[LON-CAPA-users] Slot Help

Stuart Raeburn lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Tue, 31 Aug 2010 15:11:55 -0400


The slot request instructions which Felicia previously created, and  
which are applicable to LON-CAPA 2.8 and earlier, can now be found at:


Some minor corrections have been made to the tutorial.

I anticipate an updated version will be created in due course to  
reflect changes in more recent LON-CAPA releases.  Some parts of this  
documentation will be added as LON-CAPA help files included with new  
versions of LON-CAPA.

When using slots to allow students to sign-up for particular  
dates/times, the following are the key steps.

1. A LON-CAPA "problem" needs to be included in the course.

2. The open date for the problem needs to have passed before it can be  
used by students to sign-up for the activity for which you wish to use  
slots to limit student numbers.

3. One or more slots need to be created (of type student selectable).

4. If you create two slots covering different periods, and want  
students to only be able to select one of them for a particular  
activity (i.e., problem) you need to set the "Period of time in which  
slot can only be uniquely chosen" for each one to encompass both slots.

5. When a problem has "Use slot based access controls" set for it,  
e.g., at the resource level, students can select any  
student-schedulable slots for that problem that are not excluded from  
use (e.g., slots only usable for different sections, slots only usable  
for different resources etc.).  If something other than "Any" is set  
for the "Period of time in which slot can only be uniquely chosen",  
and the current time falls within that time period, then more than one  
slot cannot be selected for a given problem.  The converse applies for  
any slots which have "Any"  --  multiple slots can be selected for a  
particular problem in that case (subject to exclusion constraints  

6. Once the slot start time has passed, the slot will no longer be  
newly selectable by a student who has not previously chosen it for a  
particular problem.

Stuart Raeburn

Quoting Amos Lee <lee@math.usask.ca>:

> Hi Felicia,
>> https://loncapa.msu.edu/faculty/signup-tutorial/
> The link seems to be dead. Is there an updated link?
> Thanks,
> Amos
> --
> Amos Lee
> Math & Stats
> Univ of Sask
> Felicia Berryman wrote:
>> Hi Todd,
>> I created some documentation a while back that might need updating at
>> https://loncapa.msu.edu/faculty/signup-tutorial/
>> Please note that the loncapa.msu.edu website will be updated soon and
>> this page may go away.  I created this page because it was so difficult
>> to explain using slots for sign-up.  This is from an older version of
>> LON-CAPA and may need to be updated.
>> Felicia