In this article we will walk you through the process of configuring groups when using Peer Review, Group Member Evaluation, Assignment Review or Skill Review within Moodle, CumLaude or the 2.0 platform. When you want to use groups within Interactive Document/Video/Audio, you can find more information here

Once all students are added, they can be assigned to groups manually or automatically. There are three ways to create groups:  

  1. Manually assigning groups
  2. Automatically divide students in groups
  3. Manually importing groups from Excel or a .csv file

To start, press change in the first step of the assignment, next to your group settings. 

For this example, we chose Group Member Evaluation. Choose one of the two options where students have to work in a group. So either Hand in work individually, review within groups or Hand in as group, review work by other groups individually. 

Then, you will see these three options to add groups. In this article we will go through all of them. 

1. Manually assigning groups

For manual filling, it is important that all students are added to the assignment. Click here to find out more about how students are added.

Once you have selected 'Manually divide students in groups', you will see the following page. To start, first select the number of groups you want to create. Then, choose the option 'manually' then assign each student to each group.

The list of students that are in the assignment (students that have clicked on the link) is shown. Click on Assigned group next to a student's name and select the group that you want to place that student in.

Make sure all students are assigned to a group before the 'give feedback process' starts. Bear in mind that adding a student to a group after the 'give feedback' step has started, may cause errors in the allocation of peers.

2. Automatically assigning groups

To automatically fill groups, choose 'Automatically divide students in groups'. Fill in the required amount of groups. 

Automatically filling groups works as follows. If all students are added before you start configuring groups, they are randomly distributed amongst the groups straight away.

If you set automatic filling before students are added to the assignment: the groups start filling automatically as soon as a student clicks on the link. The group that is the most empty is filled first. If you have 30 students and 5 groups the first 6 students get allocated in the following manner:

Student A-> group 1
Student B -> group 2
Student C -> group 3
Student D -> group 4
Student E -> group 5
Student F is randomly assigned to one of the groups.

3. Manually exporting groups from Excel or a .csv file
Another way to manually create groups is by exporting them from a .csv file or an Excel sheet by copy pasting the students names and emails.

First, choose the option 'Paste groups from CSV' (see four screenshots above). You will be directed to another screen where you can copy the students' names and group allocation and paste them into your assignment.

For example, below is what a manually made list in an Excel file would look like. In column A you have the student email addresses and in column B you have filled in the group you would like to allocate the students to. 

After copying the information from your file and choosing the option 'Paste groups from CSV', you will see a new window where you are able to paste your selection. After pasting the details from your Excel or .csv file, your screen should look like the example screenshot below.

Important to note: you can create a cut between the email address and the group number by inserting [,] / [space] / [;] / [tab]. 

When you click next, you will reach a window where you have the opportunity to make final adjustments to the group allocation, following the same procedure as the first section of this article (Manually assigning groups). 

When all your students are allocated to the right group, you can press done and you have created your groups.

This concludes the tutorial on how to make groups. If you run into trouble, do not hesitate to contact our friendly support team by clicking the blue icon on the bottom left within our modules.


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