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Re: Group creation and upload

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john paul posada <[log in to unmask]>

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WebPA Project <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 25 Mar 2009 15:37:17 +1100

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Hi Adam,

Thanks for the details.  I don't think I have enough time this semester to
get these changes in, but I might look into it sometime in between
semesters.

Cheers,

John Paul


On 24/03/09 10:57 PM, "Adam Crawford" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Dear John Paul
> 
> It is a long time since I have done any real development, so I am not a techy,
> but I know a bit about Web-PA. There is no group importing functionality yet,
> so you would need to produce PHP code to do the following to create something
> workable:
> 
> 1) Import the students in to their appropriate modules using Web-PA's admin
> interface.  Make sure you include an institutional reference with each record
> so you can identify them later.
> 
> 2) Write or generate a text file (or .csv) with all the required group
> information in.  The simplest format would be something like this, where
> "Group Name" is the name you want your new group to have, and "student id"
> would be the institutional reference of the each student member:
> 
> Group Name 1
> student id
> student id
> student id
> 
> Group Name 2
> student id
> student id
> .. etc ..
> 
> 3) The tricky part is writing the PHP to read the .csv and generate the
> necessary Web-PA database entries.
> If the code read the file line by line, the first non-empty line would be a
> group name, so use that to create a group object.  Every line after that is a
> student, so add them as members to the new group. When you reach a blank line,
> the next non-empty line will be a new group with new members.
> 
> It sounds simple on paper!
> 
> Good luck and best regards
> 
> Adam
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: WebPA Project [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Paul
> Posada
> Sent: 23 March 2009 09:49
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Group creation and upload
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> 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
> following faculties:
> 
> Biomedical
> Chemical
> Computer Science
> Civil
> Electrical
> Materials
> Mining
> Mechanical
> Petroleum
> Photovoltaics
> 
> 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
> 
> 
> --
> John Paul Posada
> 
> eLearning Project Officer
> 
> Faculty of Engineering
> UNSW Kensington Campus
> Building K17 1st Flr.

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