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Creating Student Groups

Why?

Groups in myWPI allow student project groups in a course to have their own private group area to share files and discuss their project online. Groups may have their own Discussion Board, File Exchange, Collaboration area and e-mail list, depending on which features the site maintainer enables.

Video

  1. To access the Groups area, from the Course Management area in your course site, click on the Users and Groups Action Link in the Control Panel.
  2. From the Users and Groups sub-menu, click Groups.
  3. The Groups management area appears.

Creating New Groups

Tip

When creating groups you will have the choice of three different methods for enrolling students:

Create a Single Group

  1. Click Create Single Group on the Groups page and select either . The Add Group page appears with three sections.

Section 1: Group Information

  1. Enter a name for the group in the Name field.
  2. Enter a description for the group in the Description field.

Tip

You may want to type student names into the Description field so it is easy to see who is in each group.

Section 2: Tool Availability

Select the check boxes for the tools you want to make available to the groups and whether or not they will be graded. These tools are specially designed for communication and assessment within groups.

You can find a list of tools and their descriptions here.

Section 3: Module Personal Setting

Select the check box to enable students to alter the appearnce of their group.

Section 4: Sign-up options (Self-Enroll Only)

After giving the sign-up sheet a name and writing some instructions, give the group a maximum number of members and choose visibility options. This will only appear if you are creating a self-enrolling group and not a

Section 5: Membership

In this section, choose any initial group members by highlighting their names in the left column and clicking on the right arrow button to move them into the selected column. If you want to remove users from the selected list, highlight them and click on the left arrow button.

Tip:

Hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard in order to select multiple names from either list.

Section 6: Submit

Click Submit to add the group.

Create a Group Set

  1. Click Create Single Group on the Groups page and select either . The Add Group page appears with three sections.

Section 1: Group Information

  1. Enter a name for the group in the Name field.
  2. Enter a description for the group in the Description field.

Tip

You may want to type student names into the Description field so it is easy to see who is in each group.

Section 2: Tool Availability

Select the check boxes for the tools you want to make available to the groups and whether or not they will be graded. These tools are specially designed for communication and assessment within groups.

You can find a list of tools and their descriptions here.

Section 3: Module Personal Setting

Select the check box to enable students to alter the appearnce of their group.

Section 4: Sign-up options (Self-Enroll Only)

After giving the sign-up sheet a name and writing some instructions, give the group a maximum number of members and choose visibility options. This will only appear if you are creating a self-enrolling group and not a

Section 5: Membership (Random Groups)/Group Set Options

In this section, choose the number of groups you want to add, as well as any other parameters you wish to add. If the groups are random, you'll see options pertaining to how many groups exist and how many

Section 6: Submit

Click Submit to add the group. The groups will automatically be created.


Use the above instructions to add students to groups, and click the Add Group button to add another group onto the list. When finished, click Submit.

Note

In previous versions of myWPI, you had to add a discussion forum for the group members if you checked off Group Discussion Board Available. In the current version, this is no longer necessary because a default forum is automatically created for the group.


Adding Students to a Group

  1. Go to Control Panel > User Management > Manage Groups.
  2. Click Edit for the group you want to add students to.
  3. On the Search tab, leave the search box empty and click the Search button. A list of all students who are not already in the group is displayed.
  1. Select the check box for each student that you want to add to the group.
  2. Click Submit to finish adding users. If you have more than 25 students in your course, 25 names will be listed on each page. You will need to hit the Submit button at the bottom of each page and then list the students again for the next page.

Listing Students in a Group

  1. From the Manage Groups page, click Modify for the group you want to view.
  2. On the next page, select List Users in Group.
  3. On the Search tab, leave the search box empty and click the Search button.

Removing Students from a Group

  1. From the Manage Groups page, click Modify for the group you want to remove students from.
  2. On the next page, select Remove Users in Group.
  3. On the Search tab, leave the search box empty and click the Search button.
  4. Select the check box for each student that you want to remove from the group.
  5. Type Yes in the text box to confirm the removal.
  1. Click Submit to remove students from the group.
  2. Click OK to confirm that the remove cannot be undone.

Modifying a Group

You can change description and the tools available to the group by modifying the group properties.

  1. From the Manage Groups page, click Modify for the group you want to modify.
  2. Click on Group Properties.
  3. Make any changes and click Submit.

Removing a Group

  1. From the Manage Groups page, click Remove next to the group you want to remove.
  1. Click OK to confirm that the action cannot be undone.
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