Instructors can create groups of students within courses. Groups usually consist of a small number of students for study groups or projects. These groups have their own collaboration areas in the course so that they can communicate and share files.

Your instructor places you in a group or allows you to select the group you want to join. Your instructor chooses which communication and collaboration tools are available to your group.

Group work

Instructors can create group assignments, tests, and discussions where you can collaborate with other students. Your instructors can also create course groups that are listed in the Details & Actions panel.

Your instructor can enroll you in groups or ask you to join groups.

On the Course Content page, your group name is listed after the group item's title. Your group members' names appear when you open the item and when you work on it. If Join a group to participate appears, select the link to choose a group.

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Course groups

Select the groups link in the Details & Actions panel to view the groups page. "New" appears next to the groups link and course announcements appear when you need to join one or more groups.

If your instructor added you to a group that requires self-enrollment, you'll still see the announcement.

You'll also see a notification in your activity stream when you need to join a group.

On the course groups page, you can view the groups you've been enrolled in and join groups that require self-enrollment. Groups with an enrollment period appear first so you don't miss them. Your instructor may add a description to help you choose a group.

If you don't choose a group by the end of the enrollment period, you're enrolled automatically.

After you join a group, you can move to another group until the enrollment period ends.

Your instructor chooses whether to hide members of groups you can join. Members are hidden in groups where your instructor assigns membership.

At this time, when your instructors want you to see your group members, they can send out a course message to your group. If allowed by your institution, you and your group can send messages and start collaborating. Messages activity remains inside the system.

Video: Find Groups

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Video: Find groups explains where you find your groups.