Let Students Self-Enroll

Instead of creating and distributing usernames and passwords to your students, you can let students self-enroll.

AdvantagesDisadvantages
  • Students enroll themselves without your help. They create their own usernames, if needed, or enroll with their existing username.
  • Your students are responsible for ensuring that their account information is accurate.
  • Students are required to provide an email address.
  • Until you turn off self-enrollment, late additions to your class can enroll themselves immediately after you provide the class key.
  • Students sometimes mistakenly create multiple usernames for themselves.
  • Your students can enter any username they choose, if it is not already in use.
  • WebAssign does not require students to specify a student ID number.

    If this information is required at your school for uploading scores or grades into institutional gradebooks, ask your students to include this when creating their WebAssign accounts.

Note: Choosing self-enrollment does not mean that you relinquish control over who enrolls in your class. You can still add or drop students, and you can change student information except for usernames.
Tip: A student could create two accounts — and pay for WebAssign® access twice — in order to practice their work using one account and enter their final answers using the other account.

This kind of fraud is unlikely to benefit the student since the two accounts would usually receive differently randomized versions of your assignments. It is also easily detected by comparing your school's roster information with your roster of students in WebAssign. If you suspect this is happening, contact WebAssign.

To allow students to self-enroll, either:

  • Allow self-enrollment when creating a course.
    1. On the Course Editor page, set Roster to Students self-enroll with a class key.

      All sections that are added to the course will allow self-enrollment.

      You will receive an email with a class key for each section you create in this course. You can also look up the class key in WebAssign for any of your sections.

  • Turn on self-enrollment after creating a section.
    1. Open the Roster page.

      From My Classes, click Roster under Class Tools.

    2. On the Roster page, click Student Self-Enroll.
    3. Click I want my students to self-enroll.

    The class key is displayed on the Student Self-Enroll page.

When you are ready for your students to enroll in a section, give your students in that section the class key.
Note: Each section in WebAssign has a unique class key that allows students to enroll only in that section.
Best Practice:
  • Turn off self-enrollment after the first two weeks of class. You can add individual students later if needed.
  • After turning off self-enrollment, view your roster in WebAssign and drop any students who are not currently enrolled in your course.