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Working in Groups

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Group Homepage

The group homepage is the center for group activity and contains a description of the group, a list of members, and tools. If your instructor permits, you can customize this page by adding a banner, selecting a color scheme, and adding personal modules, such as Report Card. Personal modules are visible only to the member who added the modules. Access Group Tools and Group Members here.

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Group Tools

Each group has its own space in the course to work together. When inside your group, use the tools your instructor has made available to you. Be sure to ask about any tools you want to use but do not find on your groups page. Review any instructions provided by your instructor on how to use these tools to complete group work. Tools that are available to a group include:

  • Collaboration: Users within the group can create and attend chat sessions and virtual classroom sessions.
  • File Exchange: Group members and your instructor can share files in this area. All members, as well as your instructor, can add files. They can also delete files, regardless of who added them.
  • Group Blog: In the group area, all members of a group can create entries for the same blog, building on each post. All course members can read and comment on a group blog, but they cannot make posts unless they are members of the group. Your instructor can select the grade option for group blogs.
  • Group Discussion Board: Users within the group can create and manage their own forums and discuss topics with just the group members.
  • Group Journal: When used in the group area, all members of a group can view each other's entries, but the group journal can only be viewed by the group and your instructor. Your instructor can select the grade option for journals.
  • Group Task: Users within the group can create tasks that are distributed to all group members.
  • Group Wiki: Users within the group can edit, and view their group wiki. Your instructor can view and edit a group wiki and can select the grade option for group wikis.
  • Send Email: Users within the group can email individual members or the entire group.

How to Open a Group Page

  1. On the course menu, select the content area that holds the group.
  2. On the Groups page, click the name of the group.

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    On the My Groups panel, click the name of a group.

Signing Up to Join a Course Group

Your instructor can choose whether to allow you to self-enroll in a course group. The instructor also has the option to display the names of other members of the group to help you choose which group to join.

Your instructor can choose whether to display the sign-up sheet on the groups listing page and add the sign-up sheet as a link from other areas, such as a content area, folder, learning module, or lesson plan.

On the Groups page, click Sign Up to access the sign-up sheet. On the Sign Up Sheet page, when you click Sign Up, you are automatically added to the group.

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How to Create a Group

You can create course groups that other users in the course can sign up to join on the Groups page.

  1. On the course menu, select the content area that holds the group.
  2. On the Groups page, click Create Group.
  3. On the Create Self-Enrollment Group page, type the group Name.
  4. Type a Description of the group.
  5. Type a Name of Sign-up Sheet.
  6. Type Sign-up Sheet Instructions.
  7. Type the Maximum Number of Members.
  8. Click Submit.
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