Bulk Uploading

Save time by uploading multiple resources from a single CSV file.

Uploading Users

It's possible to import new users and update existing users at once by uploading a CSV file of changes that need to be made.

1. In the ClearView admin interface, navigate to Users > Upload

2. Drag and drop a CSV file with your users and their attributes into the designated area of the page and click Start Upload.

The import tool does not place any constraints on the names of the columns or what data appears in this CSV file since it provides the flexibility to map your data in subsequent steps. However, see the Sample CSV for Users section below if you would like some additional guidance.

3. Once the upload has completed, a screen will be displayed allowing you to map each column from your CSV file to a Clear LRS resource, along with a preview of the first few rows of data from your CSV file.

For each column you wish to import, click the drop down and select the resource that column should be mapped to. A summary of possible values include:

Resource

Description

User Attributes

Any configured user attributes will be listed under this resource heading. The selected attribute will be added to the user's profile and can be used to segment the user for user groups, enrolments and report generation. If your user attribute is an email, you will receive the additional option to Send Learning Hub Invite - select this checkbox if you wish to mail out an activation email to each new user. An email will not be sent for users that already have an active account.

See the Importing Dates section below if your user attribute is a date for additional formatting options.

Add To Group

Enter the name of an existing User Group that you wish to add the user to. The group must exist in the system already or the user will not be added.

Add To Enrolment

Enter the name of an existing Enrolment that you wish to add the user to. The enrolment must exist in the system already or the user will not be added.

4. Ensure you select a Display Name for your users. This name may be populated by a value from a single column or composed of values from multiple columns (such as First Name and Last Name) separated by a space. 5. Click Check Mapping to validate your configuration and see a summary of actions that will be taken. The summary screen will outline how many rows contain new users or existing users, as well as any errors or warnings that may occur when importing this file.

This file contains references to a missing group and enrolment resource

It is advised that you review this summary screen carefully. Sometimes it is safe to ignore warnings but in other cases, it may result in corrupt data so read each warning message and use your best judgement before importing. You can always return to the mapping screen and remove a column from import if you're unsure of the consequences of importing it.

6. When you're satisfied that the mapping is correct, click Confirm Import to queue the file for importing. After several minutes, this file will be imported and any new users will appear in the system.

Sample CSV for Users

The below is an example CSV file that includes 4 users with columns for 3 different user attributes (First name, Last name, and Email) as well as a column for adding to a group (Group) and adding to an enrolment (Enrolment).

First name

Last name

Email

Group

Enrolment

Danny

Demo

danny.demo@example.com

Test Group

Dan

Demo

dan.demo@example.com

Test Group

Demo Enrolment

Sam

Sample

sam.sample@example.com

Missing Group

Demo Enrolment

Sammy

Sample

sammy.sample@example.com

Missing Enrolment

sample-users.csv
First name,Last name,Email,Group,Enrolment
Danny,Demo,danny.demo@example.com,Test Group,
Dan,Demo,dan.demo@example.com,Test Group,Demo Enrolment
Sam,Sample,sam.sample@example.com,Missing Group,Demo Enrolment
Sammy,Sample,sammy.sample@example.com,,Missing Enrolment

Uploading Activities

As opposed to creating multiple activities and setting values manually through the user interface, it's possible to bulk create or update activities by importing a CSV file.

1. In the ClearView admin interface, navigate to Activities > Events and click Bulk Upload

2. Drag and drop a CSV file with your users and their attributes into the designated area of the page and click Start Upload.

The import tool does not place any constraints on the names of the columns or what data appears in this CSV file since it provides the flexibility to map your data in subsequent steps. However, see the Sample CSV for Activities section below if you would like some additional guidance.

3. Once the upload has completed, a screen will be displayed allowing you to map each column from your CSV file to a Clear LRS resource, along with a preview of the first few rows of data from your CSV file.

For each column you wish to import, click the drop down and select the resource that column should be mapped to. A summary of possible values include:

Resource

Fields

Description

Activity Fields

  • Name

  • Description

Generic fields that apply to all activity types.

Activity Attributes

Any configured activity attributes will be listed under this resource heading. The selected attribute will be added to the activity and can be used when searching or in report generation.

Event Fields

  • Enrolment Mode

  • Cost

  • Learning Objectives

  • Instructions

Event-specific fields that will be displayed when viewing the Event Screen in the Learning Hub.

Enrolment Mode must be one of open, manager-approval, or closed.

Session Fields

  • Start Date/Time

  • End Date/Time

  • Time Zone

  • Code/Identifier

  • Venue Description

  • Places

  • Instructions

Session-specific fields that will be displayed when viewing the session Screen in the Learning Hub.

