Sign ’em up in Concourse
Concourse (Blackboard Vista at ND) lets you create a page where students can sign up for groups or make other choices. The groups can be linked to Concourse activities or used to create face-to-face teams, indicate areas of interest, or volunteer for a task.
Students can only sign up for one group on a sheet, but you can create a set of separate signup sheets for independent groups. Students can’t change groups after making a selection,. However, you can remove a student from one group and let them sign up for another. The instructor is NOT automatically a member of any group, so add yourself to be part of the “in crowd.”
I use a sign-up sheet to let students choose time slots for a brief one-on-one meeting with me at the beginning of the semester. I create groups of one and name them the date and time of the meeting.