how to copy group members from one category to other category?

Ami.P.343 Posts: 2 🔍
edited January 31 in Higher Ed / Postsecondary
I have created two categories under groups and want
to copy the same group members from one category to other category in the same course. How should I do it?


  • brad.r.503
    brad.r.503 Posts: 35

    In Brightspace, there isn't a direct one-click feature to copy group members from one category to another. However, you can manage this by manually enrolling the members into the new category or using group enrollment features. Here's a step-by-step guide on how you can accomplish this:

    1. Export Group Memberships (if available):
      • Some Brightspace instances allow you to export group memberships to a CSV file. If this feature is available, you can export the memberships from the first category and use this file as a reference for adding members to the new category.
    2. Manual Enrollment:
      • If the group size is manageable or the export feature is not available, you might have to manually enroll the members into the new category.
      • Navigate to the Groups tool in your course.
      • Select the first category and take note of the group members.
      • Switch to the second category where you want to copy the members.
      • Click on Enroll Users or Manage Members (the exact wording may vary).
      • Add the members to the groups in the new category as they were in the first category.
    3. Bulk Enrollment:
      • If your Brightspace instance supports it, you might be able to use a CSV file to enroll users in bulk.
      • Prepare a CSV file with the appropriate format as required by Brightspace. This typically involves having user identifiers and group names.
      • Use the Import feature in the Groups tool to bulk enroll users into the new category.
    4. Automated Enrollment Options:
      • If both categories should have the same enrollment scheme (like # of Groups or Groups of #), you can set the enrollment type to automatically distribute users when creating the second category. This won't copy the exact group membership from the first category, but it's useful if the goal is simply to have the same number of groups or group size.
    5. Check for Integration Tools:
      • Some institutions have integration tools or custom scripts that can handle these tasks more efficiently. It might be worth inquiring with your institution's Brightspace administrator or IT department to see if such tools are available.
    6. Provide Clear Instructions to Students:
      • If the groups are meant for different activities or purposes, make sure to communicate clearly to the students about their group memberships and what is expected in each category.

    While these steps require manual intervention, they should help you manage group memberships across different categories within the same course. Always double-check the memberships after enrolling to ensure that everyone is placed correctly.