Hi Nick. It really isn't going to work having them in a course as guests because they won't be able to edit things like quizzes. Helen's suggestion of making a a CSV file is the best, as long as you are either the admin or you can ask the admin to do it.
The documentation Helen referred to Upload users should explain it and it is what I do/have done when I enrol large numbers of users into a course so they can be teachers and edit it. Try this:
- Using Excel or another similar program, make column headings of
- username, firstname, lastname, password, email, course1, role1
- You can give them all the same password to make it quicker.
- For the course1 column, type in the shortname of your sandbox course
- For the role1, type in editingteacher (all one word) and copy it down to everyone.
- Save as a comma separated values file and upload from Site administration>Users>Accounts>Upload users.
The advantage of doing it this way is that there is no messing about at the start of the course - you just tell them their username and common password and then once they log in they have the editing teacher role in your sandbox course. (For the next workshop I am doing I am using alplha, bravo, charlie,delta as usernames and 1234 as the password and so it's easy just to either tell them who they are or give out appropriate name cards). If you have their correct names then of course you can use those for the accounts. I have attached an example of what I mean.
If you do have 32 however , I might make sections with their names or get them to, so they don't start editing each others's work by mistake.