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Keywords: group, grouping, organisation, collaboration, hide, show, restrict, interaction
Groups and groupings offer a way to organise students on your course into online groups. You can assign tutors and students to one or more groups within a course. Groups are defined at course level and you then set the group mode (No groups, visible groups, and separate groups) for each activity.
You can use groups to Restrict access to entire resources and activities, restrict interaction within activities (e.g. discussion forums) and filter student contributions (such as assignments).
Students may be divided into groups in a course and where this is the case it's possible to allow or bar them from different kinds of resources/activities depending on which group they belong to.
Groups and groupings are also useful to allow students to collaborate and work within groups on the course.
For further explanation, watch the Moodle video on groups.
Tutors or course administrators can set up groups.
Students can filter forum posts set to 'visible posts' to see different group's contributions.
You can add students and staff to groups in Moodle in several ways.
The UCL E-Learning Baseline suggests the following for Structure :
To add groups to your course manually follow these steps.
Further guidance on Groups is available from Moodle Docs.
If you find any inaccurate or missing information you can even update this yourself (it's a communal wiki).
If you have a specific question about the tool please contact the Digital Education team.
Q. How do I control access to an activity by group?
A. To control access for a given activity according to groups, turn editing on and use the activity's 'edit' link to access its 'edit settings' page. At the bottom of the settings page expand the 'Restrict access' section so you can see the 'Add restriction button'. You can then add the group as a restriction (see the guidance on restrict access for more information).
Q. Can assign an activity to a particular grouping?
A. Yes, this can also be done using Restrict Access.
Also from moodledocs:
☐ Use Groups and Groupings to give different views and information to specific groups of students, where needed.