This method allows you to create an individual group.

You could also use this method for multiple groups, if:

  • you want students to be able to belong to more than one group, or
  • you want different properties for each group such as different maximum student numbers or different group tools.

This method takes more time to administrate as groups need to be created separately and if you need to change group properties they need to be changed for each group individually.

Students can access sign-up sheets on the Groups listings page or by a menu link if you have created one.

Warning: A group set up should be used when you need all students to be placed in a group. Refer to the Group Set guides on the group’s tool page for further information.

View Groups listing page

  1. From the Control Panel select Users and Groups > Groups.

Control panel with groups circled under users and groups

  1. ​The Groups page will be displayed.

Groups page

Self-Enrol

  1. Click on the Create button.
  2. Select Self-Enrol from the drop down list.

Create button circled with single group self-enrol circled in drop down menu

Group Information

  1. Enter a name for the group in the Name textbox.
  2. Enter a description of the purpose of the group and instructions for students in the Description textbox.
  3. Select a radio button from Group is visible to students.
    • ​​No: the groups are not available for students to enrol into.
    • Yes: students may enrol and immediately use group tools.
    • Sign-up Sheet Only: the students may enrol in a group but will not have access to group tools until you change the availability to Yes.

Group information setup with required fields circled.

Tool Availability

  1. Select the checkboxes of the tool you want available to the groups.
  2. Select the Grade: Points possible radio buttons for the items you wish to mark.

 points possible circled

  1. Either enter the mark the item is out of in the textbox OR
  2. Click on the Add Rubric button.

Points possible amount circled and the add rubric button circled

Tools: Refer to the Group Tools guide for information on the purpose and use of each tool.

Note: Refer to the Rubric tool page for instructions on how to set up a rubric.

Note: Refer to the relevant tool page (Blogs, Journals or Wikis) for instructions on marking tools items online.

Module Personalisation Setting

The module personalisation setting allows each student to add personalised modules to their own version of the group home page (e.g. What’s New, My Calendar, Needs Attention).

Tip: Students may use this option to add inappropriate content. Either set clear rules on appropriate content or uncheck this option.

  1. Uncheck the Allow Personalisation checkbox.

Module personalisation setting

Sign up options

  1. Enter a name in the Name of sign-up Sheet textbox. i.e. If you provide a direct link to the sign-up sheet instead of the students accessing the Group listings page, this is the name that will be displayed.
  2. Enter a description of the purpose of the group and instructions for students in the Sign-up Sheet Instructions textbox.
  3. Enter the number of students that can sign up for each group in the Maximum Number of Members textbox.
  4. Select the Show Member checkbox so students can view who has already signed up for a particular group.
  5. Select the Allow Students to sign up from the Groups listing page checkbox. The other option is to create a link to the sign-up sheet from the menu.

 

Sign-up options with fields circled.

Group Options

  1. Option to check the Create smart view for this group checkbox to provide a link in the grade centre for the group.  

Group options

  1. Click the Submit button.

All groups

The new group will now be lists on the All Groups page.

Groups page with All Groups tab circled and the new group circled.

Link the Groups page to the Course Menu

  1. Click on the plus button on the menu.
  2. Select Tool Link from the drop down list.

Plus button circled in the course menu and Tool link circled from drop down menu

  1. Enter a title in the Name textbox.
  2. Select Groups from the Type drop down list.
  3. Check the Available to users checkbox.

Add tool link With name field circled and groups selected from the drop down box.

  1. Click on the Submit button.

Student access to the Sign-up Sheet

Students can access the Sign-up Sheet from the Course Menu.

  1. If a link has been added, from the Course Menu select Sign up for a group.

Sign up for group circled in the course menu

  1. The students then click the Sign up button for the group they want to have membership.

Student view of the group sign up page with the sign up button circled

  1. The students must click the Sign up button on the Sign Up Sheet to confirm their membership.

Sign up sheet with the sign up button circled

  1. The Group will appear in the Groups page where the student can check their membership.

Student view of their group page