It should come as no surprise that you might encounter famous authors online via Twitter. I still remember the thrill of “meeting” Doug “Blue Skunk” Johnson online, Mary Cooch, but now, I have a new connection!

A short time ago, I read a book upon the recommendation of Diana Benner (@diben or Plurk:dibenner) entitled “Moodle Course Conversion” by Ian Wild. Wow, what a great book to read. It helped me understanding how groupings are different from groups, an explanation which I ended up sharing via the Moodle Mayhem email list.

The question about Moodle groupings began the conversation like this:

I have a quick question.  I don’t yet have my course set up to enable groups.

I have a course with approximately 50 resources (audio, pdf’s, video files) that I would like different students to see, as well as hiding some of the files for some of the students/

If I enable groups, can I then assign students to groups and then designate each particular resource as visible only to a certain group?

Here is my response:

When you set up your course to enable groups–separate groups, force=yes–you can then issue each member of a specific group an enrollment key. When they sign up for the course using their group enrollment key, they automatically become a part of the group you’ve assigned them to. Group A’s enrollment key is “groupa” and Groups B and C can’t see what A group is doing. 

Contrast this approach with one enrollment key for an entire course that allows everyone to see everything else people are doing.

Now, in addition to this, you can assign specific tasks–using the grouping button–to Group A that aren’t necessarily available to Group B or C. This allows you to differentiate instruction for your students according to grouping (gasp, that sounds like homogenous grouping).

Using this approach, you can also make certain activities/resources available or not depending on group membership.

Where did I gain this knowledge? How did I know this? I read Ian Wild’s Moodle Course Conversion.

By the way, for more information on grouping, watch this YouTube video that Mary Cooch shared)

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