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You can create formal groups of students to collaborate on work, and create these groups one at a time or in sets. You can manually select group members or allow students to self-enroll. Each group has its homepage with links to tools to help students collaborate. Only you and group members can access the group tools.

Two group creation options:

  • Create a single group
  • Create a group set

About Group Enrollment Methods

Manual Enroll allows you to assign each student in your course to a group. Manual enrollment is available for both single groups and group sets.

Random Enroll is available for group sets only. It automatically distributes membership into groups based on a designated number of students per group or the designated number of groups. Random distribution applies only to students who are currently enrolled in your course. You can enroll additional students manually.

Self-Enroll allows students to add themselves to a group using a sign-up sheet. Self-enrollment is an option available for both single groups and group sets.

Students cannot unenroll themselves from groups.

To learn more about which enrollment method might work best for your objectives, see Best Practice: Group Membership.

Access Groups

On the Control Panel, expand the Users and Groups section and click Groups.

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In a new course, click the default Groups link on the course menu.

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Access groups using the default Tools link on the course menu. On the Tools page, click Groups.

To learn about the ways you can add groups to your course, see Best Practice: Presenting Groups.

How to Create a Single Group

  1. Access the Groups listing page and point to Create on the action bar.
  2. For Single Group, click Self-Enroll or Manual Enroll.
  3. On the Create Group page, type a name and optional description. Make the group visible to students.
  4. Select the check boxes for the course tools you want to make available to the group.
  5. Click the Grade option and type Points possible for Blogs, Journals, and Wikis, if you want to grade student submissions.
  6. Select the check box for Allow Personalization to allow students to add personal modules to the group homepage. Only the group member who added the modules can view them.
  7. Optionally, select the check box to create a smart view for this group.
  8. For self-enroll Sign-up Options, type a name and provide instructions. You might tell students that they cannot unenroll themselves from groups. Type the Maximum Number of Members. Select any other options you want to include.

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    For the manual enroll Membership section, search for and select students from the Add Users pop-up window.

    Your selected group members appear in the bottom area with a number showing the total count. Click the Show List function, represented by a full square, to open the Add Users area to view your selections. To remove a user, click the X.

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  9. Click Submit.

The newly created group appears on the Groups listing page.

How to Create a Group Set

  1. Access the Groups listing page and point to Create on the action bar.
  2. For Group Set, click Self-Enroll, Manual Enroll, or Random Enroll.

Follow the same steps for creating a single group. Then, depending on the enrollment option you choose:

  • For self-enroll Sign-up options, type a name and instructions. You might tell students that they cannot unenroll themselves from groups. Type the Maximum Number of Members. Select any other options you want to include.

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  • For random enroll Membership section, type the Number of Students per Group to create or the Number of Groups. Select an option to Determine how to enroll any remaining members in the groups.

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  • For the manual enroll Group Set Options section, type the Number of Groups to create. On the next page, click Add Users for each group to make your selections.

    Your selected group members appear in the bottom area with a number showing the total count. Click the Show List function, represented by a full square, to open the Add Users area to view your selections. When you open the area, the square icon collapses. To remove a user, click the X.

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How to Add a Groups Link to the Course Menu

Each new course has a default groups link on the course menu. If you deleted it, you can add it again. You can also customize the name of the link.

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON and point to the plus sign above the course menu. The Add Menu Item drop-down list appears.

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  2. Click Tool Link.
  3. Type a Name for the link.
  4. From the Type drop-down list, click Groups.
  5. Select the Available to Users check box.
  6. Click Submit.

The new tool link appears last in the course menu list. Press and drag the arrows icon to move the link into a new position. Access the link's contextual menu. You can rename, delete, or hide the link from students.

How to Add a Group Link in a Course Area

You can manually add links to individual groups and sign-up sheets in course areas, such as content areas and folders.

You can set up a content area to include all the content and tools your students need for the week. After reading the weekly lecture, and viewing the slide presentation, students can also access the groups tool to complete the group assignment. Students do not need to navigate anywhere else in your course to complete all the required activities for the week.

When you add a link to a specific group in a content area, all students will see the link. However, if a student is not a member of the group, he or she will not be able to access the group homepage.

Use the following steps to add a group link in a course area:

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON and access the course area where you want to add a group link, for example, the Week 2 content area.
  2. On the action bar, point to Tools and click Groups.

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  3. On the Create Link: Group page, select the type of link: groups page, to a group, or to a group set. If linking to a group or group set, select it from the list.
  4. Click Next.
  5. On the next Create Link: Group page, complete the Link Information to specify how it will appear in the content area. Select the options you need.
  6. Click Submit.

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