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PeopleSoft and Blackboard class lists alphabetical order

Question asked by jordaan.dolf on May 31, 2018

Dear all

 

We are using PeopleSoft as SIS.  We recently became aware that the class list displayed in learn and in PS Campus solution does not always provide the same alphabetical order. We requested a change which was implemented, but it seems that in PeopleSoft it puts the surnames with spaces below those without in the same alphabetical character.

Here is an example

Blackboard Class list:
Da Silva
Da Silva
Da Silva
Dagutat
Darkey 

PeopleSoft Class list:
Dagutat
Darkey
Da Silva
Da Silva
Da Silva

The "code" used to fix this in PeopleSoft / Oracle is / was:  Sorting of Enrolled student to be done on LAST_NAME_SRCH & FIRST_NAME_SRCH to sort properly and do not shift the “ de ..”, “du ..”, “le ..” and “van …” names to the end of the list.

Blackboard support suggested:

"Please contact the Bb developers at Community.Blackboard.com in the Developers section, the Bb Product Development team revise the posts published there on a daily basis, and they will provide you with a summary of the logic that Bb Learn uses to order alphabetically a list of users (e.g. in a course > users menu or in a course > grade center) including those cases when the order is done by lastname and the lastname is formed by 2 or more words with a space or a dash in between. You may also contact other clients that use PeopleSoft"

 

We will value any feedback

 

Dolf Jordaan
University of Pretoria

South-Africa


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