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Create groupings

Groupings are collections of groups which can be used to restrict access to specific activities, resources and topics.

Create a grouping

Before you can add Groups to a Grouping, you must first create the Groups.

Create groupings

  1. In your Moodle space, click the cog icon > More > Users > Groups.
  2. Click the Groupings tab.
  3. Click Create Grouping button on the groupings page to create a new grouping and click Save Changes.

New grouping

When you create a new grouping it will be empty. After creating a grouping, you will need to manually add groups.

Create groupings using auto-create groups

If you use auto-create groups, you can assign the groups automatically to groupings that already exist, or you can create new groupings at the same time as you create the new groups.

Add groups to a grouping

  1. Click the "Show groups in grouping" people icon in the edit column.
    Show groups in groupings
  2. On the add/remove groups page, select the group(s) you want to add to the grouping from the "Potential members" list.

Add groups to grouping

  1. Click the 'Add' arrow button that points towards the "Existing members" list.
  2. Click the "Back to groupings" button. The group(s) you added to the grouping will now be listed in the table on the groupings page.

Group in grouping

Existing groupings can be edited and/or deleted using the appropriate icons in the edit column of the table on the groupings page. If you delete a grouping, the groups inside it will not be deleted.

Use groupings to direct tasks to groups

Select a grouping for an activity
  1. Click the 'Edit settings' link for the activity
  2. In the common module settings section, set a group mode (Separate or visible groups)Common module settings groups
  3. Select the grouping from the grouping dropdown menu.moodle-activity-grouping.png
  4. Click the "Save changes" button at the bottom of the page.

NB If the group mode is set to separate groups, students will only see the activities they have been assigned to.

Restrict an activity, resource or topic to a grouping

Restrict activity access to grouping

  1. Open the 'Restrict access' section in the activity, resource or topic settings
  2. Click Add restriction > Grouping
  3. Choose the appropriate grouping and save changes.

For more guidance on Grouping please see:

The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.4 and was last updated August 2018.


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