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Work collaboratively using groups

Groups can be used for collaboration and reflective group learning as they enable staff and students to:

  • Encourage the use of project-based practices, negotiation skills, and positive interdependence
  • Set tasks to be shared and completed by the group
  • Share files and other artefacts
  • Create and edit pages and collections together
  • Support reflective writing using journals
  • Enable peer appraisal using the group forum
  • Scaffold the subsequent portfolio creation using a template with clear instructions

The guides below are aimed at tutors creating groups for students. Students can also create groups but have fewer options.

For information on the differences, and on groups generally, please see

Create a group

See Create a group and add members for more information on getting started.

  • Small groups - add people individually to the group.
  • Large groups - create the group as Request, or Open access, and email the students a link via Moodle or Mass Mailing. If open, update this to rRequest once all the students have joined the group.
Please note that groups in Mahara do not sync with SITS, Tabula or Moodle currently.

Manage the group homepage

The homepage is the shared group space where a group can work together to create a reflective or project-based portfolio by adding shared artefacts to pages and collections. These can then be copied to the individual members personal portfolio collection for submission via Moodle.

Similarly, academics can create a template portfolio and share this to all group members from the homepage.

The information on this page relates to Mahara 20.04 and was last updated August 2020.


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