Groups and groupings - add groups to an activity / filter Gradebook by groups

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Sometimes it is useful to create 'sub areas' inside an activity. This can either be for the benefit of the academics teaching the topic, or for the students studying the topic. For example:

  • Assignments: Staff can filter students submissions to a particular group, making it easier to keep track of their students
  • Gradebook: Staff can filter the gradebook to show grades for a particular group of students
  • Forums: Each group of students can have a separate forum, facilitating better group discussions
  • Wiki: Each group of students can have a separate wiki.
Common module settings can not restrict which group or grouping has access to an activity. There are separate settings for access restrictions.

Add a group or grouping to an activity

  1. Edit the settings for the relevant activity

  2. Open the Common module settings section

  3. Set the group mode:
    • To create a completely separate area for each group, set the group mode to Separate groups.
    • To create areas for each group that all students can view, set the group mode to Visible groups.
    • To have one area for all students set the group mode to No groups.

      Common module settings
  4. Change the Grouping to the relevant grouping, or leave it blank to allow staff to choose any group in the topic.

Note: additional steps are required for group assignments.

Filter the Gradebook by group or grouping

You can also apply a grouping to the Gradebook, which will allow you to filter it in the same way you can with an assignment. This can be helpful to track the progress of a tutorial group, or the progress of an entire availability (e.g. internal or distance)

  1. Edit the settings for the topic (Administration menu > Topic Administration > Edit Settings)

  2. Open the Common module settings section

  3. Set the group mode to Separate groups.

    Common module settings
  4. Change the Grouping to the relevant grouping, or leave it blank to allow staff to choose from any group in the topic.

    Note: this will also affect what groups can be viewed from the participants page.

  5. When you go back to the gradebook you'll see a new menu that allows you to choose from the groups you have selected.



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