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:
- You are a teacher in a course where you have several classes and you want to filter your activities and gradebook so you only see one class at a time.
Under Administration goto Course Administration>Users>Groups
Click Create group
Give the group a name and complete the Create group canvas.
Back in the groups listings, highlight the group you want to add members to by clicking on it, and click Add/remove users.
Under the Potential members list, choose the members you want to add to group. You can hold shift down to select multiple users in a row or CTRL(Windows) or Command(Mac) to pick random users. Highlight the users and click Add.
Under Administration goto Course administration>Edit Settings
In the Edit settings, find the Groups section and click on "Groups" to expand the sections. Change the Group mode to Separate groups.
Save your changes.