Groups and groupings

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Groups and groupings

Splitting a class into groups is a familiar concept from face-to-face teaching. Moodle's groups provide some support for doing the same thing on line. As such, a group in Moodle is simply a set of students within a course.

A grouping in Moodle is a set of groups, which allows that set of groups to be used in assigning a forum or other activity. Normally, a grouping is a set of groups such that each student is a member of exactly one group within the grouping. Moodle does not enforce this, however; you can have overlapping groups in a grouping, or groupings that omit some students, if you want.

Creating groups

To create groups in your course:
  1. Go to the course home page in Moodle.
  2. Click the gear icon near the upper right corner of the page.
  3. At the bottom of the dropdown menu, the bottom item is “More…”. Click that.
  4. On the resulting Course administration page, the top link is marked Users. Click that.
  5. This will reveal several options, one of which is Groups. Click that link.
  6. This will take you to a page where you can create groups. On the left is a list of groups, and in the right is a list of the users in a given group. You can create groups automatically (with the “auto-create groups” button under the groups list) or manually (by repeatedly using the “Create group” button). Since the manual approach gives more control, I will describe that one.
  7. Click the “Create group” button below the list of groups. On the resulting page, give your group a name. (The name should be unique within the course, or you will be setting yourself up for awful confusion later.) At the bottom of the page, click “Save changes”.
  8. Repeat step #4 for each group you want to create. When you're done, you will have a whole bunch of groups, all of them empty.
  9. Select one of your groups by clicking on it in the list of groups. Underneath the list of group members on the right side is a button marked “Add/remove users”. Click that.
  10. You'll be taken to a new page, where you add the people you want in that group. When you're done, click “Back to groups” at the bottom of that page, and you'll go back to the groups page.
  11. Repeat steps 6-7 for each group you want to put people in.

Creating a grouping

To put your groups into a grouping:

  1. On the same groups page where you created the groups, if you look up above the groups list you'll see that the page actually has three tabs. The middle tab is “Groupings”; click it.
  2. Click the “Create grouping” button on the bottom. Give your grouping a name, and click “Save changes” at the bottom of the page.
  3. You'll be taken back to the Groupings page, where you will see your new grouping in the list of groupings. Next, you need to add groups to it. In the rightmost column of the list of groupings, you'll see three icons: a gear that lets you edit the grouping's settings, an X that lets you delete the grouping, and an icon that looks like a couple of people. Click that last icon.
  4. You'll be taken to a page very much like the one where you added students to groups, except that this one lets you add groups to groupings. Add the desired groups to your grouping, and click “Back to groupings” at the bottom.
  5. You should now see your grouping in the groupings list, with the correct groups listed as its members. You're now ready to use that grouping in forums, assignments, etc.
Last modified: Saturday, August 18, 2018, 10:03 PM