Groupings

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A Grouping is a collection of Groups, so individuals must be part of a Group before they can be assigned to a Grouping.

Groupings allow instructors to break up the class into different sets of Groups. Groupings can be applied to restrict access to an activity, resource, or topic to a subset of students. Groupings can also be used to assign an activity to only part of the class.

Resources: Click the appropriate tab above or use the buttons below to learn more about Groups and Groupings.

Moodle Docs What is a Group?

 

Individuals must be part of a Group before they can be assigned to a Grouping. The graphic below will explain a few different ways to use Groups and Groupings.

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A Grouping can be used on two levels:

  • Course level – The Group mode defined at the course level is the default mode for all activities within the course. To use Groups you need first to set a Group mode in the Administration block > Course administration > Edit settings.
  • Activity level – Each activity that supports Groups can also have its own Group mode defined. If the course setting Force Group mode is set to Yes then the option to define the Group mode for individual activities is not available. If it is set to No, then the teacher may change the Group mode.

Use cases for Groupings:

  • Divide students into separate Groups or cohorts
  • Create Groupings and change the amounts of students in Groups depending on the activities.
  • Assign a specific activity to a Grouping, such as an extra credit activity or quiz to a certain subset of students.

Example for using a Grouping

Use Groupings when you have multiple cohorts using the same CLE course. For example, if you have a single course with two cohorts that will receive either 1 or 2 units of credit. The activities and resources are mostly the same and will be used by both Groups. However, the students that are taking the course for 2 units will complete higher level activities that will be worth a different amount of points.  Groupings would allow you to keep both cohorts in one course and direct activities to a specific cohort so that each Group only views course work relevant to them.

Add Groups to a Grouping

  1. Log in to the CLE (cle.ucsf.edu).
  2. Go to the CLE course where you would like to add a Group.
  3. From the Administration block under Course administration, click Users, then Groups. The Groups page will open.
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  4. Click the Groupings tab.
  5. Create a new Grouping by clicking the Create Grouping button.
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  6. Add a Grouping name and an optional description. Click save changes, the Groupings page will open.
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  7. Click the Show Groups in Grouping people icon in the edit column.
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  8. Select the Group(s) you want to add to the Grouping from the Potential members list.
  9. Click the arrow button that points towards the Existing members list.
  10. Click the Back to Groupings button – Group(s) you added to the grouping will now be listed in the table on the Groupings page.
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Existing Groupings can be edited and/or deleted using the appropriate icons in the edit column of the table on the Groupings page.

Apply Groupings to a particular activity

To assign a specific activity to a Grouping, you must first set up the Grouping:

  1. Log in to the CLE (cle.ucsf.edu).
  2. Go to the CLE course where you would like to add a Grouping
  3. Once in the course, go to the activity and turn editing on, click edit > edit settings for the activity.
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  4. Expand the common module settings section.
  5. Ensure that the group mode is set to Separate or Visible Groups.
  6. Select the Grouping from the Grouping drop down menu.
  7. Check the Available for group members only box.
  8. Click the Save changes button at the bottom of the page.
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Students will only see the activities they have been assigned to. Teachers will see the name of the Grouping in brackets after the activity name on the course page. A count of activities assigned to each Grouping is kept on the Groupings page.

Resources: Click the appropriate tab above or use the buttons below to learn more about Groups and Groupings.

Moodle Docs What is a Group?

Watch the video below to learn how to use and apply Groupings to your course: