For a comprehensive description on Groups and Groupings, see the recording of the eLearning 101 session on Groups and grouping in LEO.

LEO has both Groups and Grouping functionality, which may be useful for you if you want to make particular resources or activities available to different cohorts of students within the same unit. Groups and Groupings are also useful if you want to give a group of students an extension on an assessable activity, such as a Quiz or an Assignment. Using Groups and Grouping means that you can create a single instance of an activity and allow students to interact with it within their separate groups, as opposed to creating a new activity for each Group.

Groups based on campus can be imported from the ACU student enrollments system Banner, and Groups based on tutorial enrollment can be imported from Tutorial Direct. You are also able to create your own Groups and Groupings, based on your own parameters.

What is a Group?

The Groups functionality allows you to divide up the students within your LEO unit into smaller collections. You can apply three different Group modes to any activity within LEO. The default is 'No Groups', however you can also enable:

  • Visible groups - students are able to view one another's groups activities (for example, Forum posts) but are unable to contribute or participate
  • Separate groups - students are unable to view or participate/contribute in other groups' activities

By enabling Groups within a LEO unit, you are able to alter the ways your students are able to interact with an activity.

What is a Grouping?

A 'Grouping' is a collection of Groups. By using Groupings, you are able to make an activity only available to one particular Group of students, and not available to any of the others. To do this, the Group must be added to a Grouping, then the activity made available only to that Grouping.

Groups versus Groupings

One example that may be used to distinguish between uses of Groups and Groupings in LEO is:

  • To place students into work groups to work separately on the same activity (such as group A, B, and C all discussing in a forum on technology) they just need to be put into groups. This first level allows them to have work groups, with either visible work or completely separate work in the same activity.
  • To have students working on different activities, not even seeing activities for other groups (such as group A writing a report, group B using a forum, and group C creating a wiki), you need to put them in groups first, such as group A, B, and C, THEN you must place each group in their own grouping, such as Grouping A containing Group A, Grouping B containing group B, etcetera. The only way you can make an entire activity available for only one set of students is to pass through groups to groupings—just like the only way to be on the US Olympic Team is to first have a sport. (Moodle Docs - Groups Versus Groupings)

Settings for groups and groupings are selected both at the unit and resource/activity settings level. Note: You must enable groups at the unit level before you are able to make use of them at the activity/resource level. To learn more please read our LEO Guide: How to enable groups at the unit level.

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