Auto importing Canvas course groups in breakout rooms

While instructors can create breakout rooms when scheduling meetings, Canvas instructors can also import their course groups as breakout rooms. This allows for quick creation and automated management and assignment of students within those breakout rooms. 

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Prerequisites for importing Canvas course groups in breakout rooms

How to configure LTI for importing course groups in breakout rooms

The following permissions are required when configuring auto import for breakout rooms in Canvas:

Configure LTI Pro to import groups as breakout rooms in Canvas

  1. Log into your LTI instance.
  2. Under the Credentials List, look for your Canvas LTI instance, and click Configure.
  3. Enable Enable Meeting Link to Auto Login Users.
  4. Under Tracking Field, click Edit Tracking Field.
    Note: If Tracking Field is not enabled, it will need to be enabled first.
  5. Click Add Tracking Field.
  6. For the tracking field label, enter canvas_course_id.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Back on the LTI configuration page, click 3rd Party Credentials.
  9. In the navigation on the left, click LTI Canvas.
  10. Enable Enforce Scopes.
  11. Enable Allow LMS Course Groups in Zoom Meetings
  12. Ensure the following scopes are added:
    • URL:GET|api/v1/groups/:group_id/users
    • URL:GET|api/v1/courses/:course_id/groups

Configure Canvas to import groups as breakout rooms

  1. Log in to Canvas. 
  2. Click Admin, then click Developer Keys.
  3. Navigate to the LTI Key used for your LTI tool.
  4. Click Additional Settings.
  5. Under Custom Fields, add canvas_course_id=$
  6. Click Save.
  7. Navigate to the Canvas Calendar API key used to enable the calendar and events feature in your LTI tool.
  8. Enable Enforce Scopes if it is disabled.
  9. Enable Allow Include Parameters.
  10. Under groups enabled the following scopes:
    • URL:GET|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/groups
    • URL:GET|/api/v1/groups/:group_id/users
  11. Click Save.

How to import course groups in Canvas as breakout rooms

  1. Navigate to your course.
  2. Click Schedule a New Meeting.
  3. Enable Breakout Room pre-assign.
  4. Click Import Course Groups.
    The course groups will automatically be added as breakout rooms.