Create Groups

GroupsThe process of creating groups involves:

  1. Setting up a group.
  2. Assigning users to that group.

Setting Up a Group

  1. Click the Users menu in the course Administration Block. This will expand the sub-menu.
  2. Click the Groups link.
  3. You will see a screen with two columns: Groups & Members. If no groups have been set up, both columns will be empty.
  4. Create each group by clicking the Create Group button, typing a name into the Group name field, and clicking Save changes at the bottom. Repeat this process to create each group.
  5. You will now need to add students to each group.

Manually Add students to a Group (Option 1)

  1. From the Groups list, click the group name to add users (the group name will then be highlighted).
  2. Click Add/remove users in the Members of Group column on the right.
  3. Click the name of the user to add from the Potential members list on the right. 
  4. From the list of Potential members on the right, click on the members to add to the group. You can select more than one user by Ctrl+Click (Windows PC) or Cmd+Click (Mac).
  5. Click Add to add the selected user(s) to the Group members list.
  6. Once you have finished that specific Group, continue to the next group (click Back to groups) and repeat adding users as necessary.

Important Notes:

  • To remove a user from the Group members list, click the name of the user(s) and then click Remove.
  • If you create a group activity, but a student is not a member of a group - they will not be able to contribute/participate.

Auto-create Groups (Option 2)

  1. Click the Users menu in the course Administration Block. This will expand the sub-menu.
  2. Click the Groups link.
  3. You will see a screen with two columns: Groups & Members. If no groups have been set up, both columns will be empty.
  4. Click Auto-create groups.
  5. Choose a naming scheme (numbers or letters - read about this by clicking on the ? next to the field title.
  6. Choose either number of groups or member count per group.
  7. You can select members with certain roles and allocate members (e.g., alphabetically) or simply use the random setting.
  8. You may wish to prevent a last small group.
  9. Submit your choices and CourseSpaces will automatically create groups for you.

Use Group Choice Activity for Students to Choose What Group to Belong to (Option 3)

*Before using the Group Choice function, instructors MUST create group names (see Setting Up a Group above)

  1. Go to the course homepage and click Turn editing on to enable the editing mode if you have not done so.
  2. Go to the topic where you want to create the Group Choice activity. Click Add an activity or resource and select Group Choice. Click Add.
  3. Fill in the Group choice Name, (this is what students will see in your course center block area), and also any instructions you wish to give students.
  4. From the Group drop-down menus, add the group choice options (these are the groups that students can choose from).
  5. There are a variety of other options.
  6. After you have made your selections, click one of the Save options at the bottom of the page.

Now, you can have students go to the Group Choice Activity in the course center block and make their group choice. They will automatically be added to the Groups you set up earlier.

Important Note: You must make sure all students have made a choice and belong to a group if you are setting up a group activity. If they do not belong to a group, they will not be able to participate.