change the entrance bar and configuration, synchronise the subflows and access the flows for individual setup.
The next step will be setting up your main source flow and making sure everything is okay like you would on any normal flow. When that is done, you can go back to the FLOWcombine and add subflows.
As soon as you have one or more subflows, you can access the entrance bar for participants and set it. The options for the entrance bar is none, handed in or a minimum grade.
Next, you want to look at the configuration for the synchronisation. Here you can choose what to synchronise from the previous flow. For instance, it is possible to synchronise assessors from the source flow to Subflow 1, and then choose to exclude them in the synchronisation from Subflow 1 to Subflow 2.
When you have configured the synchronisations and set the entrance bar between flows, you press the blue button "Synchronise subflows" and it will start the process. You will get a summary window for each stage of the synchronisation, and you can see the changes and choose to apply or skip them.
The synchronisation process is not automatic, you have to activate it. There is no restriction on how many times or when you can synchronise the FLOWcombine.
All the subflows have a access to a small menu, where you can synchronise only the chosen flow, activate the flow and delete the flow. It is only possible to delete the last flow in the FLOWcombine, so if you need to delete Subflow 1, you have to delete Subflow 2 before you can delete Subflow 1.
If you have 10 flows in the FLOWcombine, you might not want to synchronise all of them when you have only a minor change between Subflow 7 and 8. In this case, you would synchronise only Subflow 8 and it will take the information from the previous flow and synchronise them to Subflow 8. And then the process will stop.
If the flows are synchronise with an external system you can read more in the article FLOWcombine: Grade export to sis.