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Working with groups and groupings

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Groups are used to divide a class into separate identifiable sets. When working with your resources and activities, you can choose to make them visible to all groups or so that members will only see content for their specific group. You can assign students to one (or more) groups.

Groupings are collections of groups. By using Groupings, you can choose to show a resource or activity only to the groups within the selected grouping. Settings for groups and groupings are selected both at the unit and resource/activity settings levels (see Editing resource settings, Editing activity settings).


What do you want to do?


Create a group

You can manually create groups. To do this:

  1. In the Administration block of the unit, under Unit Administration>Users, click Groups.
  2. Click Create group.

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  1. Enter a name for the group.
    Note: You can also add a description or use an enrolment key if required. Click on the help icon (Help) for information about the fields.
  2. Click Save changes. The new group will be displayed in the list of groups. 

 
You can create groups using auto-create. Auto-create allows for random or systematic allocation of students into groups and groupings based for all users, particular roles, or membership status in an existing group or grouping.

To do this:

  1. Click Auto-create groups.
    Create groups options
  2. Under General
    • Provide a naming pattern for the groups, usually Stem # or Stem @ where # will add numbers and @ will append capital letters.
      For example, Presentation group  # will generate Presentation group 1, Presentation group 2, etc. Presentation group @ will generate Presentation group A, Presentation group B, etc.
    • Choose the number of groups or members per group as the basis of the allocation.
       Autocreate settings

  3. In the Group members section you can allocate members with a specific role, select members from a group or allocate members in a specific order by selecting the dropdown list. Select all options required.

    Autocreate member settings

    Prevent last small group will stop groups of 1 (or less than half the nominated number) being created.
    Note: You can click on the help icon (Help) for information about the fields.

  4. Open Grouping and select an existing grouping for the new groups or create a new one.
  5. Click Preview to see how the groups will be created, or click Submit to complete the creation. The auto-created groups will be displayed in the list of groups.

Add/remove group member

  1. In the Groups page, select the name of the group you want to add/remove members.
  2. Click Add/remove users.
  3. To add, in the Potential members column, select the names of students you want to add. To remove, in the Group members column, select the names of students you want to remove.
    Note: Multiple names may be selected in a column using the CTRL key.
  4. Click Add or Remove as required. Members will be added or removed from the Group members column.
    Note: Once done, you can click Back to groups to go back to your group list.

View all group memberships or students not in a group

  1. In the Overview tab on the Groups page, select the Grouping or Group you wish to view.
  2. Students who are not added to any group will appear at the bottom of the screen. This is useful for picking up late enrollees who may have been omitted from groups initially.

Edit group settings

  1. In the Administration block of the unit, under Unit Administration>Users, click Groups.
  2. Select a group, then click Edit group settings.
  3. Make the changes required, then click Save changes.  

Delete a group

  1. In the Administration block of the unit, under Unit Administration>Users, click Groups.
  2. Select a group, then click Delete selected group.
  3. To confirm the deletion, click Yes. The group will be removed from your group list.

Create a grouping

  1. In the Administration block of the unit, under Unit Administration>Users, click Groups.
  2. Click on the Groupings tab. The Groupings page will be displayed.
  3. Click Create grouping.
  4. Enter a name and/or description for the grouping, then click Save changes. Your new grouping will be displayed in the Groupings page.

Add/remove groups in a grouping

  1. In the Groupings page, under the Edit column, click the groups icon (group icon) beside the grouping where you want to add/remove groups.
  2. To add, in the Potential members column, select the groups you want to add. To remove, in the Existing members column, select the groups you want to remove.
    Note: Multiple groups may be selected in a column using the Crtl key.
  3. Click Add or Remove as required. 
    Note: Once done, you can click Back to groupings to go back to the Groupings page.

Edit grouping settings

  1. In the Groupings page, under the Edit column, click the update icon (update) beside the grouping.
  2. In the Edit grouping settings page, make the required changes, then click Save changes

Delete a grouping 

  1. In the Groupings page, under the Edit column, click the delete icon (delete icon) beside the grouping.
  2. To confirm the deletion, click Yes. The grouping will be removed from your groupings list.
    Note: This action only removes the groupings created, not the groups.

Suggestions on how to use this tool

  • Create separate groups to manage discussion forums
  • Use groups or groupings to manage peer reviews

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