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How can teachers create courses in Canvas and populate them with students from a cohort defined is the SIS?

Question asked by Tobe Baeyens on Feb 8, 2017
Latest reply on Feb 13, 2017 by Tobe Baeyens

Often teachers want to create courses for specific groups of students. These groups are defined in our student information system (f.e. all the international students, all the students that belong to a departement,...).

When a course gets created through SIS, it's automatically populated with the right students, and the course is connected with SIS through SIS ID's. How can we achieve the same result with manually created courses.

The end result should be that:

  • The course has one or more sections with a SIS ID
  • These sections are automatically populated and updated through SIS

The university of Washington does this through UW Groups (UW Groups - Providing access to your Canvas Course | UW Tacoma). Is this something that can be easily implemented?