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Create and Use Groups in a Course
USING THE GROUPS SETTING
The Groups feature allows an instructor to assign participants to one or more groups within a course. These can function as working groups.
The Groups are set up at the course level, but implemented at the activity level. Having created groups within a course, instructors can, for example, assign each group their own forums and wikis for in-group discussion or group projects.
- Selecting Multiple (Separate) Names: If you wish to select more than one participant, hold down the “Ctrl” (Mac: Command) button while clicking their names.
- Selecting a Range of (Consecutive) Names: To select a range of names, click on a name at the top, hold down “Shift” and click on a name below to select both clicked names and all names in between.
names should now appear in the “Group members” pane and disappear form the
“Potential members” pane.
- Number of groups: will generate the number of groups you specify in the next step, LATTE will figure out how many members each group should have.
- Group/Member count: will generate groups with the number of members you specify in the next step, LATTE will figure out how many groups that requires.
- Example: You have 10 students and specify 3 members per group. Leaving the box unchecked with create three groups of 3 and one group of 1. Checking the box will create two groups of 3 and one group of 4.
- Randomly: Default setting.
- Alphabetically by first name, last name: Groups users together by their first name.
- Alphabetically by last name, first name: Groups users together by their last name.
- Alphabetically by ID number: Groups users together by their LATTE ID number.
- By entering a name like “Work Group @” the “@” character will be replaced by sequentially generated letters, A-Z, producing groups named “Work Group A”, “Work Group B”, etc.
- By entering a name like “Week #” the “#” character will be replaced by sequentially generated numbers, producing groups named “Week 1”, “Week 2”, etc.
- No groups – groups not used, everyone is part of one big group. E.g. in a forum, all participants will use the same forum.
- Separate groups – groups are used, each group can only see their own group’s work. E.g. in a forum, each group will have its own forum and participants will be unable to view other groups’ forums.
- Visible groups – groups are used, each group works in their own group, but can also see other groups’ work. E.g. in a forum, each group will have its own forum and participants will be able to view other groups’ forums
- Separate groups: use this setting when you do not want groups to view each other’s work. For example, if you want to pose a single question (or set of questions) to the whole class, separate groups will allow each group to respond to the question(s) without being able to view other group’s responses.
- Visible groups: use this setting when you do want groups to be able to view each other’s work. For example, if you want to assign each group a different question (or set of questions), visible groups will allow each group to work on their own questions and to view other groups’ responses to their questions.