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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 3.1. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle is probably available here: Groups.

Template:Course admin 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. The Groups feature can be applied to an activity, to provide sight or interaction separation of students.

Groups in Moodle 1.9

Template:Moodle 1.9 Groups must be enabled in the course settings. After it is enabled a group icon will appear in the Course administration block. This icon links to the "Features Groups" page.

To create a group, click on the "Create group" button below the left column. Type the group name in the text box, a description. 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 (For this to work you will need to define a seperate course enrolment key in your 'course settings'). You can also define an icon for the group by uploading an image - this icon will appear on the participants listing, forum posts by those group members and other places. The "Save" button will take you back to the Festures Groups page.

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.

In Moodle 1.9 onwards, groups include the following additional features:

Group modes

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 Groupn.gif 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. (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