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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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • You want to allocate a particular activity or resource to just one class or set of users and you don’t want others to see it.

COMMENT – give instructions for these specific scenarios on child pages?

  • possible child pages:
  • how to create a group
  • how to create a grouping
  • how to use groups in the gradebook
  • how to use groupings to restrict access to resources and activities

------------Added 10/22/2014 ------------

Use of Groups in Assignments -

  • ignore group submission settings for now;

-Visible groups, no groupings, available to group members checked - no change in student submission area
-No groups, select particular grouping, available to group members checked - seems to limit student access based on groups/groupings as expected, instructor does have an text indicator that assigment access is limited by group; if instructor changes role to 'Student', there is no indicator that assignment is limited
-Visible groups, select particular grouping, available to group members checked - same result as above, "Group mode" irrelevant

Result: -use of "Group mode" seems irrelevant; no change in student submission area, use of Grouping and available to group members only can be used to limit access of assignments to students

Use of Groups with Files:

"Group mode" is not available; to selectively make a file available to groups, will need groupings

  • Cannot select from grouping pull-down unless "Available to group members" is checked


Observations:  At the topic area level, restrict access allows restrictions based on 6 parameters.  At the resource and activity level, restrict access allows restrictions based on 4 parameter; group and grouping restrictions are set in the common module area. Is there some server level setting that controls this?


-------------------October 24, 2014-------------------------

Based on the availability of "Groups" as a parameter for restricting access (now available based on a setting being disable on 10/23 by Bobby), we are testing whether we can restrict access of resources and activities using only "Groups" and possibly eliminate the need for Groupings.

Note: it appears the checkbox to "Make visible to group members" in the Common Modules area of the Files resource is no displayed.

File availability can be controlled by using "Groups" in the Restrict Access area.  Multiple groups can be selected.


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.

Your users will be moved over to the Group members field.  You can click Back to groups.


You will then see your groups listed and when you click on the group the associated members will show up in the right-hand field.


Once you have your groups set up, you need to do one last step and set your course to handle Separate Groups.

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.

Once groups are established, you will be able to filter your gradebook to show only a certain group.

Send email via Quickmail to specified groups

As well as set up submission settings within group assignments.


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