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Introduction to Groups

The Groups tool provides you with the opportunity to put your students into groups. You can use groups to organize users’ work on projects and assignments, or you can create special work areas for users with different learning needs.

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Groups: Overview

Things to Consider

Before setting up groups you should know how you want to organize them. A number of things can affect how users enrol in groups, including:

  • If you are setting groups up before or after your classlist is finalized.
  • Whether you want to assign or randomize group membership.
  • Whether or not you want students to choose their own groups.

If you set up groups before your classlist is finalized, you will want to select Auto-Enrol New Users for any automatically created groups so that newly added users are not left out of the groups.

It may be best to set up groups in the first week or two of the semester once you have a good idea of who will be in your course. This gives you a better idea of how many users you are organizing and how many groups you need. Setting up groups after enrolment can also ensure better distribution of users between groups.