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Moodle 3.0, 3.2: Overview of Groups
Applies to: Moodle 2.8, 3.0, 3.2.
Moodle has a unique way of managing small workgroups within a course, with the intention of offering as much flexibility as possible.
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A Group acts as a filter for student work. If a student is a member of a Group, Moodle will filter out work from anyone who is not part of that group. For any one activity, all Groups participate in the activity, but students cannot interact with anyone not in their group.
- Example: Groups A, B, and C have been created out of the 24 students in the course. A discussion forum using these Groups allows students in all three Groups to discuss amongst themselves, but students in Group A cannot discuss with students in Group B or C, etc.
Note: Instructors have access to all groups and should never be placed in a group. Placing an instructor in a group does not add any functionality and can make working with groups more difficult.
By default, all students within a course site have access to all activities. The type of activity determines whether students can collaborate on it or not.
- Some activities allow students to interact, such as Forums.
- Students interact in one large class group.
- When Groups are applied, students interact only within their smaller group. Students will automatically see the people within their group who have participated when they go to the activity that uses a group.
- Some activities do not allow students to interact, such as Quizzes.
- Each student has individual access to the activity.
- When Groups are applied, it does not affect the students. However, Instructors and Teaching Assistants can choose to look at one Group of students’ work at a time. This makes grading and providing feedback easier.
Groups can be applied at different levels:
- Course Site level
- This is useful if one course site is used for several sections of a course. The students can be grouped automatically by their Course Section, and the sections can be applied to the entire course site.
- See Divide Students in a Course into Groups to apply Groups at the course site level.
- Individual activity level
Creating groups is a two-step process:
- Create groups for the course.
- See Methods of Creating Groups to decide which works best for you.
- Use Small Groups with an Activity or Divide Students in a Course into Groups
Note: Groups cannot be applied to Glossary or SCORM activities. In Moodle 2.8 and below, groups also cannot be applied to Lesson activities.