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Mapping Pre-existing virtual classrooms

Modified on Jan-24 2014
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This article has been subsequently updated from the original to reflect alterations or functionality added in a recent Ultranet software upgrade.

If the instructions or functionality described below do not appear to match your Ultranet site, it may need to be upgraded to the latest build. If so, please ask your Ultranet administrator to contact us.

Some background information

When enabling SMS-LMS Interoperability mode in Ultranet, and virtual classrooms have already been created/populated manually prior to this, a class mapping process will be required to ensure that duplicate classrooms do not clog up your system.

Here is a graphical representation of this duplication as it would appear immediately after the very first SMS-LMS data sync has occurred:


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In this scenario, two virtual classroom pages now exist in Ultranet for the one same class. On the left is the class set up manually prior to Interop (“10SCI-B1”), and on the right is the class created automatically by the Interop sync (“Year 10 Science – B1”). “10SCI-B1” is obviously the one to keep, as it has all the content and work in it which the teacher/students don’t want to lose or wipe clean. So the immediate instinct is to delete the “Year 10 Science – B1” page, and all should be sorted.

However, this is not quite true. In Interop mode, Ultranet creates a series of mappings to keep track and know which virtual classroom to sync with which SMS class. This is determined by the ID numbers. In this example, the ‘official’ Year 10 Science class is actually “ID: 302”. So if the “Year 10 Science – B1” page was simply deleted in Ultranet, at the next Interop sync, it would get created anew all over again.

So the real solution is to map the pre-existing class “10SCI-B1” to the new Interop class’s ID (“302”). Essentially, this process links the correct ID to the old fully-populated class, and the blank Interop class is removed. Future synchronisation will therefore target this class, and not the blank duplicate class. Graphically, this would then result in something like this:

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The process for Administrators

The following steps will show you how to map pre-existing classes to the SMS Interop counterparts within Ultranet’s Administration panel.

  1. Log in to Ultranet and navigate to the Administration section. Click on the Class Mappings panel button on the right.

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  2. A list of all your pre-existing virtual classrooms will be displayed. Use the search field to narrow this down to the specific class to be mapped.

    Once identified, click on the “Map this class” button to the right.

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  3. The resulting pop-up window lists all the Interop classes. A search query is automatically performed for you, using the pre-existing class name. However, if the SMS class name format is different, you will need to modify the search query and try again. 

    Once the matching Interop class is found, click on the “Map to this class” button to the right.

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That’s all you need to do to map classes. If for any reason you should need to disassociate a mapped class from the SMS Interop sync list, search for the class on the Class Mappings panel and click the “Break Mapping” button that will show to the right. That class can then be remapped to another class, or left as a standalone class unaffected by future Interop synchronisations.

The process for Teachers

The following steps will show you how to map pre-existing classes to their SMS Interop counterparts.

  1. Log in to Ultranet and navigate to your Dashboard. Click on the My Admin Tools panel button on the right.

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  2. On the resulting page that loads, select the "Map Interop Classes" tab.

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    A list of all your pre-existing virtual classrooms will be displayed. Use the search field to narrow this down to the specific class to be mapped.

    Once identified, click on the “Map this class” button to the right.

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  3. The resulting pop-up window lists all the Interop classes. A search query is automatically performed for you, using the pre-existing class name. However, if the SMS class name format is different, you will need to modify the search query and try again.

    Once the matching Interop class is found, click on the “Map to this class” button to the right.

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