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Whole School: Create Course Sections and Move Students


Whole School administrators and teachers can create multiple sections for their courses and move students to those sections within the Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS). Use sections to divide large classes into more manageable groups. Users in the course will only be able to see users, submission folders, content, quizzes, etc. that are a part of their section. This document describes how to create those sections and then enroll students into the desired section in 3 steps.


Step 1. Enable Sections

  1. First, access your course and select Course Admin and then tap Course Offering Information.
    The Course Administration page is shown with arrows pointing to the Course Admin tab in the navbar and to the Course Offering information link under Site Setup.
  2. Next, scroll down the page until you see the Sections area, place a check mark in the Course has sections check box and then tap the Save button.
    The Course Offering Information page shows the Course has Sections checkbox (checked) towards the middle of the page. Arrows point to that and to the Save button at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2. Create Sections

  1. Now, tap Course Admin in the top navbar and then select Sections under the Learner Management area.
    The Course Administration page is shown with the course links. Arrows point to the course admin tap in the top menu and to the Sections link in the Learner Management area.
  2. Next, tap the Create Sections button.
    The Manage Sections page is shown with no defined sections. An arrow points to the Create Sections button.
  3. Use the Enrollment Type drop-down field to choose # of Sections and, insert the desired number of sections within the Number of Sections field and then tap the Create button at the bottom of the page.
    Note: Do not select any of the options within the Advanced Properties or Additional Options sections.
    The Create Sections page is shown with arrows pointing to the Enrollment Type and number of sections fields. Another arrow points to the Create button below the Advanced Properties and Additional Option sections.

Step 3. Enroll Users into Sections

  1. First, immediately following step 2 instructions, you will see the 4 sections created within the Manage Sections page. At this point, you will need to enroll students by tapping the Enroll Users button.
    The Manage Sections page is now shown with 4 sections in a table containing the section name and number of users in each section. An arrow points to the Enroll Users button at the top of the page.
  2. Each section has its own column with a check box. Check this box to enroll the user into the appropriate section.
    The Enroll Users section page displays a table containing a list of students within the course that have been assigned to certain sections. An arrow points to the check box for the first section.
    • To view only one section at a time, use the Display drop-down field to choose the desired section.
      The Display drop-down field within the enroll users page has been expanded to show all available options. An arrow points to this drop-down.
    • To locate a specific user (to see which section they are enrolled), enter the appropriate key word(s) in the Search for field. You may also use this field to perform a blank search to view all users.
      The Search for field has been enlarged and shows an arrow pointing to it.
    • To locate students that have not been assigned to a section, simply tap the Show Search Options link next to the Search for field and then ensure that “Not Enrolled” is the only box checked within the Enrollment area and then tap the search button (magnifying glass).
      As described above arrows point to the magnifying glass in the search for field and to the enrollment section.
  3. When finished, tap the Save button to apply all changes.
    Enlarged image of save and cancel button at bottom of page. Arrow points to the save button.

Last updated on September 17, 2020

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.