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The grouptool module (mod/grouptool) enhances the functionality of Moodle default groups. Two of the additional features are the possibility for students to enrol in groups with waiting lists on their own, and the transfer of grades within groups.

The grouptool module features the following functionalities:

  • automatic creation of groups with simultaneous enrolment of participants (optional)
    • 1-person groups
    • groups with pre-defined numbers of persons or groups
    • groups with certain pre-defined group names, consisting of [lastname], [firstname], [idnumber], [usernumber], numbers, alphabetical indexes, and pure text
  • simultaneous creation of groupings for each group created
  • self-enrolment of participants in exisiting groups:
    • activate the groups and specify their order for each grouptool instance
    • use a waiting list system with optional limitation of the number of participants
    • define the maximum number allowed per group or for all available groups
  • allow each participant to enrol in several groups (min./max.)
  • group grades - transfer awarded grades to other group participants
    • automatically for all groups or just for some
    • select the participant from whom the grade is to be transferred


Create groups and allow students to form groups of no more than five members each to work on a joint project during the semester.


Copy the module code directly to the "mod/grouptool" directory. Open the messages page in the administration area to automatically start the installation.

Admin settings

As an administrator you can set the default values instance-wide on the settings page for administrators in the grouptool module:

  • default naming scheme (text field)
  • allow self-enrolment (checkbox)
  • show group members (checkbox)
  • immediate enrolment (checkbox)
  • allow unenrolment (checkbox)
  • general default group size (text field)
  • limited group size (checkbox)
  • define different group sizes (checkbox)
  • use waiting lists (checkbox)
  • maximum number of waiting lists a participant can be on at the same time (checkbox)
  • multiple enrolments (checkbox)
  • minimum number of groups to be selected (text field)
  • maximum number of groups to be selected (text field)
  • sync behaviour:
    • when adding a group member (drop down)
    • when deleting a group member (drop down)
    • when deleting a group (drop down)

Screenshot of the module

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