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Many of the activities and resources in Moodle have the option to utilize groups and groupings. Teachers can combine students into groups to create group assignments, peer review activities, group forums, and a lot more.

Here is an example with 8 students broken into 4 groups, A though D:

Groups Example

Groupings can be created from multiple groups. Groupings are typically used when a teacher would like groups to work together on different projects throughout the year.

Groupings Example

Another way groupings are used, are private discussions. Students might be editing papers, or just collaborating on a project, where the discussion shouldn't be seen by the rest of the class. To do this, teachers place each student in their own group. Then groupings are made by combining each student's group with that of another student.

Creating a Group

Admin block

After you are logged in and viewing your Moodle course page, scroll down to the bottom left side of the screen, there you should see the Administration block. Expand Course administration, then Users, then click on the Groups link. This will take you the page that manages groups in your course.

Groups Page

The Auto-create groups button allows teachers to have the system create groups automatically based on the number of enrolled students and the number of groups needed. Click on the Create group button to start editing a new group.

Groups Page

Now you should be seeing the group creation page. A name for the group is required; the other settings are optional. After editing the settings, click the Save changes button at the bottom of the page. This will take you back to the group manager page. The name of the group just created should be visible in the Groups window. The group now needs students added to it. In order to add students, select your new group and click Add/remove users. A new page will open to add students.

Groups Page

From this page click the student's name and the button labeled Add.

This completes the process of creating a group. Students can be in multiple groups, and groups can have any number of students. The next steps will show how to combine groups to create a grouping.

Creating a Grouping

Groupings Page

Exactly the same as the previous step, navigate to the Groups page in the Administration block. At the top of the Groups page, click on the Groupings tab. The next page shows all the groupings for the current course, but might be blank if none have been created. Click the Create a grouping button

Grouping Edit Page

The next page has some options to change the name, description and ID number of the grouping. After you are done editing, click the Save changes button to start adding groups.

Add Groups to Grouping Page

Simply click the group you want to add, and click the Add button. The grouping now conains groups and is ready do use.

Using Groups with Activities/Resources

Group and groupings can be used to control access or visibility of a particular assignment or resource. These options are located on each assignment or resource's settings page.

Group Settings page

There are 3 headings that concern groups:

Group Submission Settings - This determines how the group submits their assignment. Each student individually or the group as a whole.

Common Module Settings - Changing this option from "No groups" makes this assignment a group assignment. "Seperate groups" allows each student in the group to turn-in/view thier own group's data, but does not llow one person to see the other's data. "Visible Groups" allows each group's data to be seen by the students in other groups

Restrict Access - Clicking the "Add restriction" button will display many different options on criteria for preventing access. These options include allowing only a single group, or grouping, to access this activity/resource.

Group Settings page

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