In Moodle, a Group is a set of people, while a Grouping is a set of groups. Groups and Groupings are used to 1) organize students into smaller groups so that they can work together on projects and activities, 2) control access to activities and resources. On this page you’ll find a basic explanation of Groups and Groupings.
Groups created at the course level will be consistent throughout the course. You can also create groups for specific activities. Groups can be separate (the work of the group is visible only to group members) or visible (group work is visible to the entire class). Groups can be created automatically and randomly, or can be created manually. Through the Group Choice activity, students can enroll themselves in a group.
Any student can be assigned to more than one group. For example, in this illustration, Student 3 (S3) is in groups A and D.
A grouping consists of one or more groups. With groupings you can restrict access to content or activities to a specific set of groups. For example, if you teach a class that has both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled, you can create separate assignments for graduate students that are not available to the undergraduate students. In the illustration below, graduate students in groups A, B, and C are all in Grouping 1.
A Group Can Be in More Than One Grouping
A Grouping Can Include a Single Group
This option is commonly used if you would like to create separate assignments for different groups of students. In this example, students in Groupings/Groups A, B, and C each have a different assignment. You have the option of making the assignment visible or unseen across Groups.