A short time ago, someone asked this question on Moodle Mayhem email list:

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?

This presented the opportunity for me to share something I’d just read about in Ian Wild’s Moodle Course Conversion (listen to a podcast of Ian Wild online at http://moodlemayhem.org).

Here’s my response to the person asking the question above:

Yes. I’m sure other folks could explain this better since my knowledge of grouping, groups and assigning different tasks to each group is theoretical at this point.

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.

That’s my current understanding. Anyone else have a different one?

How are you using Grouping in YOUR Moodle-based course?

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