Creating sections

  1. On the Manage Sections page, click Create Sections. If sections already exist, see Adding additional sections to learn how to add more sections.
  2. Select an Enrollment Type from the drop-down list. See Managing sections for descriptions of the enrollment types.
  3. Fill in the Number of Sections or Number of Users field depending on the Enrollment Type chosen.
  4. Select Auto-Enroll New Users if you want new users automatically enrolled in sections.
  5. Select Randomize users in Sections if you want users to be placed in sections randomly. If you don’t select this check box, users are placed based on classlist order.
  6. Select Set Up Discussion Areas if you want to create discussion forums for the sections.
  7. Click Create.

Create section restricted discussion areas

If you select the Set Up Discussion Areas option when creating sections, you are taken to the Create Restricted Discussion Areas page. On this page, you can create a separate topic for each section within an existing or new forum.

Tip  If you want to create forums for each section with multiple topics within the forums, use the Discussions tool.

  1. Select an existing Forum from the drop-down list. Click New Forum if you want to create a new discussion forum for the category.
  2. Click Add Another if you want to add more than one discussion forum.
  3. Click Create and Next.

Note  Click Skip to go to the next page in the sections setup process without creating any restricted discussion areas.

Edit section restrictions on discussion forums and topics

You can edit group enrollment in restricted discussion forums and topics from the Sections tool. To add, edit, or delete forums or topics restricted by section you must use the Discussions tool.

  1. On the Manage Sections page, click Edit overall section properties.
  2. Click Edit Discussion Restrictions from the Additional Options section.
  3. Select the Forum you want to edit from the drop-down list.
  4. Select or clear the check boxes in the Edit Restrictions area to modify section enrollment in discussion forums and topics. You can click Automatically create restricted topics if you want to create more topics and forums.
  5. Click Save.

Adding additional sections

If you add a new section with Auto-Enroll New Users selected, new users are automatically enrolled in the new section until users are evenly distributed between it and other sections. Once it is the same size as other sections, new users are added normally. If Auto-Enroll New Users is not selected, an empty section is created that you can add users to through the Enroll Users page. See Enrolling users in sections for more information.

  1. On the Manage Sections page, click Add Section.
  2. Enter a Section Name if you do not want to use the suggested name.
  3. Update the Section Code if you want it to be different from the one provided. (This option might not be available.)
  4. You can enter a Description for the section.
  5. Click Add.

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