See Importing Dates for instructions on formatting the Start Date and End Date fields.

The Time Zone must be specified in the Continent/City format, please see the TZ column in this List of Time Zones for all available time zone values.

Session Venue

  • Facility

  • Room

Links the session to a facility and room venue.

Session Facilitator

Adds a facilitator to the session by name or unique identifier (if configured). See the Multiple Resources section for assigning multiple facilitators at once.

4. Click Check Mapping to validate your configuration and see a summary of actions that will be taken. The summary screen will outline how many rows contain new users or existing users, as well as any errors or warnings that may occur when importing this file.

This file contains references to a missing user

It is advised that you review this summary screen carefully. Sometimes it is safe to ignore warnings but in other cases, it may result in corrupt data so read each warning message and use your best judgement before importing. You can always return to the mapping screen and remove a column from import if you're unsure of the consequences of importing it.

5. When you're satisfied that the mapping is correct, click Confirm Import to queue the file for importing. After several minutes, this file will be imported and any new activities will appear in the system.

Sample CSV for Activities

The below is an example CSV file that includes 1 event and 2 sessions with columns for Name, Event Cost, Session Start Date, Session End Date and Session Time Zone.

In this example we're importing an event and a session at once, so where a column is not applicable, the value is left blank to ensure it is skipped.

Name

Cost

Start Date

End Date

Time Zone

Workshop

20

Session 1

12/11/18 9.00am

12/11/18 5.00pm

Asia/Tokyo

Session 2

20/11/18 6.00am

21/11/3.30pm

Australia/Perth

sample-activities.csv
Name,Cost,Start Date,End Date,Time Zone
Workshop,20,,,
Session 1,,12/11/18 9.00am,12/11/18 5.00pm,Asia/Tokyo
Session 2,,20/11/18 6.00am,21/11/18 3.30pm,Australia/Perth

Advanced Usage

Importing Dates

The bulk importer for users and activities may sometimes require you to specify the format of a date you are importing. This might happen if importing a user attribute that is of the date format, or when importing a Session activity with a start or end date.

Because the import tool does not constrain what format dates must appear as in the CSV file, it is the responsibility of the admin to specify how the date is formatted so that it can be imported correctly.

See the below example CSV file for importing two sessions.

Session Name

Start Date

End Date

Session A

2019-01-15 09:00

2019-01-15 17:00

Session B

2019-01-20 08:30

2019-01-21 10:00

sample-sessions.csv
Session Name,Start Date,End Date
Session A,2019-01-15 09:00,2019-01-15 17:00
Session B,2019-01-20 08:30,2019-01-21 10:00

When this file is uploaded and mapped, the import tool will request a date format for both Start Date and End Date.

Start Date and End Date both require a Date Format

The Date Format field takes a series of tokens that map to the format of the date you are trying to import. The below is a reference table for all allowed tokens:

Token

Example

Description

YYYY

2019

4 or 2 digit year

YY

19

2 digit year

M MM

1 12

Month number

D DD

1

31

Day of month

H HH

0

23

Hours (24 time)

h hh

1

12

Hours (12 hour time)

(Should be used with a A)

a A

am

PM

Post or ante meridiem

m mm

0

59

Minutes

s ss

0

59

Seconds

Given this reference table, we can determine that our sample file should use the Date Format of yyyy-mm-dd HH:mm to correctly import each session:

Row

Column Value

Result

Session A - Start Date

2019-01-15 09:00

Jan 15th, 2019 at 9am

Session A - End Date

2019-01-15 17:00

Jan 15th, 2019 at 5pm

Session B - Start Date

2019-01-20 08:30

Jan 20th, 2019 at 8.30am

Session B - End Date

2019-01-21 10:00

Jan 21st, 2019 at 10am

Note that all date and time components are optional, if no time is stipulated then the date will be imported at midnight. If no day is included in the format, the 1st of the month will be used, etc.

Multiple Resources

When bulk importing users or activities, it's often desirable to link the imported entity to some other resource in the system. This may include assigning the imported user to a Group or Enrolment - the documentation above adequately covers how this can be done, however, it may not be clear that multiple resources can be assigned to a single user at once.

Take for instance, the following sample CSV for importing two users:

Name

Group Name

John Smith

Sales

Kelly Warner

Marketing, Managers

sample-users.csv
"Name","Group Name"
"John Smith","Sales"
"Kelly Warner","Marketing, Managers"

The first row contains the user John Smith who will be added to the group Sales, if it exists. The second row, however, contains the user Kelly Warner who will be added to both the Marketing and Managers groups.

When mapping an entity to a resource, it's possible to add that user to multiple resources of that type by separating each value with a comma.