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Each Moodle resource and activity allows you to define a group mode under 'Common module settings'. Three settings are possible, No groups, visible groups and separate groups, although there is often no difference in functionality between 'visible groups' and 'seperate groups' in many activities.

For some activities, such as forums, wikis, chats and choices, the functionality does change according to the setting that is chosen.The group mode has no affect for resources.

The table below outlines how it affects activities.


no groups

visible groups

separate groups

assignment

(individual)

The assignment will be available to all students, but they can only see their own submissions unless a group assignment is set up (this is a different setting).

Tutors will view all students’ assignment submissions as a list.


The assignment will be available to all students, but they can only see their own submissions unless a group assignment is set up (this is a different setting).


Student will be able to see the names of the other groups on the left hand side of the screen. 
(a drop down menu with options: All participants, group A, group B) 
Note: it might be confusing to students as they may think that they have to select a group from the drop down menu. 

Tutors will be able to select and view the submissions of all students or separate groups. 
(a drop down menu with options: All participants, group A, group B) 
Note:  There is no difference for the tutor if they use separate or visible groups. 

The assignment will be available to all students, but they can only see their own submissions unless a group assignment is set up (this is a different setting).


Student will also have an indication of their group’s name on theleft hand side of the screen.

Tutors will be able to select and view the submissions of all students or separate groups. 
(a drop down menu with options: All participants, group A, group B) 
Advantage: Useful when different tutors mark assignments from a selected group only

assignment

(group)

The assignment is visible and able to be edited up until submission by all students in the group.

Tutors will view all students’ assignment submissions as a list.

Group assignments are managed using the group submission settings, not the group mode settingsunder'common module settings' that is being outlined in this table.

The assignment is visible and able to be edited up until submission by all students in the group.

Tutors can filter assignments by group.

Group assignments are managed using the group submission settings, not the group mode settings under 'common module settings' that is being outlined in this table.

< same as visible groups

Turnitin assignmentTutors will view all students’ assignment submissions as a list.Tutors can filter assignments by group.< same as visible groups



forum

&

forum (advanced)



The forum postings (discussion) will be available to all students.

Tutors see all the discussion posts in one list and can't filter them.

Students have the option to view forum posting (discussions) of their group as well another groups. They can only post to their own group or all participants.
A drop down menu with options: All participants, group A, group B, etc... allows students to navigate between groups
Students can post to: 
-  All participants (posting will be available to all) 
- Their group only (posting will be available to their group members) 

Tutors have the option to view forum postings (discussion) in different ways. 
(a drop down menu with options: All participants, group A, group B) 
Tutors can post to: 
-  All participants (posting will be available to all) 
- Individual groups

Only students who belong to the same group will see each others postings.

Tutors have the option to view forum postings (discussion) in different ways. A drop down menu with options: All participants, group A, group B, etc... allows tutors to navigate between groups

chat

Students can converse with any other student or tutor in the course.

Each group member can discuss in their own group chat, but can also view other group conversations.

Tutors will see the discussions of all participants. 
Tutors have options to select and view responses of different groups.

A drop down menu with options: All participants, group A, group B, etc... allows students and tutors to navigate between groups.

Each group member can only see their own group chat, others are invisible.

 

Tutors will see the discussions of all participants. 
Tutors have options to select and view responses of different groups.

 

A drop down menu with options: All participants, group A, group B, etc... allows tutors to navigate between groups. 


choice

&

group choice

Students and tutors will see the responses of all participants.

Students will see the responses of their own group as well as the other groups. A drop down menu allows students to filter to show only one group at a time, or all participants.

Tutors will see the responses of all participants. 
Tutors have options to select and view responses of different groups.

NB Limiting the number of students per choice option when group modes are applied will apply per group. For example if you have limited a choice to one student and have four groups set-up it will be possible for 4 students to take that choice, one from each group.

Students will see the responses of their group only.

Tutors will see the responses of all participants, with the option to filter by group too.

wiki (individual)

There is only one wiki. The teacher and all students can view and edit this wiki.

Every student has their own wiki, which only they and their teacher can edit. Students can view the wikis of all other students in the course.

A drop down menu with options: All participants, group A, group B, etc... allows students and tutors to navigate between groups

Every student has their own wiki, which only they and their tutor can edit. Students can view the wikis of other students in their group.

A drop down menu with options: All participants, group A, group B, etc... allows tutors to navigate between groups

wiki (collaborative)

There is only one wiki. The teacher and all students can view and edit this wiki.

There is one wiki per group. Students can change the wiki of their own group only. They can view the wikis for all groups. Tutors can edit any group's wiki pages.

A drop down menu with options: All participants, group A, group B, etc... allows students and tutors to navigate between groups

There is one wiki per group. Students can view and edit the wiki of their own group only. Tutors can edit any group's wiki pages. A drop down menu with options: All participants, group A, group B, etc... allows tutors to navigate between groups

quiz

Tutors will view all students’ assignment submission as a list.

Students only see their own quiz attempts and feedback, depending on what and when the quiz allows them to see this information.

Tutors can filter quiz results by group.

Students only see their own quiz attempts and feedback, depending on what and when the quiz allows them to see this information.

< same as visible groups

workshop

Tutors will view all students’ workshop submissions as a list.

Students are allocated to mark work of other students within their own group, unless the Prevent Reviews setting is checked in the random/scheduled allocation settings. If the Prevent Reviews setting is checked students of the same group never review each other’s work, as most likely it is their work too in a group submission. Moodle will ensure that they are only allocated other students out of their own group’s work to access.

< same as visible groups

database

Students and tutors will see the responses of all participants.

Students will see the entries added to their own group as well as the other groups. A drop down menu allows students to filter to show only one group at a time, or all participants.

Students will see the entries added to their group only.

Tutors will see the responses of all participants, with the option to filter by group too.

scheduler

Students see all slots for all tutors on the course.

Tutors see all the slots for themselves and other tutors and they see all the students enrolled on the course.

Tutors only see their own slots and students in the same groups as them.

Students see slots for any tutors in their groups.

< same as visible groups
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