Groups

Overview

Groups allow an instructor to organize students into groups for more organized online classroom management. 

Why should I use Groups?

Groups can be a great way to promote interaction and collaboration in an online/hybrid course while staying organized and maintaining control of assignments. It allows students to work together to complete projects, just as they would in a classroom. Follow the steps below to divide your students into groups.

How to Create Groups in Moodle

Follow the instructions below to create a group:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Find the Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  3. Click the More link.
  4. Click the Users tab. 
  5. Click the Groups link.
  6. Click the Create Group button.
  7. Provide a name for the group.
  8. Click the Save changes button.

Follow the instructions below to add students to a group:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Find the Gear Menu on the top right of your course..
  3. Click the More link.
  4. Click the Users tab. 
  5. Click the Groups link.
  6. Select a group from the list.
  7. Click the Add/Remove users button.
  8. Select Potential members for the group by clicking on the appropriate names and clicking the Add button (select multiple members by holding down the control key).
  9. Click the Back to groups button once a group has been created.

Follow the instructions below to remove students from a group:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Find the Gear Menu on the top right of your course..
  3. Click the More link.
  4. Click the Users tab. 
  5. Click the Groups link.
  6. Select a group from the list.
  7. Click the Add/Remove users button.
  8. Select names within the group that you would like to remove.
  9. Click the Remove button.

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How to Create Groupings in Moodle

Just as a group is a collection of users, a grouping is a collection of groups. If you plan to use multiple sets of groups in your course, grouping will allow you to keep certain groups together depending on what type of activities you want the groups to do. It is also beneficial if you are teaching multiple sections of a class in one Moodle course or you want to create an assignment for only parts of the class.

Follow the instructions below to create a grouping:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Find the Gear Menu on the top right of your course..
  3. Click the More link.
  4. Click the Users tab. 
  5. Click the Groups link.
  6. Click the Groupings tab.
  7. Click on the Create Grouping button.
  8. Give the grouping a name and Save Changes.

Follow the instructions below to add groups to a grouping:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Find the Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  3. Click the More link.
  4. Click the Users tab. 
  5. Click the Groups link.
  6. Click the Groupings tab.
  7. Click on the People icon to the far right of the grouping name.
  8. Select desire group to include and Add them into the grouping.
  9. Click on Back to Groupings.

Follow the instructions below to remove groups from a grouping:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Find the Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  3. Click the More link.
  4. Click the Users tab. 
  5. Click the Groups link.
  6. Click the Groupings tab.
  7. Click on the People icon to the far right of the grouping name.
  8. Select desire group and Remove them from the grouping.
  9. Click on Back to Groupings.

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Assigning an Activity to a Particular Grouping

After you have created a Grouping, you might want to assign an activity to a specific grouping. This would mean that only people in those groups included in the grouping would be able to participate in that activity.

Follow the instructions below to assign an activity to a Grouping:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Click on the Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  3. Click Turn editing on, located in the dropdown menu. 
  4. Find the activity you wish to assign to a grouping.
  5. Click on Edit settings located at the right hand side.
  6. Scroll down to the Common module settings section.
  7. Find the Group mode drop-down menu.
  8. Select either Separate groups or Visible groups.
  • Separate groups means the groups will not be able to see each other.
  • Visible groups means the groups will be able to see other groups.
  1. Find the Grouping drop-down menu.
  2. Select the name of the grouping you wish to assign.
  3. Click the Save changes button.

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Restrict Access Based on Group or Grouping

You can also restrict content to only allow members of a group or grouping access.

Follow the instructions below Restrict access to a group:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Click on the Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  3. Click Turn editing on, located in the dropdown menu. 
  4. Find the activity you wish to assign to a grouping.
  5. Click on Edit settings located at the right hand side.
  6. Scroll down to the Restrict access section.
  7. Click on Add restriction.
  8. Select Group.
  9. From the drop down list whether they must or must not match, and then select which group.
  10. Click the Save changes button.

Follow the instructions below Restrict Access to a grouping:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Click on the Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  3. Click Turn editing on, located in the dropdown menu. 
  4. Find the activity you wish to assign to a grouping.
  5. Click on Edit settings located at the right hand side.
  6. Scroll down to the Restrict Access section.
  7. Click on Add restriction.
  8. Select Grouping.
  9. From the drop down list whether they must or must not match, and then select which grouping.
  10. Click the Save changes button.

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Creating a Forum Using Groups

Forums help contribute to successful communication in an online environment. Adding groups to forums adds another element and helps foster collaboration. If you would like to foster student interactions through the forum, the best types of Forums to use are the Standard forum for general use and the standard forum displayed in a blog-like format.

