How do I create self sign-up Groups?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

Self sign-up groups allow users to choose the group they want to be in as part of a group set. You can also limit the number of members who can sign up for each group.

Note: You may have to change the group settings later if you want to prevent students from switching sections.

Open People

Open People

In Course Navigation, click the People link.

Add Group Set

Add Group Set

Click the Add Group Set button.

Allow Self Sign-up

Allow Self Sign-up

Create a name for the group set in the Group Set Name text field [1]. Click the Allow self sign-up checkbox [2].

Create Group Structure

Create Group Structure

If you want to require group members to be in the same section, click the Require group members... checkbox [1]. This option is only available as part of a self sign-up group.  

Next to the Group Structure heading, enter the number of groups you would like to create [2]. You can create more groups at a later time, if necessary. You can also use the arrows in the number field to increase or decrease the number.

You can also limit the number of group members for each group to help keep your groups balanced. To limit a group, type in the maximum number of members who can be in a group [3]. Once the group is full, students will not be able to join the group. If you do not want to limit the group, leave this field blank.

Note: Limiting the number of group members will apply to all groups within the group set, but you can change member limitations within groups by editing an individual group. However, at a later time if you decide to edit the entire group set and change the group set limitations, Canvas will override all member limitations created within individual groups.

Set Leadership

Set Leadership

If you want to automatically assign a student group leader, click the Automatically assign a student group leader checkbox [1]. Then select the radio button for your assignment preference [2].

Note: You can manually add a student group leader to a group at any time.

Save Group Set

Save Group Set

Click the Save button.

View Group Set

View your new groups in your group set [1]. Verify your self sign-up group underneath the group title and group settings [2].

Manage Group

To manage a group, expand the group [1], then click the group Settings icon [2]. To edit the name of the group, click the Edit link [3]. To delete the group, click the Delete link [4].