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Sometimes it makes sense to organize the work within a course into groups.
First you have to create and manage the groups.

1. Select the corresponding course and click on the gear in the upper right corner to open the course settings.


2. Then select the "Users" tab and click on "Groups".


3. Scroll down to the actions and click on "Create group".


Here you can make general settings, such as defining the group name, adding a description or uploading an image.
After you have saved the information with the button below, you will be taken back to the group page, where your created groups can also be seen. (In this example "Group A", "Group B" and "Group C")


You can then assign the individual course participants to the groups.

4. Click on the group to be edited first and then on "Add/remove users" in the lower right corner.


5. Select always one participant from the list "Potential members" on the right side and click on "Add".


Once you have selected all group members, they are automatically saved.
Then you should see a list of all group members on the left side:


6. Now you can click on "Back to groups" at the bottom left and continue with the other groups as described from step 4. onward.
The groups will be saved automatically.

Alternative you can "Auto-create groups" or "Import groups".

If the participants join the course manually (only courses that are not created and synchronized in the CMS), your participants can be assigned to the different groups using registration keys.

There are three group modes:
  • No groups: Everyone belongs to this group.
  • Separate groups: Each group member only sees the activities (e.g. forum posts, wiki or database entries) of their own group.
  • Visible groups: Each group works for itself, but the activities of the other groups can be seen.
You can set up group work for the entire course or just for individual activities.

Working in groups can support cooperative learning when used in a targeted way. Some often used methods are:
  • Group puzzle: "expert groups" develop the material to a certain theoretical background and transfer it into a concrete application in the original groups ("learning by teaching").
  • Constructive controversy: The groups must look at an issue from opposite perspectives and defend their point of view. The goal, however, is a common consensus on the content. In addition to the learning effect of the broader topic, the discussion is also stimulated here. (cf. Six Thinking Hats)
  • Brainstorming: After familiarization with the topic, the participants collect all their ideas. The groups evaluate and order all approaches in order to decide which ideas are to be developed further together.

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Topic revision: r2 - 17 Oct 2019, sbeiti
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