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Allow for student groups to be auto-generated using sections

Allow for student groups to be auto-generated using sections

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  Idea will be open for vote Wed. October 7, 2015 - Wed. January 6, 2016  Learn more about voting...

When creating a group set, you can let students join a group while setting a rule that forces them to stay within their section. This helps instructors teaching multiple sections of the same course who are looking for efficiency in managing student group work. See screenshot below.




The same option is not available when assigning students randomly. See screenshot below.




When selecting the option to split students in groups, a secondary option should allow you to restrict by section. In cases when students are a part of non-exclusive sections (lecture section and lab sections in the same site, for instance), a popup should appear asking how the random assignment should be done by selecting the sections.


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For more information, please read through the Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-12-10)

Community Team
Community Team

This idea is now open for voting Wed. October 7, 2015 - Wed. January 6, 2015.

For more information on the voting process check out How does the voting process work for feature ideas?

Community Champion

Voted! It's wonderful that 700958421 envisioned how section boundaries/controls could be surfaced for random group creation within sections of a multi-section course site. This is a great companion idea to . Ideally, everyone interested would vote on both ideas.

Community Contributor

This would be very helpful!  We crosslist sections and do not allow students access to create their own groups. This means teachers must create their own groups manually.  Having the group generator limit groups to individual sections would save the teachers so much time!

Community Participant

Yes! In K-12 schools, this feature would be awesome and a huge help! With 155 students enrolled in 5 sections (class periods), it's not easy to manually assign students so that they are working with students in the same class period. If I assign a group project, I want my students to be able to communicate during class time as well as online.

Community Member

This is exactly the situation I am in.  This feature would be incredibly useful.

Community Participant

It looks like there was a similar request that is in gather info stage -

I agree that it would be extremely helpful for our middle and high school teachers. 

Community Participant

Great idea.  You might also want to follow ​.  Really, there's no reason that groups shouldn't work more seamlessly with sections, and have more of their functionality.

Community Team
Community Team


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This idea has resurfaced as " modifiedtitle="true" title="Automatically assign groups within sections of a course!​, opening for voting in July 2016.

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