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Accessing Groups

The Groups tool is located in the Communication Link Group on the default Course Nav Bar.

image of the course nav bar with the groups tool selected

The Groups tool is an excellent way to organize your class into collaborative work areas. You can use groups to mediate discussion boards, organize collaborative dropbox folders, and create assignment and project sign-ups. Students can belong to multiple groups within the same course. As the instructor, you can set up your groups to populate automatically, assign members manually, or let students choose their own groups. 


Creating Groups

The Groups tool is organized by category, meaning that each set of groups must belong to a category. Follow these steps to create groups within your course:

  1. Click the New Category Button

    image of the new category button

  2. Enter a Category Name
  3. Enter a description (optional)
  4. Select the Enrollment Type of your choice:

    list of enrollment types

      1. # of Groups - No Auto Enrollments - Selecting this option will allow you to specify the number of groups in this category as well as give you the opportunity to manually select a group assignment for each student. 
      2. Groups of # - Selecting this option will allow you to specify the maximum number of students allowed in each group. D2L automatically populates this group enrollment type. 
      3. # of Groups - Selecting this option will allow you to specify the maximum number of groups per category. D2L automatically populates this group enrollment type. 
      4. Groups of # - Self Enrollment - Selecting this option will allow you to specify the maximum number of students per group as well as give your students the opportunity to enroll themselves in a group. 
      5. # of Groups of # - Self Enrollment - Selecting this option will allow you to specify the number of groups in this category as well as give your students the opportunity to enroll themselves in a group.
  5. In the Additional Options section, mark the appropriate checkboxes to automatically create group restricted discussion areas and dropbox folders.

    create workspace options: discussion areas and dropbox folders

    1. Note that marking Set up discussion areas will present you with the opportunity to select or create a forum. Then, D2L will automatically generate one topic per group within that forum. These topics will already be restricted so that each group see only the topic assigned to it. Marking Set up dropbox folders will create one "group" dropbox folder per group. These group dropbox folders allow for each student within the group to see all group member submissions.
  6. Click Save.
Edit a Category Name or Group Name

image of the manage groups page

  1. Navigate to the Manage Groups page by selecting the Groups tool from within the Communication link group located on the default Course Nav bar. 
  2. Click on the Category or Group you wish to edit.
  3. Make the appropriate changes and click Save.
Manually Add a Student to a Group

Selecting the # of Groups - No Auto Enrollments during the creation of your group categories requires you to manually assign students to a particular group. Follow these instructions to manually enroll your students into groups:

Method 1

  1. Select Enroll Users from the context menu of the group category

    image of the context menu of a group category (includes Edit Category, Add Group, Enroll Users)

  2. You will be redirected to the Enroll Users screen. From here, for each student enrolled in your course, select the appropriate checkbox for the group you wish you assign the student

    Image of the add users to group table

  3. Click Save

Method 2

  1. Locate the group category you wish to assign and click a group name.
    1. The Edit Group Screen will display. This screen will give you the opportunity to edit the group name, group code, and group description. 

      image of the enroll users button and the view enrollment buttons found on the edit group page

  2. Click the Enroll Users button to begin assigning students to this group.
  3. The Enroll Users screen will display. From here, mark the checkbox to the far right of a student's name to assign him/her to this particular group.

    Image of the add users to group table

  4. When you have finished selecting the users for this group click the Save button. 
  5. Repeat these step for the number of groups you have created.
Delete a Student from a Group
  1. Select Enroll Users from the context menu of the group category

    image of the context menu of a group category (includes Edit Category, Add Group, Enroll Users)

  2. You will be redirected to the Enroll Users screen. From here, clear the checkbox(es) beside the student's name you wish to remove from the group.
  3. Click Save
Automatically Create Group-Restricted Discussion Board Topics

Assuming you set up your groups and marked the “Set up Discussion Areas” options, you can revisit the Groups tool to automatically create more group discussion topics.

  1. Click on the group category name
  2. In the Existing Workspace section, click the Edit Discussion Restrictions hyperlink
  3. On the Create Restricted Discussion Areas pages, click the Automatically create restricted topics hyperlink.

    create workspace options: discussion areas and dropbox folders

  4. If you have already created your forums, select the appropriate forum from the dropdown menu. If not, click the New Forum hyperlink.

    Image of the Create Restricted Topics page with the option to select a preexisting forum or a hyperlink to create a new discussion forum

  5. Enter a Forum Title and description (optional)
    1. Note: You can use the forum description to post the discussion board prompt.

      The New Forum window contains only a name field and a description field. All other properties should be managed from the discussions tool.

  6. Click Save.
  7. Click Add Another to create a new discussion forum. Click Create and Next to complete the group setup.
  8. Click Done to exit the Workspace Summary.
  9. Click Save to exit out of the group setup screen. You will be redirected back to the Manage Groups Screen
  10. Navigate to the Discussion Board (Evaluation --> Discussions) and you will see the forum you created and the group topics that were automatically generated in the process. if you need assistance with editing the properties of your discussion board forums and topics, visit the Discussions help page. 

Image of group restricted discussion board topics within a forum

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