Learn@Illinois Moodle - Using Groups with Forums

A guide to using groups with Forums in Moodle.

For a permanent link to this information, please use: http://go.illinois.edu/MoodleForumGroups

There are three group settings for forums:
  • No groups – There are no groups, everyone is part of one big community. 
    • Note: Small groups of students are best to facilitate sustained, meaningful discussions. We recommend groups of 5-7 active students.
  • Separate groups – Students can only see their own group. Students may not view or contribute to the discussions of other groups.
  • Visible groups – Students may view but not contribute to the discussions of other groups. 
Instructors will often change from separate groups to visible groups after the due date for replies has passed. This allows students to focus on their attention on their own group discussion during the discussion period but also allows them to see what other classmates had to say.

The group mode can be changed from the Forum's "Edit settings" page (under the "Common Module Settings" section) but there is also a shortcut on your main course page.
  1. In the top right corner of the page, click the Turn Editing On button.
    turn editing on

  2. Next to the the activity "Edit" link, click on the Groups icon to toggle between group settings.
     No groups
     Separate groups
     Visible groups
    Note: If students will be in different groups for different purposes over the course of the term, set a different grouping for each activity.

Related Topics

Moodle.org Documentation

Keywords:moodle, separate groups, visible groups, no groups, groupings   Doc ID:72184
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-03-30 12:00 CDTUpdated:2018-10-31 13:21 CDT
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