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Import and Export Groups

You can export a CSV (comma-separated value) file containing your existing groups and group members, reorganize offline as needed, and then import them.

On the main Groups page, use the import and export functions on the action bar to add new users and groups. However, you cannot remove users or groups. During these processes, you cannot add new users to your course.

On the Import Groups page, you can also select the group tools you want each group to have access to. Previous tool availability settings are overwritten.

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On the Export Groups and Members page, make a selection for what you want to export:

  • Groups only
  • Group members only
  • Groups and group members

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Sample CSV Files

Download the following files to use as examples when formatting your own files:

Sample for group members (CSV)

Sample for groups (CSV)

Group Codes

Group codes are unique identifiers used strictly for import purposes. You may reveal a column in the interface to see the group codes, but you cannot edit group codes while in your course.

Group codes also appear in downloaded CSV files. You can edit the group codes in the CSV file when importing existing users to a group to ensure the users are added to the correct group. Group codes are necessary to provide a way to identify each group in case they have the same name.

When viewing all groups, use the View Options drop-down list to show and hide the Group Code column.

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