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A light but practical tutorial about how to manage Groups and Groupimgs in Moodle 1.9

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### Groupsandgroupings

1. 1. Understanding Groups and Groupings By Maryel Mendiola
2. 2. There is a Course with 10 participants (teachers included) and they are going to work in groups. The groups will be: • Odd Numbers • Even Numbers • Consonants • Vowels And need to be grouping into: 1. Numbers grouping 3. Letters grouping We need groups with 2 persons each one. Let's do it !!! By Maryel Mendiola
3. 3. First Steps First of all, we need to create Groups. Administration Block  Groups There are 2 ways: 1) Create group one by one Or 2) Auto-create groups We are going to create the groups with second choice By Maryel Mendiola
4. 4. Select members from role: This option is for select who is going to be at Groups, within all roles defined in it. All?, students? Teachers? Other role? Specify : if we would like to create ‘N’ number of Groups or have each group contain ‘N’ number of students, i.e. We want 2 members in each Group or we want 5 Groups. The How is set in Specify, How much (a Number) is set in Group/Member count If we select Members per group the Prevent last small group will allocate additional members to an existing group rather than create a new group with fewer members than ‘N’ By Maryel Mendiola
5. 5. Allocate members: with this option we choose the method that Moodle is going to create Groups: Naming scheme: with these •Randomly options, we are defining naming scheme by Letter or •Alphabetically by first name, last name Number e.g. •Alphabetically by last name, first name Group @ {Group A, Group B, •Alphabetically by ID number Group C … Group Z} Group # {Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 … Group n} Create in grouping and Grouping name allows us to create a new grouping and allocate the groups to be created to it. In Auto create groups we have an awesome button: Preview By Maryel Mendiola
6. 6. Indeed, the Preview button let us see how could be created our groups. If we are not satisfy, we can change settings again and again and see previews before we Submit the final settings Maybe you should practice with all options and view what happen  By Maryel Mendiola
7. 7. Have you noticed the 3 tabs? One for the list of our Groups, other for the list of our Groupings, and the last one, Overview, where we can see together and organized Groups and Grouping . . . (we shall see forward) When we submit the chosen settings, we have the result as this graphic And now, what? We are clearly which groups we need. So next step is Edit each group changing the name and assign graphics individually By Maryel Mendiola
8. 8. To edit each group, we have to: • Select a group (in this example we selected Group A) • choice ‘Edit group settings’ • Change group name to one of our first list • Odd Numbers • Even Numbers • Consonants • Vowels And another one for • Teachers At this point, we should have ready all graphics we’re going to use: 35 X 35 px for Group logo (that it’s showed at Forums); 134 X 46 px for Group List; 220 X 37 px for Grouping logo. Although this is optional, it is good to have always a good looking work :p By Maryel Mendiola
9. 9. Editing a Group New Name Graphic Group This is Group description that everybody can see when need info about some Group Group Logo This logo is shown bellow the picture profile person at Forums By Maryel Mendiola
10. 10. Look our 5 groups edited. We set Groups by choose Auto-create groups way. Then we edit each one changing name we passed from this To this Editing the Groups By Maryel Mendiola
11. 11. Grouping Time !!! OK, we already have our 5 Groups created and edited and a Grouping Scheme. So, next step is begin to grouping (a piece of cake!  ) Grouping Scheme of Y(our) Course Grouping Grouping Letters Numbers Group Group Group Group Vowels Consonants Odd Numbers Even Numbers Group Teachers Without Grouping By Maryel Mendiola
12. 12. To create group: Go to Groups through Administration Block  Groups This time you must select ‘Groupings Tab’ Click on ‘Create grouping’ button By Maryel Mendiola
13. 13. This is setting page to create Groupings. It looks like Resources and Activities, has: A text line for Name, and a box text with editor to write Grouping description By Maryel Mendiola
14. 14. Now we need to Add Groups to Grouping Click on groups icon to enter By Maryel Mendiola
15. 15. Numbers has no Groups, let’s add them By Maryel Mendiola
16. 16. Let’s see Overview Tab Here it is!!! ;D The two Groupings with its respective groups and a Group (Teachers) without Grouping By Maryel Mendiola
17. 17. Before we see how to assign some activities to our Groupings, please read this metaphor that explain the logic of Groups and Groupings. It was taken from http://docs.moodle.org/en/Groupings “One metaphor that has worked well in training is this: At the Olympics, there are many sports—gymnastics, swimming, track—and many countries. In this way, there are two levels of being categorized as an Olympian: by your sport, and by your nationality. To be on the United States Olympic Team, you must first be a swimmer, a gymnast, a runner, etc.; you cannot be on the US Team without first being an athlete in a certain sport. Your sport is your group. Your country is your grouping. You must belong to a group before joining a grouping. grouping Does this make sense?” By Maryel Mendiola
18. 18. Now is Time to get ready for assign activities to Groupings 1) We need to Set the Default Grouping 2) Assigning an activities to Groupings To set the default Grouping, go to course settings In the Groups section select the default grouping By Maryel Mendiola
19. 19. We set default Grouping because in activities must be show a Grouping by default, we can change it or leave it so. Every time we add an activity, we must edit some settings. The edit activity page has in the Common module settings: • Grouping (there appear the default grouping) • Available for group members only By Maryel Mendiola
20. 20. And everything is ready to add an activity and choice which grouping is going to do it. The Common module settings always are going to have this 2 options: Grouping and Available for group members only. As you see, these are the Advanced options, you can Hide or Show them By Maryel Mendiola
21. 21. Finally we can check how many activities has a Grouping in Administration block  Groups  Grouping Tab Let’s Keep Moodle-ing By Maryel Mendiola
22. 22. That's all for now. I will see you at next tutorial  Don’t forget to visit Maria MB ds ar eg es tR http://moodleblog.mmendiola.net/ B By Maryel Mendiola