The instructions below can also be used to add instructors to your section, but since there are likely MANY students to add and only a few other instructors (if any), this topic focuses on importing students.
You can use the Email text box to invite multiple students, separating email addresses with commas. But if you are responsible for adding more than a few students, using a CSV import is a more efficient way to go.
CSV stands for "comma-separated values" and technically refers to a flat text file, where the values you want to import are listed on a line, separated by commas (hence the name).
If you're the kind of person who is comfortable using a text file for this information, go right ahead! Each student needs to be on its own line, and each line has to contain the following values, in this order: Email address, Last name, First name. Save the file as a *.csv file type.
It would look like this:
However...you don't have to use a text file. You can use a spreadsheet program like Excel, to construct the student information. These programs allow you to put the data into the columns, then use Save As and select the file type "csv".
That file would look like this:
The Students section of the Settings tab for your section contains a Download a sample .csv file link, which allows you to replace the existing sample data with your own. And you can open the sample file and edit it as a text file (if you like that sort of thing) or a spreadsheet file. The sample works either way.
The steps below provide instructions for using Excel to generate your CSV file, then importing it to invite students to your section.
To create a student roster import file
To import a CSV student roster to a section
Students that are not yet registered users will receive an email invitation through which they can complete sign-up.
If the students are already registered users, they are listed as Joined. In addition, they will receive an email notifying them that they have been invited to your course and the course will appear on their DASHBOARD.
IF YOU GET ERRORS...double check your csv file entries. You may have mis-typed an email address, or you may have inadvertently removed or changed the heading row values, or the student may already be added to the section. These are the most common errors encountered. If the error occurs on a particular student listed, the other students should be imported without problems. If the problem is with the heading row, you may need to attempt to re-import the spreadsheet after fixing it.