NovoEd provides instructors the option to use computer generated teams for both assignment-long and course-long teams either with specific profile criteria or simply randomly.
To use a computer generated team, either start with creating an assignment (see here) or edit the 'Team' option in the assignment for assignment-long teams or in the team formation assignment for course-long teams, as below:
You will then be given the chance to choose what teams will be used (assignment-long or course-long) as well as how they are formed. (Note: if you choose to use computer generated teams for a course-long team, the team formation assignment will disappear with a line on the assignments page that indicates when teams will be formed.)
You can still change your selection from the team creation page by choosing from the options. If you choose algorithmic team formation, you will be able to set what profile criteria is used to match students and weigh that criteria in order of importance, as shown below. Run the team formation by clicking "Run Now" at the bottom. Once the teams appear on the right, they have been generated and do not need to be saved.
If you choose random team formation, you will have the chance to specify the team sizes.