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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Groups.

(Answered in Intro, what do groups do in a course ?)
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{{Course admin}}
 
{{Course admin}}
The '''Groups''' feature allows a teacher to assign teachers and students to a group within a course. Participants in a course can belong to more than one group (Moodle 1.6 onwards).  The Groups feature can be applied to an activity, to provide sight or interaction seperation of students.   
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The '''Groups''' feature allows a teacher to assign teachers and students to a group within a course. Participants in a course can belong to more than one group.  The Groups feature can be applied to an activity, to provide sight or interaction separation of students.   
 
   
 
   
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==Groups pre-1.9==
 
==Groups pre-1.9==
The Groups edit page has three columns:
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[[Image:000.jpg|left|thumb|Groups in Moodle 1.7]]In Moodle 1.6 and 1.7, the Groups edit page has three columns:
  
 
* ''People in the course'' - both assigned and unassigned participants.
 
* ''People in the course'' - both assigned and unassigned participants.
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Underneath each column are the options for that column.  
 
Underneath each column are the options for that column.  
  
[[Image:000.jpg|frame|left|groups administration page]]
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To create new groups, type the group name in the text box and click the adjacent "Add new group" button. You can add a description to this group using the "Edit group settings" button. If you define a group [[enrolment key]] then, not only will entering that key let the user into the course, but it will also automatically make them a member of this group.
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To create new groups, type the group name in the text box and click the adjacent ''Add new group'' button. You can add a description to this group using the ''Edit group settings'' button.
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To add a participant(s) to a group you need to select their name in the first column (use shift or ctrl for multiple selections), select the group you wish to add them to from the centre column, and then click the "Add selected to group ->" button.
  
To add a participant(s) to a group you need to select their name in the first column (use shift or ctrl for multiple selections), select the group you wish to add them to from the centre column, and then click the ''Add selected to group ->'' button.
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To remove participants from a group, select the appropriate group to view members, select the participants to remove and click the "Remove selected members" button.
  
To remove participants from a group, select the appropriate group to view members, select the participants to remove and click the ''Remove selected members'' button.
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[[Image:Groups 1.8.png|thumb|Groups in Moodle 1.8]]In Moodle 1.8 onwards, [[Assign users to group|users are assigned to groups]] on a separate page.  
  
 
==Group modes==
 
==Group modes==
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:Each group works in their own group, but can also see other groups.
 
:Each group works in their own group, but can also see other groups.
  
==Groups in Moodle 1.9 onwards==
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==Groups in Moodle 1.9==
{{Moodle 1.9}}
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In Moodle 1.9 onwards, groups include the following additional features:
 
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*[[Create grouping]]
An attempt to add groupings to Moodle 1.8 was made; however, it was decided to remove this functionality until it can be better tested and integrated with other parts of Moodle (i.e. modules, gradebook, etc.). The initial interface has been modified so that groupings no longer appear as part of the user interface in Moodle 1.8.
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*[[Auto-create groups]]
 
 
In Moodle 1.9, the concept of Groupings will be introduced: a way of organizing various groups in a hierarchical structure. While this approach may prove to be more powerful, using groups is no longer as intuitive. For example, a teacher teaches four sections of the same class. The teacher could have 4 groupings (i.e. one for each section). Within those sections the teacher could assign various students to various groups within the groupings.
 
 
 
=== How to add students to groups in Moodle 1.9 ===
 
To add students to a group, the teacher must follow these steps.
 
# [[Create grouping|Create a grouping]]
 
## Click the "Create grouping" button.
 
## Enter the "Grouping name" and optionally a description.
 
## Click the "Create grouping" button.
 
# [[Create group|Create a group]] in the grouping
 
## Select the title in "Groupings" that you just created.
 
## Click the "Create group in grouping" button.
 
## Enter the "Group name" and optionally a description.
 
## Optionally, enter an Enrollment key. (If you define a '''group enrolment key''' then not only will entering that key let the user into the course, but it will also automatically make them a member of this group.)
 
## Click the "Create group" button.
 
# [[Assign users to group|Assign users to the group]].
 
## Select the title in "Groups in: Groupings" that you just created
 
## Click the "Add/remove users" button.
 
## In the "Potential members" list, select the students you want to add to the group.
 
## Click the arrow button that points towards the "Existing members" list.
 
## That's all
 
### Click the "Back to groups" button to return for more editing.
 
### Click the "Participants" link to see the participants list and the pull-down menu to see "Separate groups."
 
 
 
=== Screen shot (Beta Version?)===
 
It looks slightly different now.
 
 
 
[[Image:Groups_screenshot_18.jpg|frame|left|groups administration page]]
 
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When the user clicks on the Add/Remove users button, they are brought to the [[Assign users to group]] page with a list of the potential users that can be added to the group. The user then has the option of hitting the return button to go back and view the groupings, groups in groupings and the members of the groups.
 
 
 
===Orphan groups===
 
Groups can be created outside of groupings. A pseudo-grouping is provided as "Not in a grouping", and contains all groups that do not belong to any grouping (i.e. orphan groups). This functionality is there to handle imports of groups from previous versions or other sources. It is advised that all groups created using this interface are created within groupings.
 
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
  
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*[[Assign users to group]] in Moodle 1.8 onwards
 
*[[Groups FAQ]]
 
*[[Groups FAQ]]
*[http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=1490 Using Moodle: Groups] forum
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*Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=1490 Groups forum]
  
 
[[Category:Groups]]
 
[[Category:Groups]]

Revision as of 12:05, 25 October 2007


The Groups feature allows a teacher to assign teachers and students to a group within a course. Participants in a course can belong to more than one group. The Groups feature can be applied to an activity, to provide sight or interaction separation of students.


Groups pre-1.9

Groups in Moodle 1.7
In Moodle 1.6 and 1.7, the Groups edit page has three columns:
  • People in the course - both assigned and unassigned participants.
  • Groups - A list of groups available for this course.
  • Members of selected group - When you select a group this column will display the members of that group

Underneath each column are the options for that column.

To create new groups, type the group name in the text box and click the adjacent "Add new group" button. You can add a description to this group using the "Edit group settings" button. If you define a group enrolment key then, not only will entering that key let the user into the course, but it will also automatically make them a member of this group.

To add a participant(s) to a group you need to select their name in the first column (use shift or ctrl for multiple selections), select the group you wish to add them to from the centre column, and then click the "Add selected to group ->" button.

To remove participants from a group, select the appropriate group to view members, select the participants to remove and click the "Remove selected members" button.

Groups in Moodle 1.8
In Moodle 1.8 onwards, users are assigned to groups on a separate page.

Group modes

The group mode can be defined at two levels:

  • Course level - the group mode defined at the course level is the default mode for all activities defined within that course. This is determined in the course settings
  • Activity level - each activity that supports groups can also have its own group mode defined. If the course setting "Force group mode" is set to "Yes" then the option to define the group mode for individual activities is not available i.e. there is no Groups icon Groupn.gif next to activities on the course page.

There are three group modes:

No groups
There are no sub groups, everyone is part of one big community.
Separate groups
Each group can only see their own group, others are invisible.
Visible groups
Each group works in their own group, but can also see other groups.

Groups in Moodle 1.9

In Moodle 1.9 onwards, groups include the following additional features:

See also