Using the Clone and Invite Wizard

Note: For security reasons, Team Allocation Links and the Clone and Invite Wizard are disabled by default. To enable them for your account, please contact support quoting your Kialo Edu username and institution.

Note: The Clone and Invite Wizard is an advanced tool. Please ensure you’ve read and understood how it works before using it.

The Clone and Invite Wizard is the easiest way to get individual students or groups into their own copy of a discussion. It is particularly useful when using Kialo with large groups of students.

About the Clone and Invite Wizard

Before using the Clone and Invite Wizard, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the following Kialo terms and processes:

The Clone and Invite Wizard works by cloning a template discussion to create identical discussions for each user or team specified. Each specified user – or team of users –  is invited to their own copy of the original discussion.

Optionally, other users or teams can be invited to all the cloned discussions created by the Clone and Invite Wizard. This is useful if there are additional teaching staff who should have access to all student discussions, such as for grading purposes.

Changes and comments on claims in the template discussion can optionally be included in the cloned discussions. These are useful to include if you want to leave additional information for students inside the discussion, such as comments explaining claims.

If you want to use the Clone and Invite Wizard to invite groups of students to discussions, you need to organize students groups into Kialo teams beforehand. The Clone and Invite Wizard functions by creating a new discussion for each user or team you enter. Without teams for your groups, you won’t be able to add multiple people to one discussion through this process.

For organizational purposes, the Clone and Invite Wizard will append the name of clone discussions with the user or team invited to each one.

The Clone and Invite Wizard is very effective when used alongside Team Allocation Links, allowing you to organize students into equally sized teams, and then invite those teams into their own clones of sample discussions.

Ensure that the discussion you want to clone has all the necessary information included before using the Clone and Invite Wizard. After the discussion has been cloned, changes made to the original discussion will not effect clone discussions.

Walkthrough: Cloning a Discussion for Individual Students

Follow this walkthrough if you want each individual student to have their own clone of a discussion to work in.

  1. First, create the discussion that each student should receive a copy of.
  2. Open the Clone and Invite Wizard in the discussion:
    1. On the My Kialo page, navigate to the ‘Own’ section.
    2. On the card of the discussion you have created, click on the ‘Menu’ icon (the vertical three dots).
    3. Select ‘Clone and Invite Wizard’.
  3. Under ‘Invite each to their own cloned discussion’, enter the usernames or teams of students, separated by commas.
    1. If you have entered a team for this step, check ‘Create a separate clone for each team member’.
  4. (Optional): If students should have a role other than Writer in their discussions, adjust this to the intended role.
  5. (Optional): If there are any users or teams who should be invited to all cloned discussions, such as additional teaching staff, enter their username(s) or team name(s) under ‘Invite each to all cloned discussions’.
  6. (Optional): If the users or teams invited to all cloned discussions should have a role other than Writer, adjust this.
  7. (Optional): If you have included comments or edits which should be visible to students, check ‘Clones shall include comments and changes of the source discussion’.
  8. Click ‘Start Cloning’.

The ‘Cloning started successfully’ window appears. This process usually takes a few minutes, but can be up to an hour depending on how many clones are being created and how large the template Kialo Edu discussion is.

Walkthrough: Cloning a Discussion for Groups of Students

Follow this walkthrough if you want each group of students to have their own clone of a discussion to work in. Student groups must be organized into teams beforehand.

  1. First, create the discussion that each student group should receive a copy of.
  2. Open the Clone and Invite Wizard in the discussion:
    1. On the My Kialo page, navigate to the ‘Own’ section.
    2. On the card of the discussion you have created, click on the ‘Menu’ icon the vertical three dots). 
    3. Select ‘Clone and Invite Wizard’.
  3. Under ‘Invite each to their own cloned discussion’, enter the teams of student groups.
  4. (Optional): If students should have a role other than Writer in their discussions, adjust this.
  5. (Optional): If there are any users or teams who should be invited to all cloned discussions, such as additional teaching staff, enter their username(s) or team name(s) under ‘Invite each to all cloned discussions’.
  6. (Optional): If the users or teams invited to all cloned discussions should have a role other than Writer, adjust this.
  7. (Optional): If you have included comments or edits which should be visible to students, check ‘Clones shall include comments and changes of the source discussion’.
  8. Click ‘Start Cloning’.

The ‘Cloning started successfully’ window appears. This process usually takes a few minutes, but can be up to an hour depending on how many clones are being created and how large the template Kialo Edu discussion is.

Further Reading

Kialo has many features and tools that are useful when working with large groups of students. Further reading relevant to working with large groups of students:

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