Manage Groups

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Overview

Groups are subsets of participants for a given site. Groups are not preloaded with official course data, and can therefore be created by the instructor. Groups are useful to organize study groups, project teams, and other non-official subsets of participants. Groups can be created based on individuals or by role.

Currently, the following tools are "Group Friendly:"

Accessing groups

You can access groups with the Site Editor and Worksite Setup in My Workspace tools.

To access groups with the Site Editor tool

  1. In your site's left menu click Site Editor.
  2. Click Manage Groups.

To create a new group

To add an individual to a group click their name or role on the left, then the ">" arrow
To add an individual to a group click their name or role on the left, then the ">" arrow

Create a new group manually

This method allows an instructor to assign specif individuals and/or roles to a specific group.

  1. In Site Editor select "`Manage Groups'".
  2. Click Create New Group.
  3. In the "Title" field, enter a title for your group (e.g., Project team 1). You may also add a text description.
  4. From the window on the left, select a site participant to add to the group, and then click Add to group. Repeat this step until you've added all the members you wish to the group. To select more than one member at a time, hold down the The control key, or ctrl key, is normally found on the bottom corners of a PC keyboard, beside the alt keys on Windows, The command key, located beside the space bar on an Apple Inc. keyboard.  Often used as the equivalent to the Window's "ctrl" key. on a Mac, and select the members you wish to add.
  5. Alternatively, click >> to move all site participants to the right-hand window, select any participants you do not want in the group, and click < to remove them.
  6. When you're finished, click Update.

Note: It is not possible to create a new group based on existing group (i.e., duplicate an existing group). Groups are subsets of participants for a given site. Groups are not preloaded with official course data, and can therefore be created by the instructor. Groups are useful to organize study groups, project teams, and other non-official subsets of participants.

Auto Groups

This method allows an instructor to create a group based on a role, for example all students or all TAs..

  1. In Site Editor select Manage Groups.

Included in 2.7.X upgrade

  1. Click Auto Groups.
  2. Select which role(s) to draw members from
  3. When you're finished, click Update.

To edit a group

  1. Access the groups area of your site (see above).
  2. Next to the group title, click Edit.
  3. You may revise the "Title" and "Description" fields. You may also add or remove group members by clicking Add to group or Remove.
  4. When you're finished, click Update.

To delete a group

  1. Access the groups area of your site (see above).
  2. Next to the group you wish to remove, check the box under Remove.
  3. Click Remove Checked.
  4. To confirm removal, click Remove.

Things to Consider

The Manage Groups tool can create groups where a student can belong to more than one of the groups.

The Sections tool enables students to be in only one type of group, and the interface shows which students have yet to be assigned. If you have multiple groups to create, where you don't want to miss a student in the list and they will only be in one group at a time, the Sections tool may better serve you.

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This article is based on the equivalent Sakai help article created by Indiana University found at: http://kb.iu.edu/data/arcr.html.
Additional sources of content include Brock University's Sakai / Isaak Wiki and the University of Florida Sakai / e-Learning Documentation with thanks and appreciation for the collaboration.

All respective sources used are under a free-for-reuse license and additional permission has been obtained.

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