Answered By: Brian Yeich
Last Updated: Jul 03, 2014     Views: 16

1. Create “single” groups

  • Under "Course Settings", "Users", "Groups", I auto-created some groups.  I set it to “Members per group” and then specified one student per group.  I “allocated members” randomly and set the naming scheme as “Group #”.  (I chose a different naming scheme than the other groups I had.  For my regular groups, I have set the naming scheme as "Group @" and the “group” name I chose for the “To Professor” scheme was "Group #".

2. Create “Grouping”

  • Then you'll notice “Create in grouping” an option to create a “New Grouping”.  I entered the Grouping name as “To Professor”.  The next step will make more sense.  So, at this point, you have the same number of groups as you do students, as well as any other groups you have already created.
  • At the top of the Group creation page, you'll see three tabs: Groups, Groupings, Overview.  If you click on Groups, you'll see all of the mess you just created.  Don't worry about it.  It'll all make sense shortly. Click on Groupings, and you'll see the list of all those in the groupings, so all of the single member groups just created.  Then, in the Overview tab, you'll see just that - the overview.

3. Create “To Professor” forum

  • Now, go back to the main page.  Create a forum.   Name the forum “To Professor”.  You’ll want to put some text in there as the description.  I would put something like “Private communication with Professor.”   Scroll down to the "Common module settings".  You should see on the far right side of the screen an option to "Show advanced".  Click on that.  Magically, "Grouping" appears.  If you have created the groups as I've described above, you'll see the option to select the grouping previously created.  Of course, to replicate the "To Professor" icon with all of the private communications, you'll need to make this a "separate group" mode.

4. Other group work

  1. One final step.  If you plan on or are using groups in your discussion forums, you will need to create a “Grouping” for the discussion forums and then assign that “Grouping” for the discussion forum.
  2. Create your groups as normal.  Once the groups are created, then, click on the “Groupings” tab and select the “Create grouping” button at the bottom of the Groupings page.
  3. Give the grouping a name.  I named mine “Group Discussion Forums” to give it a distinction from the “To Professor” grouping.  You don’t need to put a description in unless you want to.  Click on “Save Changes”.
  4. Still on the groupings page, you will notice a set of icons on the right side of the screen.  Click on icon that looks like two people.  Select the groups to be a member of this forum.  (I had set up groups already with five members to a group.  Those three groups were then added to this group.  NOTE: I did not add the single member groups.)  Click on the “Add” button.
  5. Once you’ve seen them added, click on the “Back to groupings” button.  You will now see all of the groupings you’ve made.
  6. When you create a discussion forum for your class that is to be something for your class groups to work on, scroll toward the bottom of the setup page and click on the “Show Advanced” button in the “Common module settings section.  Set your group discussion up as normal, only choose the “discussion grouping” :make sure you choose the groupings option for the discussion grouping.

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