Pathfinder for Moodle beginners – Groups and Groupings #LearnMoodle

August 23rd, 2016

Few days ago, we posted about the Generico filter pathfinder written by Steve Ambro, Moodle community member from US and now Steve is back with another pathfinder tutorial for Moodle beginners based on the “Groups and Groupings” topic.

The new pathfinder is to introduce the new moodlers with the difference in the terms Groups and Groupings in Moodle world. The pathfinder will explain about creating groups, assigning students in groups and then using those groups in assignment activities. Afterwards, it covers about how to apply the groups to groupings.

Pathfinder for Moodle beginners - Groups and Groupings #LearnMoodleYou can check out the Groups and Groupings tutorial here – and you can share your feedback with Steve at  SA (at) ProfessorsPlace (dot) info

Groups in Moodle:

The Groups feature allows you to divide up the students on your course into groups, such as their class groups. Students can then undertake Moodle activities within these groups, allowing them to work together more closely, and encouraging more participation from each member than they might get in a whole-class exercise.

Why use groups:

  • You are a teacher in a course where you have several classes and you want to filter your activities and gradebook so you only see one class at a time.
  • You are a teacher sharing a course with other teachers and you want to filter your activities and gradebook so you don’t see the students from your colleagues’ classes.
  • You want to allocate a particular activity, resource or topic section to just one class or set of users and you don’t want others to see it


A grouping is a collection of groups within a course. Using groupings allows you to direct tasks at one or more groups in your course, so that they can work together on the tasks.

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  • Mark Glynn

    You may find this video useful – it explains how to allocate groups/groupings to assignments

    • Thanks Mark for sharing such a wonderful video. I really liked that beautiful representation.