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Best Practice: Presenting Groups

The way students access groups depends on how you set up your course. As shown in the following image, you can use three options for setting up groups to achieve different learning objectives.

Present groups to students

Option A: My Groups

What it looks like:

Each student's groups appear by default in My Groups.

How it works:

After you create groups and add users, the groups are available to enrolled members in My Groups where users can expand each group name for quick access to its tools. Since My Groups is populated automatically when students are added to groups, this option is the easiest to implement. Select the arrow to expand the group homepage into the content frame.


Option B: Course menu link

What it looks like:

Adding a course menu link to the Groups listing page displays all groups a student is enrolled in and available sign-up sheets.

How it works:

Because My Groups does not list sign-up sheets, create a link to the Groups listing page, if you want to use self-enroll groups. A link to groups in the course menu makes it easy and convenient for students. Use the course menu's Add Menu Item list and create a tool link or a course link. Then, select the Groups listing page in the pop-up course map.


Option C: Provide links in a course area

What it looks like:

A link to the Groups listing page, a group homepage, or a sign-up sheet appears in a content area, folder, learning module, or lesson plan in close proximity to related content.

How it works:

Create groups using the groups tool. Next, go to the course area where you want to add the group link. Point to Tools on the action bar and select Groups. Make your selection on the Create Link: Group page.