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:
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.
On the Control Panel, expand the Users and Groups section and click Groups.
In a new course, click the default Groups link on the course menu.
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.
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.
The newly created group appears on the Groups listing page.
Follow the same steps for creating a single group. Then, depending on the enrollment option you choose:
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.
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.
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.
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: