Data Tools enables users to autonomously map and upload Student files from other information systems, such as locally stored comma-separated values (CSV) or tab-separated values (TSV) files, into Path without having to manually enter the Students’ data.
Mapping links those source files that contain relevant Student data, known as Student Templates, to the fields enabled for update in Path, also called Entity Fields. This sets the appropriate relationship between both systems before an upload is carried out.
The Student Template needs to be configured in such way that the headers correspond to the appropriate Entity Fields available in the Data Mapping tool. Although this doesn’t mean that the text in the Student Template’s headers needs to be identical to the text in the Entity Fields, the information they represent must be the same. As an example, think that a possible source file for the STUID Entity Field could be Student ID.
To map data into Path:
The Data Mapping tool also holds an Advance Options button that allows users to select the delimiter character and the lines in the template assigned to Field Names and Data Start for an easier mapping of the source files.
Once Data Mapping is done, the Upload Students tool will activate the user interface feature that allows uploading the source Student file into Path.
To do so: