Creating Groups in Moodle (Faculty/Staff)
Posted by Bonnie Tensen on 08 October 2013 10:20 AM

For many Moodle forum discussion assignments, it is advantageous to limit the number of participants by creating groups of 5-6 students. This will reduce the chance of eliciting repetitive responses and overwhelming students with too many posts to read. (For example, if a class of 20 students were asked to post once and reply to 2 group members’ postings, each student would be faced with reading 57 postings.) It is easy to create, activate, and grade (or rate) discussion groups within Moodle. Assigning students to specific groups requires just a few simple steps.

  1. Within the Administration block, click on the drop-down menu under “Users” and select “Groups,” and "Groups" again.

    Select Groups

  2. To AUTO-CREATE groups (have Moodle randomly create groups for you), click on "Auto-create groups." [NOTE: If you want to manually create groups, skip to step 5.]

    click on "Auto-create groups"

  3. Leave the default Naming scheme and Number of groups, but in the Group/member count box, enter the number of groups you would like to have (students will be randomly divided into that number of groups), then click on "Submit."

    Indicate number of groups and submit

  4. Click on "Back to groups" and you will see that your groups have been automatically generated. 

    Groups auto-created

  5. To MANUALLY create groups, click on “Create Group” and in the window that opens type a group name (ex. Group 1).  You can provide a description, but there’s no need to do this. Then click on “save changes.”

    Creating a group

  6. In the “Groups” box, the name of the group you just created will be highlighted. In the “Members of” box to the right, click on “Add/Remove” users.

    Adding Users

  7. A new window will open with a list of all of your students in the “potential members” box. To add a student to the new group, click on his/her name and then the ”add” button. [Quick Tip: You can add multiple students at once by holding down the control key (“ctrl” on the lower left of your keyboard) while clicking on all of the names you want to add.] When you have added all of the members for that group (5-6 students per group is recommended), click on “Back to Groups.”  Repeat the process until you have enrolled every student in a group.

    Back to groups

Go here to learn how to activate groups in a discussion forum - 

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