Hi John Paul,
I'm not sure that here at Loughborough we have any users with more than 300 students max on a module.
I can appreciate the complexity of your situation. There has been requests to automate the assignment of student and also the ability to upload ready made groups. All I can suggest from a developers point of view is that there may be away writing a simple script to achieve what you want. I can provide you with an example of something I developed to auto create an assessment for me, will people and groups.
Some of the tutors with larger cohorts maybe able to tell you how they manage their process.
Sorry to not really be of any help.
From: WebPA Project [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Paul Posada
Sent: 23 March 2009 09:49
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Subject: Group creation and upload
I'd like to know if anyone has found a good solution for managing very large
student numbers and groups?
Here at UNSW we have a multidisciplinary course ENGG1000 which is an
ambitious attempt at teaching Engineering design. The course involves the
There are about 1150 students enrolled with the option to choose a project
to work on within each faculty. Each faculty project then further breaks
down their students into teams of about 5. The end result is hundreds of
groups of students within all the projects which are then to be recreated in
WebPA for the Peer Assessment section of the course.
In the past we used iPeer 2.0 for our pees assessment tool, but it seems to
now be a dead project and is very buggy.
Has anyone had experience in managing such large amounts of Student Groups?
I would love to be able to uploaded the groups into WebPA instead of having
to select each student into each group.
One solution I've thought of to alleviate this process a bit, is to create a
Module for each group and assigning the students to their respective
Modules. This way when it comes time to assign the students to each group
the staff user only has to select all the students listed in that module as
opposed to scrolling through and finding them from a list of 1150 students.
Does anyone know of a better way to manage this? If so I'm all ears.
Thanks for your time.
John Paul Posada
eLearning Project Officer
Faculty of Engineering
UNSW Kensington Campus
Building K17 1st Flr.