Follow the instructions below to Use Groups in a Forum:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Click on the Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  3. Click Turn editing on, located in the dropdown menu. 
  4. Click Add an activity or resource.
  5. Select Forum.
  6. Click Add.

You will then be taken to the set up page for your Forum

  1. Enter in a Name of your forum.
  2. Enter in a Description.
  3. Find the Common Module Settings Section.
  4. Select the Group Mode that suits your needs.
    1. Separate Groups – The students will be separated by groups that you have previously set up. They will be unable to view discussion posts made in other groups.
    2. Visible Groups – The students will be separated by groups that you have previously set up. They will be able to view discussion posts made in other groups but unable to post in other groups.
  5. Click Save.

You will then be able to Add a New Discussion Topic and select which group will be able to post to it.

Follow the instructions below to Add a New Discussion Topic for groups:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Click on your Forum.
  3. Click Add a New Discussion Topic.
  4. Add a Subject line.
  5. Write a Discussion Topic in the Message field.
  6. Find the Display Period Section.
  7. Select the Group that you would like to post the Topic to.
  8. Click Post to Forum.

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Grading Groups

To grade in groups, you must have groups created for the course, and set a group mode within the course settings.

Follow the instructions below to make a group assignment:

NOTE: The following instructions facilitate a scenario in which the professor would like to have groups within the same course have their work represented in a single submission and have each member of the group receive the same grade.

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Click on the Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  3. Click Turn editing on, located in the dropdown menu. 
  4. Find the assignment.
  5. Click Edit to the right of the assignment name.
  6. In the drop-down menu, click Edit settings.
  7. Scroll down to and click on Group submission settings.
  8. Update the Students submit in groups setting to Yes.
  9. If you have a specific Grouping, select it next to Grouping for student groups.
  10. Scroll down to Common module settings.
  11. Update the Group Mode setting to either Separate groups or Visible groups.
  12. Click Save changes at the bottom of the screen.

Follow the instructions below to grade a group submission to an Assignment:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Click the Assignment's name.
  3. Click View/grade all submissions.
  4. Find the drop-down menu above the gradebook, near the left side of the page, that says Separate groups.
  5. Choose the group for which you would like to grade. You will then only see the submission status of members of that group.
  6. Select one student in the group.
  7. Click the Grade icon to the right of their name.
  8. Update the Grade out of… box with the appropriate score.
  9. Update the Apply grades and feedback to entire group setting to Yes.
  10. Click the Save changes button at the bottom of the screen.

Follow the instructions below to grade a grade item that represents a group assignment:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Find the Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  3. Click the Grades link.
  4. Find the drop-down menu above the gradebook, near the left side of the page, that says Separate groups.
  5. Choose the group for which you would like to grade. You will then only see the grade rows of members of that group.
  6. Click Turn Editing On.
  7. Find the column that represents the grade item in question.
  8. Provide the appropriate scores for each member of the group.
  9. Click the Save changes button at the bottom of the screen.

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Group Choice

Group choice allows students to organize themselves into different groups. Professors are able to select which groups students can choose and the maximum number of students allowed in each group. Depending on settings you choose, students may see what group other users have chosen. Groups must be created to be able to use them in the group choice activity.

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Click on the Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  3. Click Turn editing on, located in the dropdown menu. 
  4. Find the section where you would like the Group Choice to be displayed.
  5. Click Add an activity or resource.
  6. In the Add an activity or resource dialog window, click the radio button next to Group Choice.
  7. Click Add at the bottom of the window.
  8. Provide a Name and Description.
  9. Update the Allow choice to be updated and Show column for unanswered options to Yes.
  10. Select the Enable setting for the Limit the number of responses allowed option.
  11. Use the drop-down arrow to select the groups in the Group field and enter a number in the Limit field (number of students per group).
  12. Click Save and return to course

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Messaging Specific Groups

If your students are divided into groups, there is a simple way to send a message to all members in each group. You can find messaging instructions on how to send a message to your entire class.

Follow the instructions below to send a message to a group:

  1. Log in to your course
  2. Click on the Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  3. Click Turn editing on, located in the dropdown menu. 
  4. Scroll down to the Groups section.
  5. Update the Group mode option to either the Separate or Visible setting.
  6. Click the Save changes button at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Find the Navigation block.
  8. Click the Current course link.
  9. Click the Participants link.
  10. Find the Separate or Visible groups drop-down menu at the top of the page.
  11.  Select the group with which you would like to communicate.
  12. Click Select all to choose all of the students within that group.
  13.  In the With selected users… drop-down menu, select Send a message.
  14. Write your message, and then click Preview.
  15. After previewing your message, click Send message.

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