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How do I assign a student leader to a group?

You can assign a student group leader to help manage a group within your course. You can assign group leaders automatically or manually. When students are assigned to be a group leader, they can manage members of the group and edit the group name. However, they cannot change the number of members in the group.

Students do not receive any notification that they have been added as a group leader, but they can manage groups directly from the Groups page. Access is also allowed from their Courses & Groups drop-down menu.

Note: If an assigned group leader drops out of the course, you will have to select a new group leader only if the group leader was assigned manually. If you automatically assigned a group leader as part of creating a group set, Canvas will automatically assign another leader to the group.

Open People

Open People

In Course Navigation, click the People link.

Assign in Group Set

Assign in Group Set

You can add a group leader as part of a Group Set. To create a new group set, click the Add Group Set button [1].

You can also edit existing group sets [2].

Automatically Assign Leader

Automatically Assign Leader

You can automatically assign group leaders when creating a new group set when:

 

Note: If you want to create groups manually, you also have to set a student leader manually.

Automatically Assign a Student Group Leader Checkbox

Click the Automatically assign a student group leader checkbox [1]. Then select the radio button for your assignment preference [2]:

  • Set first student to join as group leader. This option tells Canvas to assign the first student who joins the group as the group leader.
  • Set a random student as group leader. This option tells Canvas to choose a student randomly.\

 

Note: If you choose to have Canvas split your student into an equal number of groups automatically, you can select either radio button for the leadership option. If you select the first radio button, the first student who "joins" each group as part of the automatic group distribution process will be the group leader.

Assign in Individual Group

Assign in Individual Group

To add a leader in an individual group, click the Settings icon [1], then click the View User Groups link [2]. Or click an existing group set [3].

Manually Assign Leader

Manually Assign Leader

In the group set [1], expand the group to view all students [2]. Locate the student name and click the user Settings icon [3]. Then select the Set as Leader link [4].

View Student Group Leader

The student name will appear next to the name of the group [1], indicating the student is the leader for that group.

When viewing the list of group members, you can also quickly identify the group leader as the student name will display a people icon [2].

Remove Student Leader

Remove Student Leader

You can manually remove a group leader at any time. To remove a student group leader, expand the group to view all students [1]. Locate the student group leader and click the Settings icon [2]. Then select the Remove as Leader link [3].