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Using Moodle Groups

You can use a Group at two levels within your course, the course level or at the individual activity level.

Course Level Settings

If you plan to use groups for all your activities in the course, then you can set your Group mode at the course level. To set this:

Step 1: Open your course in Moodle and from the Administration menu click Edit settings.

Step 2: Scroll down to the Groups settings and using the drop down menu for Group mode, select if you want separate or visible groups.

  • Separate groups – each group member can only see their own group, others are invisible.
  • Visible groups – each group member works in their own group, but can also see other groups.

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Force group mode – if set to no, you can change the Group mode settings in each individual activity in the course. If set to yes, you cannot change settings in individual activities, the course Group mode is enforced to every activity.

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Step 3: When finished, click the Save changes button at the bottom of the page.

Activity Level Settings

If you don’t want to use groups for all of your course activities, then you don’t have to set groups at the course level. You can set it per activity. From within your course in Moodle:

Step 1: Click the Turn editing on button, then for the activity you want to edit the group setting for, click Edit, and select Edit settings.

Step 2: Scroll down to the Common module settings, and using the Group mode drop down menu, select whether you want Separate or Visible groups.

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Step 3: When finished, click the Save and return to course button at the bottom.

Note: If you are creating a new activity just remember to set the Group mode if you want your groups applied.

Assignment Settings

If you are using groups for assignments, you have the ability to set whether you want students to submit their work as a group.

To begin, open your course in Moodle and turn editing on.

Students submit in groups

If enabled (yes), a group submission will be shared among group members and all members of the group will see each other’s changes to the submission. To use this setting:

Step 1: Click the Edit link to the right of the assignment and then click Edit settings.

Step 2: Under Group submission settings, use the drop down menus for these settings to set them to yes or no.

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Step 3: When finished, click the Save and return to course button at the bottom.

Require all group members submit

If enabled (yes), all members of the group must click the submit button for the assignment before the group submission will be considered submitted. If disabled (no), the group submission will be considered as submitted as soon as any member of the group clicks the submit button. To use this setting:

Step 1: Click the Edit link to the right of the assignment and then click Edit settings.

Step 2: Under Submission settings, using the drop down menu set Require students click submit button to Yes.

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Step 3: Under Group submission settings, using the drop down menu set Students submit in groups to Yes and Require all group members submit to Yes.

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Step 4: When finished, click the Save and return to course button at the bottom.

Adding Students to Groups

Step 1: From within your course in Moodle go to the Administration menu, click Users and then Groups.

Step 2: Scroll down and click the Create group button. Fill in the Group name and scroll down and click the Save changes button.

Step 3: To add users to a group, click the Add/remove users button under the Members of: area.

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Step 4: Click a user to select them and then click the Add button to add them to the group, or select multiple users by holding down the ctrl key while selecting and then click the Add button to add the selected users to the group.

Make sure you, as an instructor, add yourself to each group you create.

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Step 5: When finished, click the Back to groups button at the bottom left.

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