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Moodle Groups

Moodle Groups is a great tool for group communication and group assignments. The Groups feature allows you to divide up the students in your course into groups. Students can then undertake Moodle activities within these groups, allowing them to work together more closely, and encouraging more participation from each member than they might get in a whole-class exercise.

1. Create Groups for Course Activities

Using Groups, you only need to create a single instance of any activity, rather than one for each group. For example, imagine you’re assigning an online discussion and decide to divide 40 participants into 4 groups of 10. Using Groups in Moodle means you only have to set up a single discussion Forum, rather than 4 separate ones. This goes for any activity on Moodle.

2. Restrict Access

Groups can be used to restrict access to a particular resource or activity. This can be useful is you want to assign a task to only a subset of particular students.  

3. Group Spaces for Group Work

Creating small groups of students within the discussion Forum tool allows instructors to restrict interaction among students. Smaller groups increases the chances of individual student participation and allows you, as the instructor, to compare the different conclusions drawn by each group.

4. Group Modes

Moodle allows you to apply either of two Group modes to any Activity. In addition to ‘No groups’ (the default), there are Visible groups where students can view other groups’ activities but not participate, and Separate groups where students can neither view nor participate in other groups’ activities.

5. Create Groups in Advance

It is important to set up and apply groups before releasing an activity, rather than afterwards.