Create a group category

To organize and manage related groups, use categories. For example, you can have a category for Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Seminars, Remedial Help, and Book Reviews.

Before you create a new set of groups, you must set up a category and create restricted work areas for the groups.

  1. On the nav bar, click People, then select Groups.
  2. On the Manage Groups page, click New Category.
  3. Enter a Category Name and Description.
  4. Select an Enrollment Type from the drop-down list. Learn about Group Enrollment Types.
  5. Depending on the chosen Enrollment Type, enter the Number of Groups to create, the Number of Users per group, or both.
  6. To restrict enrollments to a specific section or group in your course, select the preferred section or group from the dropdown menu.
    Note: Instructors can create sub-groups, based on Section or Group enrollment, within the Groups tool. Instructors can only apply one enrollment restriction to a sub-group. Sub-groups can only be added once, users cannot create sub-groups of sub-groups.
    Restrict Enrollments
  7. 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”.
  8. Depending on the chosen Enrollment Type, to automatically enroll users to groups, select Auto-enroll new users.
  9. Depending on the chosen Enrollment Type, 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.
  10. If you select an Enrollment Type that supports self enrollment, to set a deadline after which learners can no longer self enroll in the group, select Set Self Enrollment Expiry Date.
  11. If you select Set Self Enrollment Expiry Date, but you want all learners who do not enroll before the expiry date to be enrolled, you can select Allocate unenrolled users after Self Enrollment Expiry Date to automatically, randomly and evenly distribute them into the available groups.
    • Note: 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.
  12. Note: Enable the options in the Create Workspace area only after you’ve customized your group names. The Discussions areas are then created with the customized group names right away, and you do not have to edit their names manually later.
  13. Click Save.
  14. To customize individual group names, click the group and enter a new group name.
  15. Click Save.
  16. To set up discussion areas, locker areas, and assignment submissions folders with the customized group name, from the category name’s context menu, click Edit Category.
  17. In the Create Workspace area, select Set up discussion areas, Set up lockers, and/or Set up assignment submissions folders.
  18. Click Save.
  19. On the Create Restricted Topics page, select the Forum in which you want to create restricted topics.
  20. If you have the new group topic creation feature enabled, do one of the following:
    • If you want instructors to manage each topic individually, select the Create one topic per group radio button. Learners can only see topics assigned to their group.
    • If you want to enable instructors to manage all activity and assessment from one topic, select the Create one topic with threads separated by group radio button. Learners can only see threads from their own group.
  21. Click Create and Next.
  22. Enter a group discussion Title and Description.
  23. Click Create and Next.
  24. Click Done.

Need to create more groups within a category? Follow these steps: Create a group

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