You have likely seen information about the new User Types coming out in the December 4th release of ArcGIS Online. Some of you have asked how these new User Types will affect Education program offerings, therefore we wanted to provide an update.
Overall, not much will change immediately for those of us with Education program licenses, such as Site/Institution licenses, Lab Kit/Academic Department licenses, or Schools bundles. However, these changes lay the groundwork for streamlining ArcGIS administration even further and we will see additional changes in the coming months.
What is changing in this December 4th release:
- Level 1 named users will automatically be converted to Viewer User type.
- Level 2 named users will automatically be converted to a Creator User type.
- All capabilities of each user type remain the same.
- Roles remain the same (Administrator, Publisher, User, Custom Roles, etc.).
- An updated look/interface and updated Licenses and Members pages and workflows.
- For existing users, any already assigned licenses/entitlements will remain assigned.
- For new users, licenses/entitlements of ArcGIS Pro and other apps (Business Analyst, Insights, etc.) will need to be assigned, as before.
Additional information on changes in this December 4th release can be found here.
What does the introduction of the new User Types mean over the coming months (i.e. future releases):
- We anticipate additional changes in the March 2019 ArcGIS Online release which will provide the ability to configure additional app assignments in enterprise login settings.
- We will continue to work towards automated provisioning of all apps included in Education program offerings so you can easily and efficiently provide your users with access to the full capabilities of ArcGIS.
In summary, this December release introduces some exciting new changes, and will see additional changes over the coming months. In the meantime, we continue to recommend enabling enterprise logins, if you haven’t yet, and following these best practices for administering ArcGIS.
Please let us know if you have any questions, feel free to post here.