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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 (Moodle 1.6 onwards)Specific activities can be given to specific groups by the teacher.
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The '''Groups''' feature allows a teacher to assign teachers and students to one or more groupsThis can be on the course or on the activity level.  
 
==Groups pre-1.8==
 
The Groups edit page has three columns:
 
  
* ''People in the course'' - both assigned and unassigned participants.
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Using groups on the course or activity level will allow the teacher to:
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*Completely isolate groups of students by sight and activity from each other.
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*Partially separate groups, where one group can see other groups and each groups' activity, but not interact with the other group(s).
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*Identify each group with an icon.
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The groups feature can allow different cohorts of students (and their teachers) to take the same course asynchronously without creating a "new" course. Or it allows 1 course with a large student enrolment  to place students into sections, each section having their own teacher.  Or it allows 1 course that is used by different departments.
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{{Moodle 1.9}}
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Groups must be enabled in the [[Course_settings]].  After it is enabled a group icon will appear in the [[Course administration block]].
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The [[Image:Group.gif]] icon links to the Groups screen. There are 3 tabs on this screen:
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*Groups - create/edit a group, add/subtract members,
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*Groupings - create groups of individual groups
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*Overview
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==Groups tab==
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This screen changes depending upon the edit button which is selected below the "Groups" and "Members of" lists.  You will find buttons for: Show members of group, Edit group settings, Delete selected group, Create group, and  Auto create group.
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===Create a group===
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Select the Create a group button.  Give the group a name and a description. The [[enrolment key]] field will allow a user to enter the course and  will automatically make them a member of this group. Uploading a group icon, will place the icon on the participants listing, forum posts by those group members and other places.  The Save button takes you back to the Group tab screen.
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:''TIP:'' For the enrolment key to work you will need to define a separate course enrolment key in your 'course settings').
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:''TIP:'' To assign a group icon, you will need to have permission to add a picture to your profile.
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===Add or remove group members ===
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After creating a group, highlight a group and click the "Add members" button below the "Members of" list.  The screen will change. Next you will see the add and remove buttons between 2 lists.
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Highlight members you wish to add or remove. Remember you can use the Crtl key to select more than one person.
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===Auto-create groups===
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From the groups tab, it is possible to automate the creation of groups.  Auto creation is a powerful tool which can allocate members to groups by several methods (alpha or randomly), set maximum number of members, create a unique group name and even assign the new group to a grouping.
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See [[Auto-create groups]] for more information.
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===Adding/subtracting people in a group===
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To [[Assign users to group|add a member]](s) to a group you need to select the group name in the left column, then select the participants (use shift or ctrl for multiple selections), from the right column. Click the "Add" button to move them to the selected group..
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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.
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==Groupings tab==
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Groupings allow you combine individual groups, which then become a group itself.
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See [[Groupings]] for more information.
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==Overview tab==
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The overview tab shows course groupings, and membership of each group.
  
* ''Groups'' - A list of groups available for this course.
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See [[Groups overview]] for more information
  
* ''Members of selected group'' - When you select a group this column will display the members of that group
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==Using groups in course or activity==
  
Underneath each column are the options for that column.
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A group or grouping can be used on two levels:
  
[[Image:000.jpg|frame|left|groups administration page]]
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* '''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 [[Course_settings|settings]].
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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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* '''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.  
  
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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[[Image:forceNo.png]]
  
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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==Group modes==
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[[Image:forceYes.png]]
  
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|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 [[Image:Groupn.gif]] next to activities on the course page.
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'''There are three group modes:'''
 
There are three group modes:
 
  
;No groups
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===No groups===
 
:There are no sub groups, everyone is part of one big community.
 
:There are no sub groups, everyone is part of one big community.
  
;Separate groups
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===Separate groups===
 
:Each group can only see their own group, others are invisible.
 
:Each group can only see their own group, others are invisible.
  
