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Groupings: Examples and Settings in Moodle

Groupings: Examples and Settings

A grouping is a set of groups. Groupings enable students to be arranged into different sets of groups for each activity.

These examples (taken from Moodle Docs) explain why you might use groupings and how the concept works.

Examples of groupings

In a class, you’ve divided your students into 4 groups, each with their own author to research. Groups A and B, while they have different authors, are both assigned to write in a forum; groups C and D, though writing on different authors, are supposed to make a wiki. You might create a Forum Grouping, containing groups A and B, and a Wiki Grouping, containing groups C and D. Then, you can make the Wiki activity available to only the Wiki grouping, but you still have your two Wiki sub-groups, as well – C and D – for an added layer of distinction between the work going on about two different authors.

Olympic metaphor: at the Olympics, there are different sports (gymnastics, swimming, track) and many countries. There are two ways to think of an Olympian athlete: by the sport they compete in, and by their nationality. To be part of the United States Olympic Team, you must first be a swimmer, a gymnast, or a runner. You cannot be in the US Team without first being an athlete in a specific sport. The sport is your group. Your country is your grouping. You must belong to a group before joining a grouping.

Adding groups to a grouping

To add groups to a grouping:

In your course, click Settings > Course administration > Users > Groups.

Click the groupings tab:

Groups

On the add/remove groups page, select the group(s) you want to add to the grouping from the “Potential members” list.

Click the arrow button that points towards the “Existing members” list.

Click the “Back to groupings” button. The group(s) you added to the grouping will now be listed in the table on the groupings page.

Existing groupings can be edited and/or deleted using the appropriate icons in the edit column of the table on the groupings page.

Selecting grouping in activity

To use a particular grouping in an activity:

In the “edit settings” link of the Settings block for the activity, click the “Show advanced” button in the common module settings section.

Ensure that the group mode is set to separate or visible groups.

Select the grouping from the grouping dropdown menu.

Note: If you do not have the ability to select Grouping, notify your site administrator. This needs to be enabled at the administrative level. Administrators: Site Administration…Development…Experimental….Enable Group Members Only (must be checked)

Click the “Save changes” button at the bottom of the page.

Click the “Save changes” button at the bottom of the page.

In Version 2.2+ Students will only see the activities they have been assigned to. Teachers will see the name of the grouping in parenthesis after the activity name on the course page. A count of activities assigned to each grouping is kept on the groupings page.

Sandra Orwig

sorwig@eclass4learning.com

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