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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.  
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A teacher can organise users into groups within the course or within particular activities.
* [[Create group|Create/edit group]]
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==Creating a group==
* [[Assign users to group]]
 
* [[Auto-create groups]]
 
* [[Groupings| Groupings tab]]
 
* [[Groups overview|Overview tab]]
 
* [[Groups versus groupings|Groups vrs groupings]]
 
* [[Groups FAQ]]
 
  
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To create a group
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#Click the 'Create group' button in ''Settings > Course administration > Users > Groups''
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#Add a group name and optional description (displayed above the list of group members on the participants page), enrolment key and picture (displayed on the participants page and next to forum posts)
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#Click the 'Save changes' button
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#Click the 'Add/remove users button
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# In the "Potential members" list, select the users you want to add to the group. Multiple users may be selected using the Crtl key.
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# Click the Add button to add the users to the group
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[[File:Create group.png]]
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==Auto-create groups==
  
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Groups may be created automatically via the 'Auto-create groups' button in ''Settings > Course administration > Users > Groups''.
  
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[[File:Auto-create groups.png]]
  
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'''Specify''' and '''Group/Member count''' work together. 
  
Using groups on the course or activity level will allow the teacher to:
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You can specify if you would like to  create
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*x number of Groups or  
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*each group contain x number of students
  
*Completely isolate groups of students by sight and activity from each other.
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:When selecting '''Members per group''' the '''Prevent last small group''' will allocate additional members to an existing group rather then create a new group with fewer members than x.
*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.  
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A '''naming scheme''' can be created automatically.  # is replaced by sequential numbers, and @ by letters.  For example: 
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*''Group @'' will create group with a naming scheme Group A, Group B, Group C . . .
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*''Group #'' will create group with a naming scheme Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 . . .
  
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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'''Create in grouping''' and '''Grouping name''' allows you to create a new grouping and allocate the new autocreated groups to be created to it.   
  
The [[Image:Group.gif]] icon links to the Groups screen. There are 3 tabs on this screen:
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Prior to creating the groups, you can view the groups
*Groups - create/edit a group, add/subtract members,
 
*Groupings - create groups of individual groups
 
*Overview
 
  
==Groups tab==
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==Groups overview==
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===
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A overview of groups and groupings is available via the Overview tab in ''Settings > Course administration > Users > Groups''.
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').
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The table may be filtered to display particular [[Groupings|groupings]] or groups.
:''TIP:'' To assign a group icon, you will need to have permission to add a picture to your profile.
 
  
===Add or remove group members ===
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==Using groups==
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.
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Using groups on the course or activity level will allow the teacher to:
  
===Auto-create groups===
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*Completely isolate groups of students by sight and activity from each other.
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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*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.
See [[Auto-create groups]] for more information.
 
 
 
===Adding/subtracting people in a group===
 
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..
 
 
 
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==
 
  
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===Group levels===
 
A group or grouping can be used on two levels:
 
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 [[Course_settings|settings]].
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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 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.  
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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.  
  
 
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[[Image:forceYes.png]]
 
[[Image:forceYes.png]]
  
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===Group modes===
  
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There are three group modes:
  
'''There are three group modes:'''
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*No groups - There are no sub groups, everyone is part of one big community
 
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*Separate groups - Each group can only see their own group, others are invisible.
===No groups===
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*Visible groups - Each group works in their own group, but can also see other groups. (The other groups' work is read-only.)
: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.)
 
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[Groups FAQ]]
 
*[[Create group]]
 
*[[Assign users to group]]
 
*[[What is the difference between groups and groupings?]]
 
 
*[[Upload users]] - for importing users into groups
 
*[[Upload users]] - for importing users into groups
*[https://docs.moodle.org/en/Groups_FAQ#Is_it_possible_to_create_site-wide_groups.3F Is it possible to create site-wide groups?]
 
*Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=1490 Groups forum]
 
 
[[Category:Groups]]
 
  
 
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Revision as of 12:39, 13 October 2011

A teacher can organise users into groups within the course or within particular activities.

Creating a group

To create a group

  1. Click the 'Create group' button in Settings > Course administration > Users > Groups
  2. Add a group name and optional description (displayed above the list of group members on the participants page), enrolment key and picture (displayed on the participants page and next to forum posts)
  3. Click the 'Save changes' button
  4. Click the 'Add/remove users button
  5. In the "Potential members" list, select the users you want to add to the group. Multiple users may be selected using the Crtl key.
  6. Click the Add button to add the users to the group

Create group.png

Auto-create groups

Groups may be created automatically via the 'Auto-create groups' button in Settings > Course administration > Users > Groups.

Auto-create groups.png

Specify and Group/Member count work together.

You can specify if you would like to create

  • x number of Groups or
  • each group contain x number of students
When selecting Members per group the Prevent last small group will allocate additional members to an existing group rather then create a new group with fewer members than x.

A naming scheme can be created automatically. # is replaced by sequential numbers, and @ by letters. For example:

  • Group @ will create group with a naming scheme Group A, Group B, Group C . . .
  • Group # will create group with a naming scheme Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 . . .

Create in grouping and Grouping name allows you to create a new grouping and allocate the new autocreated groups to be created to it.

Prior to creating the groups, you can view the groups.

Groups overview

A overview of groups and groupings is available via the Overview tab in Settings > Course administration > Users > Groups.

The table may be filtered to display particular groupings or groups.

Using groups

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.

Group levels

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

AND

forceYes.png

Group modes

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.)

See also