Groups give learners the opportunity to create small communities that can be interest-based, discussion-based, feedback-based, or any combination of those! Whereas learners can only be a member of one team at a time, they can be members of multiple groups. However, unlike teams, groups cannot submit assignments together.
There are two ways groups can be set up in your course; they can be formed by learners, or they can be manually assigned by an admin. In both cases, you will need to create a “Group Formation” module component:
You’ll be able to set a maximum number for group membership, and choose whether you want to use a different name other than “groups”:
Once the component is added to the page, you may type any expectations surrounding group interaction or the purpose of groups in the “Add Expectations” textbox, then, click the blue pencil icon to edit group settings:
In the pencil edit menu, you’ll find options to configure group profile questions and to enable a Group Progress Dashboard, a feature where the group leader can view the course progress of all group members.
By default, the Group Formation activity is set up for learners to form or join groups themselves. Learners will select a radio button option to do one or the other:
In order to upload pre-assigned groups, click the blue pencil icon and select “Upload Groups”. You can then upload a CSV file with learners’ Full Name, Email, and Group Name, with additional columns indicating whether the groups should be open or closed, and designating a group leader or “Admin”.
Open groups are set up so that any learner can join; closed groups are set such that learners would have to request and be approved by a group admin in order to join.
Once you’ve uploaded your groups, in place of the the Group Formation component on the page, learners will see their group assignment and a button directing them to their group space.