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Automatic section assignment

Automatic section assignment

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Perhaps I overlooked a way to do this, but it would save a lot of time if I could automatically assign sections AFTER students have been added to the course. At the moment I am manually adding hundreds of students, one by one, into their sections. 

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Thanks for sharing this idea. As it moves forward for broader conversation, I was curious to know whether you're the person who is initially adding students to the course or whether enrollments are populated at the district level, leaving you, the teacher, to organize them into sections later. If the former, you can copy-and-paste multiple email addresses into the field and select the section into which to enroll them during the same action; if the latter, consider asking your Canvas admin to perform the section enrollments on your behalf at the same time they're adding the student enrollments via the Sections csv.

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Hi Stefanie,

Thanks for your response! I am not the person initially adding students, sorting into sections is just something I was tasked with as a grad student. I think this semester my department was a bit behind and either didn't know how to sort into sections while populating the list, or didn't have sections quite planned out by the time they started adding students to the course. I was thinking in the future it would be nice if instructors had the option to just click a button and randomly sort into however many sections they want for each course.


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I agree that this would be a helpful feature.  The district auto-populates our courses with students.  For me to tell them which students to put into which sections would not necessarily be less time-consuming  than the current method of editing each student individually.  It would be really helpful for me to be able to either type a list of student names into the "Enrollment" section of the Sections page in settings, or to be able to check boxes to apply sections on the People page.