Grouping users

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle may be available here: Grouping users.


It is useful to put students(or users) in group. Moodle has several flexible ways of doing this. Here is a simple overview of things that can create a complex structure.

  • Group: On the Course level can you assign a user to one (or more) group. Basically, in a course you can assign a context(activity) to a group. When members of the group leave the course, they lose their identity with the group.
  • Cohort:On the site level you assign a user to a Cohort group. Cohorts are used in the enrolment process. You can enrol a cohort in one or more courses. A cohort loses its identity once the individuals enter a context of a course but gains it back when they leave.
  • A Grouping is a collection of groups. If you had 10 groups, you could combine or mix and match the smaller groups into 2 or more groupings. You can assign a grouping to a context like an assignment.

It can get complex in planning a course where students can belong to more than one group and more than one grouping.