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Groupings FAQ

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What is a grouping?

A grouping is a collection of groups. When you have made groups in a course you have the option of adding them to a grouping. A single grouping can house one group or several groups.

Note that since you can have a group of only one member, you can therefore have a grouping of only one member too, if you wish to restrict an activity to a single person in your course.

Groupings were designed to allow selection of different sets of groups in each activity. If you assign an activity to a grouping then only the group/grouping that is selected will be able to see and do the activity. It will be invisible to other groups or groupings.

What is the difference between a group and a grouping?

A group is a set of users. A grouping is a set of groups.

Why is the 'Available for group members' feature still experimental?

There are known problems that will not be probably fixed.

Why does a graded activity assigned to a particular grouping only appear in the gradebook for all users?

This is the case for teachers viewing the gradebook in a course. The gradebook does not currently consider the experimental Available for group members only functionality. (See MDL-13868 for details.) It is recommended that separate courses are used instead. A possible workaround is:

  1. Put all graded activity is assigned to a particular grouping into one category
  2. Set the aggregation for the category to maximum grade
  3. Hide the individual activities

However, this is not the case for students viewing their grades. They should NOT see activities that were allocated to a different grouping from their own. (See MDL-31510 for details)

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