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Why can't students see the list of groups available to join for self sign-up?

I have created a discussion assignment that allows students to self-select into a group, and I have specified a group structure of 5 groups with a limit of 5 members per group. (See screenshot.) When I view the assignment in Student View, I do not see the five groups I can choose to join. How do students see the groups and select one?291057_unspecified.png

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate


Howdy! There are a few areas that don't really work well using the "Test Student" in Student View. Groups is one of them. However, one of the things that you want to make sure that is enabled in your Course Navigation Menu (since you are using self-sign up) is "People."

How do I manage Course Navigation links? 

You will want to provide your students with the following help as well:

How do I join a group as a student? 

How do I view my Canvas groups as a student? 

Hope that helps!

Community Coach
Community Coach

 @sarahs ,

Were you able to find an answer to your question? I am going to go ahead and mark this question as answered because there hasn't been any more activity in a while so I assume that you have the information that you need. If you still have a question about this or if you have information that you would like to share with the community, by all means, please do come back and leave a comment.  Also, if this question has been answered by one of the previous replies, please feel free to mark that answer as correct.




Actually I am have this same issue and already had "People" in the navigation options for students. 

Surveyor II

Having the same issue. Created a self-sign up group set. Made sure People is visible to students. Created an assignment using the groups. Still students are not able to see any way to sign up for a group. People is not visible to them.


I am experiencing the same problem. I have 3 different group sets: one for general group work in class, and two more where they have the opportunity to sign up for specific dates to lead their group's discussion. They can all see the first group set for general group work, but they cannot see the other two group sets for leading discussions. 

Things appear slightly differently for students. as staff we have different tabs in People for groupsets, whereas for students they all get amalgamated into one tab 'Groups' and they're all there. At least that's what's happening here on our campus at the moment!