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Course/Community Requests


  1. Login
  2. Follow "Request Course" link
  3. Request an official course
  4. Designate course
  5. Optionally select course to clone
  6. Choose auto-enrollment settings and access dates
  7. Optionally add course personnel
  8. Review course request settings and submit request
  9. Configure Course Enrollment through the Automated Enrollment Manager
  10. Granting Cloning Privileges for Another Instructor
  11. Getting Help


Log-in to LON-CAPA.


Follow "Request course" link

Click "Request course" in the Functions bar on the Roles/Courses page. Only MSU faculty have the option to create official MSU courses. If a graduate student instructor has been assigned to teach an MSU course (e.g., a summer course) the student should contact the LON-CAPA Helpdesk and ask to be granted privileges to request creation of official MSU courses.

Follow course request link


Request an official course

Choose 'msu' for the domain, 'New request' for the action, and 'official course' for the type. Push Next.

Create official MSU Course


Designate course

Choose the year, semester, and department for the course you wish to create. Enter the course number for the course. Push Next.

Designate MSU Course Code


Optionally select course to clone

You should see in green lettering that the course you chose is valid. Optionally edit the course description.

Verify course category

If you wish to clone a course you have permission to clone for your new course, Select Yes. Otherwise, leave it No.

Select option to clone

If you select 'Yes,' a new menu will appear. Click the 'Select Course' link to select the course you wish to clone. A pop-up window will appear. Use this window to search for the course you wish to clone. After clicking the Search button, a list of search results will appear. Select the appropriate course. If you are not allowed select the course you wish to clone, you will need to ask the course owner that is listed in the search results to give you permission to clone the course. Instructions for granting cloning permission are available further down this page. Select the course and the window will close.

Search for course to clone

Next, choose if you do not want to 'clone date parameters' (you will have to create open, due, and answer dates later), 'clone date parameters as-is' (not recommended, it is likely that the course you are cloning will have answers open to be viewed), or choose the option to 'shift date parameters by a set number of days' (if you get the number of days wrong, you can always shift the days in your new course by visiting the parameter settings off of the main menu). Push Next.

Search for course to clone


Choose auto-enrollment settings and access dates

Set the dates in which students can first and last access your course. For example, if it is July, you may not want students to be able to access the course until the first day of classes in August.

Specify access dates


Optionally add course personnel

By default, you as the requester will be made the course coordinator in your course. Optionally grant other users access to your course. For example, you can add your colleague as a Course Coordinator, your graduate assistants as Instructors, and your undergraduate assistants as Teaching Assistants. If you know the user's MSU Net ID, enter that into the Username field and click the link that says 'Check username.' Assuming you entered the MSU Net ID correctly, a pop-up window will appear with the username you entered. Click select. The first name, last name, and e-mail fields will automatically be filled-out with the correct information. If you do not know the MSU Net ID, click the link that says 'Search for user.' A pop-up window will appear that will help you search for the user. It is recommended that you choose the option 'in institutional directory for selected domain' in the Search criteria section. This way, if the user you are looking for doesn't have a LON-CAPA account, you will be able to find the MSU affiliate in the MSU institutional directory.

Choose the appropriate Role for the user. Optionally enter the section. Course Coordinators do not need a section. If the section field is left blank for Instructors or Teaching Assistants, then the Instructor or Teaching Assistant will have permission to access all sections. Otherwise, you must add a role for each section. For example, if brown4567 is supposed to be an instructor for section 001 and 012, then you will need to add two roles for this person, Instructor for section 001 and Instructor for section 012. Check the 'Add?' option to add additional personnel to your course. You may also add users later, once the course has been created, by using "People » Users » Add/Modify a Course User". Push Next.

NOTE: If you will be co-teaching a course with multiple sections, each person designated an official instructor for the various sections you wish to co-teach, must be added as a course coordinator in order for the auto-enrollment to add students from all appropriate sections.

Add course personnel


Review course request settings and submit request

Review your course request and click the 'Submit course request' button to submit your request. If your course is not automatically created, and has been queued, contact the LON-CAPA Helpdesk if you need assistance.

Review course request and submit


Configure Course Enrollment

Automated enrollment will only run if you are listed in SISCS as a Primary Instructor for the course.

Automated Enrollment Manager

Configure Automated Course Enrollment by entering your new course as Course Coordinator. If your new course is not listed (and selectable) on your Roles/Courses page. click "Check for Changes" in the Functions bar on your Roles/Courses page. Use: People » Users » Automated Enrollment. The following items are available in the Automated Enrollment Manager:

Automated Enrollment for Team Taught Courses

If you want one LON-CAPA course for multiple sections with different official instructors for each section, the instructor who requested the course must assign a Course Coordinator role to all official instructors listed in SISCS for the sections you wish to combine in one course.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Enrollment


Granting Cloning Privileges for Another Instructor

  1. Become course coordinator for the course you want to grant cloning privileges.
  2. Use Settings » Course Settings » Display ("General course settings" checked).
  3. The "Users allowed to clone course" row contains a field to specify a specific user to clone your course. Enter username:domain into this field. For example, if the username is smith1234, you would enter smith1234:msu into the field.
  4. You may also want grant permission to all users with rights to create courses in a domain to clone your course.
  5. Push "Save Changes".


Getting Help

If you need additional help, submit a help request.