Class sections support the common class model where a few instructors (including TAs) co-teach a single large class. Due to a school’s room-size constraints or to provide scheduling flexibility, students at a school may enroll in different sections of that large class. The zyBook’s section attribute conveniently allows instructors of such classes to download activity reports for specific class sections.
In that common class model, the students are still part of one large class, and the instructors are all teachers of that one class. As such, instructors (including TAs) can see all students and can run reports on any section.
Specifically not supported is restricting instructor access to only specific sections, allowing instructor notes to appear only in specific sections, or allowing configurations to differ across sections. Supporting such features introduces numerous complexities, both to the user model and to the implementation, and is not a kind of class section model that our section feature is designed to support. If your class has multiple sections that differ from the above common model and instead are more independent, you may wish to create multiple class zyBooks.
Our help article, Should I use one zyBook or two? digs deeper into the differences between setting up multiple class sections in one zyBook or setting up multiple zyBooks.
How to set up class sections
Navigate to the "My class" tab, found in the lower right-hand corner of the zyBook home page.
Click the orange "Manage" button, which will open the "Manage your class" modal.
Near the bottom of the card labeled "Class info", you should see a header labeled "Roster organization" followed by a blue text button labeled "Add a section".
Each time you click the "Add a section" text button, a new input field will appear. You can delete extra input fields using the "x" button.
Enter section names in the text fields. Then click "Save" or "Save & exit" at the bottom.
How do students select their section?
The first time a student navigates to a zyBook, they will be taken to the subscribe page.
On that page, there will be a dropdown picker present that students can use to select their section.
Students have already subscribed, can I still add sections?
Absolutely! If you add sections after students have started subscribing, your students will be prompted to select a section the next time they go their zyBook.
What if a student needs to change sections?
To change a student's Class section, start by going to the "My class" tab in your class zyBook.
Click on "Manage" and scroll down to the card labeled "Manage students".
Select a student from the drop-down menu and the option to assign the student to a section will appear.
Students can also update their own sections on the "My subscription tab" in their zyBook. You may wish to review our student-facing article, How do I change my email address, password, or class section?