[LON-CAPA-users] Student teams (groups)

Raeburn, Stuart raeburn at msu.edu
Sat Jan 30 21:37:50 EST 2021


> - that was the only way I could think of to do it. I have to admit, I was hoping for an easier way.

I have added you as a Cc on two existing enhancement requests: (i) "Specify membership of group(s) when uploading list of users to a course", and (ii) "Allow upload of group attributes via CSV upload". 

See: https://bugs.loncapa.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5904 and https://bugs.loncapa.org/show_bug.cgi?id=6896
The status of both bugs is "Assigned".

Currently, as Course Coordinator you need to create each group one at a time using the People --> Groups web form, as Gene described.

Once the group(s) are created it would be possible to use a CSV file to assign membership in the group(s) to users in the CSV file, by using: People --> Users --> "Upload a File of Course Users" to assign students to new sections,  if you had previously configured each group to include: "Automatically enable group membership when roles are added".  To avoid interfering with any existing real section(s), you could temporarily assign a custom role (with section) in order to trigger the group membership changes.  Once done, you would expire all the assigned custom roles.  The section names and group names need to be unique, but you could easily use a prefix in each section name to distinguish it from the group to which it would be mapped.

It is debatable whether the workaround I describe in the previous paragraph is easier than checking checkboxes for the students you wish to assign to each group.  

However, if your course contained many students, it would likely be quicker to add a column to your excel file with the "sections" to map, and configure each group to use the appropriate mapping than to use the standard People --> Users -> Groups --> Modify --> "Add member(s) to the group" method to assign group memberships to students (with much checking of checkboxes).

Stuart Raeburn
LON-CAPA Academic Consortium
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Subject: Re: [LON-CAPA-users] Student teams (groups)

Hi Gene,

Thanks - that was the only way I could think of to do it. I have to
admit, I was hoping for an easier way.

All the best,


On 1/30/2021 7:46 PM, Harding, Gene L via LON-CAPA-users wrote:
> Hi Susan,
> The only way I know to do it is one group at a time from the People tab at the top: People --> Groups, then fill out the info on that page, click Next, check any optional privileges desired, check the names of students for that group, Next, fill out the last page if applicable, and click Create Group.
> If there is an easier way to do it, I'm not aware of it.
> Best regards,
> Gene L. Harding, PE
> Associate Professor of ECET
> -----Original Message-----
> From: LON-CAPA-users <lon-capa-users-bounces at mail.lon-capa.org> On Behalf Of Susan Masten via LON-CAPA-users
> Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:12 PM
> To: lon-capa-users at mail.lon-capa.org
> Subject: [LON-CAPA-users] Student teams (groups)
> Greetings and I hope you're all having a relaxing weekend.
> I have an excel file where I've assigned students to teams (groups). Is there an easy way to assign them to the same teams on LON-CAPA? I'm not seeing anything in the new manual.
> Thanks
> Susan Masten
> Michigan State University

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