Groups and groupings - create groups

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There are three different ways of creating groups in FLO, with each way meeting a different need.


Manually create an empty group

  1. In the topic, go to the Administration menu. Under Topic Administration, click on Users, then Groups
    Administration block

  2. Click on the Create group button
    create group button

  3. Give the group a Name. Students can see the membership of groups, so do not create groups based around extensions, grades, language proficiency or medical conditions.


  4. Click Save changes
    save changes button

  5. Later, you will need to add students to the group.

Automatically create groups

  1. In the topic, go to the Administration menu. Under Topic Administration, click on Users, then Groups
    groups administration tab

  2. Click on the auto create groupsbutton

  3. Give your groups a naming scheme. Enter a name that all groups will share, then add either @ to include a letter (e.g. Group A, Group B) or # to include a number (e.g. Group 1, Group 2) . Students can see the membership of groups, so do not create groups based around extensions, grades, language proficiency or medical conditions.
    auto groups general section

  4. Use the Auto create based on menu and declare if you want FLO to create:
    • a particular number of groups, or 
    • a maximum number of students per group

  5. Following on from your last choice, go to Group/member count and enter the number of groups you want, or the maximum number of students you want in each group

  6. By default, FLO will add all students into the topic into the groups you are creating. You can change this by changing the following settings in Group members:

    Setting Effect
    Select members with role Will create groups based on another role, e.g. use this to create groups based on tutors
    Select members from grouping
    Will create groups based on who is in a particular grouping instead of all students
    Select members from group
    Will create groups based on who is in a particular group instead of all students
    Allocate members
    Will created groups based on alphabetical order, instead of randomly.
  7. Open the Grouping section.

  8. To put the groups in a new grouping, add a Grouping name. To put the groups in an existing grouping, change the new grouping menu to the name of that grouping.
    grouping section

  9. Select the Preview button to see how the students will be distributed across the groups (this appears at the bottom of the screen)

  10. Click submit buttonto confirm

Import groups from a CSV file

  1. Create a new Excel file

  2. In the first row, enter 'username', then 'group' in the first two cells.


  3. In subsequent rows, enter a student FAN, followed by the name of the group you are adding them to
    Note: If a group name already exists, the student will be added to the existing group. If the group name is new, the group will be created. Students can see the membership of groups, so do not create groups based around extensions, grades, language proficiency or medical conditions.

  4. Save the file as a .csv file

  5. In the topic, go to the Administration menu. Under Topic Administration, click on Users, then Groups

    Administration block.  Select 'users' then 'groups'

  6. Click Import groups button
    Import groups button

  7. Upload your csv file and click the Import groups button. Your groups and users will now be imported.
    Note: You may see some messages telling you that the group already exists. That's fine - your students will be added to the existing group.

  8. Go back to the Users > Groups page and check your groups and student allocations have been set up correctly.

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