Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Groups.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 onwards
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.
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 a grouping
- Click the "Create grouping" button.
- Enter the "Grouping name" and optionally a description.
- Click the "Create grouping" button.
- 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 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.
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.
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.