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Course Combination

Instructors who teach multiple sections of the same course sometimes find it helpful to have their ReggieNet course sites combined into one. Instructors can make their own course combination requests through the new Student Information System.

Downloadable Guide

A step-by-step guide to navigating the request system is available for download.

Make a Request

To combine two or more sections of a course into one "combined" course, you need to submit a course combination request. When your request is granted, students from all course sections are merged and the content for the course is housed only in the combined course site rather than duplicated for multiple sections.

  • Course combination requests will be submitted through the PeopleSoft interface. (You may need to log in with your ULID and password when using this direct link)
  • Once your request is submitted, the Registrar’s office approves or denies the request.
  • Once approved, the ReggieNet system creates the new combined course shell, generates a unique name, and loads all students and the instructor into the new course.
  • The instructor uses combined course like any other ReggieNet course.
  • At semester end, grades for all students are passed from the combined course to the Registrar’s system.

Warning: Once a new combined course is created, students from all sections are merged together in one roster for the combined course. This may affect how you use Gradebook, e-mails and other course site activities. One way to manage this is to create groups in their new combined course based on the course sections that were combined (see below). Additionally, since the grade submission process will be tied with the new combined course, we recommend against using the Gradebook function of the original sections.

Create Groups for Each Section

The easiest way to create a group for each section is to export the Student IDs to a spreadsheet, insert the section information, and upload. Use the following steps for each section.

Create your list

  1. In the individual section course site, go to Gradebook > Import / Export and click on “Custom Export”
  2. Uncheck all items except “Student ID”
  3. Click “Download Custom Export”
  4. Open the file. There should be a single column containing ULIDs
  5. Insert a column before the first column and enter a group name (e.g. “Sec 2”) in all the rows
  6. Delete the first row (the headers)
  7. Save as a CSV file

Import your list

  1. In the combined course in ReggieNet, go to Site Info > Manage Groups > Bulk Creation
  2. Click the “Browse” button
  3. Find and select the file containing your list
  4. Click “Continue”. You should see a preview of the group being created
  5. Click “Bulk Create Groups”

Getting Help

For technical issues involving the PeopleSoft interface, please contact the Technology Support Center at 438-HELP.

2019-02-06T14:43:32.564-06:00 2019