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Groups

Use Groups to present the same Activity for every group and allow the instructor to view gradebook and activities by group.

Students may be placed in Groups within a course. They can then be used to limit shared activities, like Forums, to the smaller groups, rather than the entire class. The specifics of how Groups actually work is very dependent on the type of Activity, Resource, or Group Mode that is used. Groups can be used on both the Course level and the Activity level. One important item to remember is that using a Group Mode allows the exact same resources or activity to be presented to groups in a course for smaller working groups. The key concept is that the materials and activities are the same for each group. Here are some common uses of groups taken from the Moodle documentation for Groups:

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  • You are a teacher sharing a course with other teachers and you want to filter your activities and gradebook so you don’t see the students from your colleagues’ classes.

Groupings - Experimental

Use Groupings to make an activity, like an Assignment or a Quiz, visible to only one set of students.

A Grouping is a collection of one or more groups. You can assign an activity, or even an entire topic area, to a specific grouping and it is invisible to all other groups and groupings. This feature is still considered experimental because the gradebook does not reflect the fact that a specific activity may only be available to a particular grouping and will show the activity as not graded in the gradebook. If you are using groupings for a graded activity, you must confirm that the aggregation method for the category or course is set to "Aggregate only non-empty grades" so that item is not counted in the aggregation method if it is not completed. Check this setting: Gradebook >> Categories and Items >> Full View >> Aggregate only non-Empty Grades should be checked. This is the default setting for the gradebook. If you uncheck this option, then students not in the grouping for that activity will be assigned a zero for that activity even though they are not able to complete it!  For a more complete discussion of Groupings, please see the Moodle documentation.

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