Create Groups

You can use groups to organize students and have them work together on activities, assignments, projects, etc. Students can belong to multiple groups within the same course. Each set of groups is referred to as a Category. For example, you may have a category for Group Discussions that consists of 4 groups, and a separate category for Group Projects that consists of 5 groups.

Follow the steps below to create a new set of groups.

  1. On the nav bar, click the People menu, then select Groups.
    People Nav Bar Groups
  2. On the Manage Groups page, click New Category.
    Manage Groups New Category
  3. Enter a Category Name and (Optional) Description. 
    Group Category Name and Description fields
  4. Select an Enrollment Type from the drop-down list. Learn about Group Enrollment Types.
    Group Enrollment Types
  5. Depending on the chosen Enrollment Type, enter either the Number of Groups to create, or the Number of Users per group, or both.
    Group Number of GroupsGroup Number of Users
  6. Optional: Instructors can create sub-groups based on Section (in combined courses) or existing Group enrollment. Instructors can only apply one enrollment restriction to a sub-group. Sub-groups can only be added once, instructors cannot create sub-groups of sub-groups. To restrict enrollments to a specific section (in combined courses) or a group in your course, select the preferred section or group from the dropdown menu.
  7. Optional: To apply a distinctive prefix to each group name and code in the category, enter it in the Group Prefix field. If you do not fill in this field, the prefix defaults to “Group”. You can also return later and customize group names if you would like.
  8. Depending on the chosen Enrollment Type, if you wish to automatically enroll any new students that get added to your course, select Auto-enroll new users. Depending on the chosen Enrollment Type, if you wish to randomly place users in groups, select Randomize users in groups. If you do not choose this option, users are placed alphabetically based on the Classlist.
    Groups Options
  9. If you selected an Enrollment Type that supports self enrollment, you can set a Self Enrollment Start Date and Time and a Self Enrollment Expiry Date and Time.
    Self enrollment options (set start and expiry date for self enrollments
  10. If you select Set Self Enrollment Expiry Date, but you want all learners who do not enroll before the expiry date to be automatically enrolled, you can select Allocate unenrolled users after Self Enrollment Expiry Date to automatically, randomly, and evenly distribute them into the available groups.
    • This option adds group members beyond the capacity of groups, if applicable. The automatic enrollment recurs at a set interval after the expiry date to ensure that all learners are assigned to a group.
    • An instructor can increase or decrease the capacity for self-enrollment groups after they have been created, and prior to the group sign-up expiry date. Decreasing a group size to an amount smaller than has already signed up for a group will not re-allocate users to other groups. 
  11. Click Save (Recommended). Then proceed to the Activity tool (Assignment or Discussion) in which you wish to utilize the groups you just created. Alternatively, you can continue and follow the steps to Create Group Workspaces such as Discussions and Assignments from within the Groups tool.
  12. A pop-up menu will display. Click OK. The message reads “Your groups are currently being created in the background. This may take a few minutes. You will receive a notification when this is complete.”
    Group Creation In Background Pop Up
  13. You will be taken back to the Manage Groups page where a message will indicate that the group creation is in progress…
    Group Creation in Progress
  14. Once the groups have created, the instructor who created the group receives a subscription alert in the minibar that indicates that the groups for their courses have been created.
    Group notification