Create optimized learning groups by using the Group Formation plugin #MoodlePlugins

The latest plugin added to the Moodle plugins directory is Group Formation, which allows you to create optimized learning groups – by topic preference or best match of individuals’ characteristics and preferences. You can use this plugin to optimize the composition of learning groups working together on the assigned (or selected) tasks.

Group Formation is an activity plugin created by Multimedia Communication Lab, Germany and is available for Moodle 2.9 versions onwards. The plugin is designed to cover the specific use case of three most frequent and relevant scenarios in university courses. Depending upon the selected scenario, the plugin uses three different approaches by generating dynamic questionnaires. The questionnaires ask several personal-dependent relevant criteria such as motivation, goals setting, character, team performance and prior knowledge. 

Create optimized learning groups by using the Group Formation plugin #MoodlePlugins
Choosing Scenario’s

The following three scenarios are provided:

  • Project teams – work intensively together to finish a project (e.g. conduct a study, delivery of a report, etc.).
  • Homework groups – complete (smaller) assignments in regular intervals (often weekly) as a preparation for examination.
  • Presentation groups – work together for a relatively short time period to finish a presentation (usually to be held in class).

The questionnaire can’t be edited through the plugin interface. You can edit the same only by changing the .xml files in the xml_question directory of the plugin. You can edit the xml files and add more categories and languages.

You can download the latest version of the Group formation plugin from the Moodle plugins directory here.

How you would like to create optimized learning groups in your Moodle course? Do share with us in the comments section below.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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