[LON-CAPA-dev] Scripts to Automate Course Cloning and Accessibility/Enrollment Date Entry
raeburn at msu.edu
Thu Mar 5 09:37:45 EST 2015
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> ... We are wondering if anyone has been successful with automating
> these functions through scripting? If so, would you be willing to
> provide assistance/advice to us regarding this automation?
The Domain Coordinator's web interface includes:
Main Menu -> Course and community creation -> Create
courses/communities by uploading an attributes file
which can be used to upload an XML file containing course information
(including cloning details, access dates, and enrollment dates).
for information about the format of that XML file (which may contain
entries for multiple courses).
If you do not want to require a Domain Coordinator to upload a file
via the web GUI, then it is also possible to add your XML file of
course attributes to:
and run /home/httpd/perl/Autocreate.pl as user www
For this to work you would first (as Domain Coordinator) need to use:
Main Menu -> Set domain configuration -> Display (Auto-course creation
and check the "Yes" radio button for "Create pending official courses
from XML files", and choose a Domain Coordinator from the list
displayed in the "Course creation processed as: (choose Dom. Coord.)"
row, then click "Save Changes".
There is an entry in /etc/cron.d/loncapa ...
# Run auto create script to create courses in:
# (a) /tmp/addcourse/$dom/auto/pending (XML-based course descriptions);
# (b) online course requests for official courses queued pending validation
# of instructor of record status
30 2 * * * www /home/httpd/perl/Autocreate.pl
which will run /home/httpd/perl/Autocreate.pl at 2.30 am daily,
although you could obviously increae the frequency.
Alternatively, if you wanted Autocreate.pl to only be run from the
command line, by a real person, then you should comment out the entry
in /etc/cron.d/loncapa, if you have enabled: "Create pending official
courses from XML files", and you plan to put XML files (owned by
www:www) temporarily in:
LON-CAPA also supports faculty creation of their own courses, if you
assign course request rights. This works best if you can establish
links between institutional data sources and your LON-CAPA instance by
This functionality has been used at MSU since 2009, whereby faculty
create their own courses (between 50-60 courses each semester), at
their own convenience. See section 4 of the Domain Coordination
manual: "Integration with Institutional Systems" for more information.
LON-CAPA Academic Consortium
Quoting "Young, Joyce E" <young257 at purdue.edu>:
> We are currently using Lon-Capa on a small scale, but looking at
> ramping up the usage for the upcoming terms. As we scale up, the
> manual copying (cloning) of courses to the next term and entry of
> accessibility/enrollment dates will become cumbersome and a source
> of error. We are wondering if anyone has been successful with
> automating these functions through scripting? If so, would you be
> willing to provide assistance/advice to us regarding this automation?
> Joyce Young
> ITAS - Student Systems Competency Center
> Purdue University
> 3495 Kent Avenue, Suite 100
> West Lafayette, IN 47906
> Phone: (765) 427-6340
> Fax: (765) 464-2233
> Campus Mail: ROSS
> young257 at purdue.edu<mailto:young257 at purdue.edu>
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