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JarlePedersen
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How can I create self sign-in groups for some of the students

Hi,

I have a Canvas room with a total of 72 students. Some of the students (the ones passing the last assessment) are ready for some lab work. It is 40 of the students who are ready for the lab. I want them to join two-and-two in lab-groups, but only the once passing the last assessment. How can I do that? I have tried to create a group set, allowing the students to self sign-up. I have then placed the once not ready for lab in one “Waitingroom”-group, and created 20 groups for the 40 students ready for lab. But I have no control of the once placed in the “waitingroom”! They can easily change group to one of the lab-groups.

Is there another way to do this? Is there a way to lock the waitingroom? I hope someone out there have a good solution!

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greydon
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Hello @JarlePedersen

It sounds like you have already created the group set and have the student ready to go by following this guide:

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-self-sign-up-groups-in-a-group-s...

However, yes the students that are not "ready" to be in groups would be able to switch. The only way to do this within the group itself, is to go in and edit once the students have been set up correctly-before they manually switch themselves:

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-prevent-students-from-switching-groups-...

However, that may require a lot of back and forth editing if the students trickle in one by one. You could consider module requirements/prerequisites and create an assignment with the self sign up groups, but students can only access this once they "complete" a particular quiz, assignment, etc. It may not be ideal for you after all but it is something to consider:

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-requirements-to-a-module/ta-p/1131

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-prerequisites-to-a-module/ta-p/1123

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JarlePedersen
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Hi @greydon and thanks for your answer.

However, I can't see that modules with requirements/prerequisites can help me. As I understand the how-to's you linked in, it is up to the student to mark a requirement as fulfilled. It is not possible for the teacher to manually enter a grade to fulfill a requirement.

And even if I create an assignment for the self sign up groups, I still have to make them visible for all under people -> Groups, don't I? And there is nothing stopping the students to do the sign-in there, regardless of the module-setings?

Or am I missing out on something here?

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