;Visible groups
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===Visible groups===
:Each group works in their own group, but can also see other groups.
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:Each group works in their own group, but can also see other groups. (The other groups' work is read-only.)
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==Groups in older Moodle versions==
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===Groups in 1.8===
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[[Image:Groups 1.8.png|thumb|center|Edit groups screen in Moodle 1.8]]
  
==Groups in Moodle 1.8 onwards==
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Please note, in Moodle 1.8 onwards, [[Create group|groups are created]] and [[Assign users to group|users are assigned]] on separate pages.
{{Moodle 1.8}}
 
In Moodle 1.8, the concept of Groupings is 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 1.8 ===
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===Groups pre -1.8===
To add students to a group, the teacher must follow these steps.
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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:
# [[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?)===
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* ''People in the course'' - both assigned and unassigned participants.
It looks slightly different now.
 
  
[[Image:Groups_screenshot_18.jpg|frame|left|groups administration page]]
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* ''Groups'' - A list of groups available for this course.
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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.
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* ''Members of selected group'' - When you select a group this column will display the members of that group
  
===Orphan groups===
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Underneath each column are the options for that column.  
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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*[[Groups FAQ]]
  
*[[Groups FAQ]]
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*[[Create group]] in Moodle 1.8 onwards, including information on setting group enrolment keys
*[http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=1490 Using Moodle: Groups] forum
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*[[Assign users to group]] in Moodle 1.8 onwards
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*[[What is the difference between groups and groupings?]]
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*[[Upload users]] - for importing users into groups
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*[https://docs.moodle.org/en/Groups_FAQ#Is_it_possible_to_create_site-wide_groups.3F Is it possible to create site-wide groups?]
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*Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=1490 Groups forum]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 13:53, 18 April 2011

The Groups feature allows a teacher to assign teachers and students to one or more groups. This can be on the course or on the activity level.

Using groups on the course or activity level will allow the teacher to:

  • Completely isolate groups of students by sight and activity from each other.
  • Partially separate groups, where one group can see other groups and each groups' activity, but not interact with the other group(s).
  • Identify each group with an icon.

The groups feature can allow different cohorts of students (and their teachers) to take the same course asynchronously without creating a "new" course. Or it allows 1 course with a large student enrolment to place students into sections, each section having their own teacher. Or it allows 1 course that is used by different departments.

Moodle1.9


Groups must be enabled in the Course_settings. After it is enabled a group icon will appear in the Course administration block.

The Group.gif icon links to the Groups screen. There are 3 tabs on this screen:

  • Groups - create/edit a group, add/subtract members,
  • Groupings - create groups of individual groups
  • Overview

Groups tab

This screen changes depending upon the edit button which is selected below the "Groups" and "Members of" lists. You will find buttons for: Show members of group, Edit group settings, Delete selected group, Create group, and Auto create group.

Create a group

Select the Create a group button. Give the group a name and a description. The enrolment key field will allow a user to enter the course and will automatically make them a member of this group. Uploading a group icon, will place the icon on the participants listing, forum posts by those group members and other places. The Save button takes you back to the Group tab screen.

TIP: For the enrolment key to work you will need to define a separate course enrolment key in your 'course settings').
TIP: To assign a group icon, you will need to have permission to add a picture to your profile.

Add or remove group members

After creating a group, highlight a group and click the "Add members" button below the "Members of" list. The screen will change. Next you will see the add and remove buttons between 2 lists.

Highlight members you wish to add or remove. Remember you can use the Crtl key to select more than one person.

Auto-create groups

From the groups tab, it is possible to automate the creation of groups. Auto creation is a powerful tool which can allocate members to groups by several methods (alpha or randomly), set maximum number of members, create a unique group name and even assign the new group to a grouping.

See Auto-create groups for more information.

Adding/subtracting people in a group

To add a member(s) to a group you need to select the group name in the left column, then select the participants (use shift or ctrl for multiple selections), from the right column. Click the "Add" button to move them to the selected group..

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.

Groupings tab

Groupings allow you combine individual groups, which then become a group itself.

See Groupings for more information.

Overview tab

The overview tab shows course groupings, and membership of each group.

See Groups overview for more information

Using groups in course or activity

A group or grouping can be used on 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.

forceNo.png

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forceYes.png


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. (The other groups' work is read-only.)

Groups in older Moodle versions

Groups in 1.8

Edit groups screen in Moodle 1.8

Please note, in Moodle 1.8 onwards, groups are created and users are assigned on separate pages.

Groups pre -1.8

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.

See also