Leo User Guide

Creating a Course Lottery

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There are two components that should be considered before you create a new Course Lottery record. Determining the following before creating a new Lottery record is our recommended best practice.

  • Group Access: Which group(s) of students will be participating in the lottery? Students that are participating in your lottery should be part of a group(s) that can be assigned access. While multiple groups can be assigned access, it is important to note that every student within the groups that have been assigned will have access to rank lottery selections.
  • Elements: Elements are the things that students will be ranking. These can be Groups, Events, or Course Sections. For the easiest workflow, you should make sure that the elements already exist within your system before creating your lottery record. Keep in mind, events and course sections can be created in bulk via the data entry tool in the Admin Toolbar.

This article will address the components and various considerations for creating a Course Lottery in Leo. Leo also supports Event, Group, and Course Block Lotteries. Not sure which one to utilize? Click here to learn more about each type of Lottery and the various outcomes.

Path: Admin Toolbar > Course Management > Lotteries/Signups > Options > Add New

Create a new Course Lottery

  • Lottery Name: Create a name for your Course Lottery.
  • Program: Select the Program from the drop-down list.
  • Type: Select Lottery from the drop-down list.
  • Signup for: Select Course from the drop-down list.
  • Block Flag: For a single Course Lottery, set the Block flag to No. Click here to learn more about Block Lotteries, a special type of a Course Lottery.
  • Begin Date & Time: Select begin date.
  • End Date & Time: Select the end date.
  • Min Count: The minimum number of students required to be awarded an element before the system will award the element to anyone (e.g. A course section much have at least 6 students in order to be allowed). This field is optional. Setting it here will set it globally for all elements, although these numbers can be adjusted individually for each element.
  • Max Count: The maximum number of students that are allowed to be awarded a specific course section. This field is optional. Setting it here will set it globally for all elements, although these numbers can be adjusted individually for each element.
  • Save Record: Save the Record and then reopen it to add Elements and Group Access. When you reopen your saved Lottery, you will see more menu options at the top of the screen.
1. Elements

For a Course Lottery, Elements are the Courses Sections, or Rotations, that you should have already created in Leo. Students will be able to select and rank these Elements in the Lottery. This screen is also where you can find the option to add conflicts to a lottery record.

Add Lottery Elements

Choose Options > Add. This is where you can select a single Course to add to the Lottery.

NOTE: If you opt to add Courses this way, you will need to fill out this form for each Course you want to add.

  • Linked to: begin typing or double-click to get a drop-down list of items to select from.
  • Min Count: the minimum number of students required to be awarded an element before the system will award the element to anyone (if left empty, this field will default to the Min Count set on the previous screen).
  • Max Count: the maximum number of Students that can be awarded this course section(if left empty, this field will default to the Max Count set on the previous screen).
  • History: this field will show you any important information about the history of the record. This field will remain empty until the record has been finalized.

Click Save Record to save and exit this screen.

Add by Select

Choose Options > Add by Select. This screen will let you select a group of Courses based on the parameters you select from fields on this screen. The Academic and School year are required.

  • All other fields are optional and cannot be accessed until you have select an academic and school year.
  • If you select a specific Course Template then the school year will be automatically updated and hidden.
  • When you click the Select Preview button a list of the Courses will be displayed, at which time you choose to add the Courses to your Lottery/Signup.

NOTE: When you first see this screen, you will only see the Academic Year and Exclude Required fields. Once you have selected something for Academic Year, the options below it will appear. Only the Academic Year and School Year fields are required.

Select Preview

After choosing Select Preview, you'll see the Course Import Preview screen. Here you can determine which course sections you want to keep in your import list, which to include, and once you have your list updated you can import these sections as Elements in your Course Lottery by choosing Options > Import Records.

  1. Import Records: Click if this is the list you want to include in the Lottery
  2. Reselect: Click if you need to further define the Courses. such as adding a date parameter.
  3. Exclude: If you want to exclude any of the Course Sections appearing in this list, click the link in the Exclude column to remove it from your import.


Conflicts allow you to add course sections that Leo will check before allowing students to rank course sections that may overlap with courses in which the student is already enrolled.

  1. Add a Conflict. Choose a single course section to add as a conflict to your course lottery. Any students enrolled in that course will not be able to rank any elements that overlap (based on begin and end dates) with the conflict record.
  2. Add by Select. Use this option to select multiple sections to add as Conflicts. This is helpful when you know there are a large number of courses that need to be added as conflicts. The functionality is the same as Add by Select for adding elements to a lottery.
  3. Clone Elements. This will allow you to add all of the Elements that are part of the lottery as Conflicts to the lottery as well. This is useful in a Block Lottery when you may have students who were pre-enrolled in any course sections, but they still need to participate in the lottery to rank and be assigned other course sections.
2. Group Access

After adding all of your Elements, choose Options > Settings to return to the Edit Lottery Record screen. Click Group Access.

Group Access Screen

Select from the Available Groups (left hand column) to move Students to the Selected Groups (right hand column). Click the small square icon at the top-right corner of the screen to save your selection and exit the screen.

NOTE: Do NOT skip this step - if you do not select which Groups are included in this Lottery, the Lottery will be sent to every User in your system.

3. Reset Min/Max

Choosing Reset  Min/Max, will present you with a warning asking you if you are sure you want to reset the elements based on the defaults entered in the Lottery Record.

  • Click OK to continue.
  • Cancel to go back.

NOTE: This option will reset all the Min/Max elements to match Min/Max Count in the Lottery Manager settings.

4. Save Record

Return to the Edit Lottery Record screen.

  • Make sure you click Save Record before exiting this screen.
  • This will save the Lottery record and all the settings.
  • Your Lottery will be available for students to rank their selections based on the dates entered on this screen. They will receive a notification in the Activity Bell, and can access the Lottery from that screen.
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