Groups and Groupings Moodle ISU


Introduction

The Groups and Groupings options provide a way for instructors to divide the students in order to work together on activities, give participants access to specific content, and help organize the gradebook and participant list.

Groups and Groupings are assigned to an activity or a resource in the Common Module Settings section.  To use these options you must first create your groups.

This guide will help you to:

Create Groups

Begin by creating the groups manually or using the auto-create groups option.

  1. In the Administration block of your course, Click the arrow left of Course Administration to view the menu options below.
  2. Click on Users.
  3. Click on Groups; this will take you to your Course Groups page.

Manually Create Groups

  1. Click on the Create Group button.

  1. Type in a name for your group in the Group Name text box.

Note: For more information about the File Picker screen, see Files and Repositories.

  1. Click the Save Changes button to continue, or the Cancel button to start over.

Note: After each group is created, you will see your new group listed in the groups list.

Automatically Create Groups

  1. Click on the Auto-Create Groups button.

  1. In the Select Members From Role dropdown menu, Select which role will be used to create the groups. Generally, this will be the Student role.
  2. In the Specify dropdown menu Select one of the following:

  1. Enter a number in the Group/Member Count box.
  2. If you would like to prevent a small group, or allocate participants in a non-random manner Click Show more at the bottom of the page to display the following options:
  1. Type in the Naming Scheme text box the name and either @ or # to automatically name the groups.
  1. You can place the newly created groups into the grouping by selecting the appropriate option in the Create in Grouping dropdown menu.  Groupings are discussed later in this document.
  1. Click on the Preview button to see how your participants are distributed across the groups.
  2. If you are satisfied, Click the Submit button to automatically create the groups.

Importing Groups

It is also possible to import groups from a spreadsheet (.csv).  This can be used to create the same groups across several courses.  For more information about importing groups, please contact the ITRC.

Add Students to Groups

  1. From the Course Groups page, Click on the name of a group.

  1. Click on the Add/Remove Users button located below the Members Of column.

Note: If you have used the auto-create groups option, the students have already been assigned to groups.

  1. In the Potential Members box, Click on the name of the participant you wish to add to the group.

Hot Tip: Hold the Ctrl key to select multiple participants.

Hot Tip: The numbers in parentheses next to the names are the number of groups to which each person has been added.

  1. Click on the Add button, located between the Group Members and Potential Members columns, to add the participant(s) to the group.

  1. Click the Back to Groups button when finished adding group members to this specific group.

Groupings

A grouping is a set of groups within a course. It allows you to have creative combinations of groups for any activity, e.g. you can have groups of 2, 4 and 7.  It can also allow you to limit access to a specific activity.

  1. In the Administration block of your course, Click the arrow left of Course Administration to view the menu options below.
  2. Click on Users.
  3. Click on Groups, this will take you to your Course Groups page.
  4. Click on the Groupings tab near the top of the page.

  1. Click the Create Grouping button.

 

  1. Type the name of your grouping in the Grouping Name text box.
  2. Enter a description if desired.
  3. Click on the Save Changes button.

Note: You should now be back at the Groupings Tab and see your grouping listed with none under the Groups column.

To Add Groups to a Grouping

  1. From the Groupings tab you can add groups to each of your groupings.
  2. In the Edit column, Click the Show Groups in Grouping icon.

Note: The Show Groups in Grouping icon is the image of two people.

  1. In the Potential Members box, Click on the name of the group you wish to add to the grouping.

Hot Tip: Hold the Ctrl key to select multiple groups.

  1. Click on the Add button, located between the Existing Members and Potential Members columns, to add the group(s) to the grouping.
  2. Click the Back to Groupings button when finished adding groups to this specific grouping.

Using Groups & Groupings

Once the groups and groupings have been created, you may apply the group mode to your entire course, or to a specific activity. If the group mode is defined at the course level it will be the default mode for all activities within the course; this can be changed at the activity level. The activity or resource level group mode will override the course level group mode, unless the Force Group Mode  is set to “yes”.

Course Level

The group set at the course level will be the default in all the activities.

  1. From the Administration Block, Click on the arrow left of Course Administration.
  2. Click on Edit Settings.

  1. Locate the Groups section near the bottom of the Edit Settings page.

  1. Click on the Group Mode dropdown menu and Select one of the following:
  1. Click on the Force Group Mode dropdown menu and select one of the following:
  1. Click on the Default Grouping dropdown menu

Activity and Resource Level – Common Module Settings

Each activity can define its own group mode (Separate Groups, Visible Groups, No Groups). When set at the activity level, it only applies to that specific activity.

Hot Tip: If you use groups at the activity level, it is helpful to Set the Course Settings to Group Mode: Visible Groups and Force: No.  This will allow students to see who is in their group using the Participants option.

  1. Turn Editing On. For more information on turning editing on, please see Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. Locate the activity or resource you would like to edit.
  3. Click on the Update icon.

  1. Locate the Common Module Settings main section.
  2. Select an option in the Group Mode dropdown menu.

 

  1. In the Grouping dropdown menu, Select the desired grouping.

Note: You must first create the grouping for it to show up on the list.

  1. When you have everything set, Click a save option.

For more information please see http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/Groups.


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