1. Course Level Groups
    1. To Create a Group
    2. To Add Users to a Group
    3. To Remove Members From a Group
  2. Auto-Creating Groups
    1. To Auto-Create a Group
  3. Creating Groupings (“Collections” of related groups)
    1. To create a grouping
  4. Groups overview
  5. Group Self-Selection

Groups and Groupings allow students to work collaboratively on projects/assignments within cuLearn. When Groups are created/used in cuLearn:

  • TAs can be assigned to different groups for grading.
  • Group emails can be sent using the mail tool to members of one or more groups.
  • Students can be assigned to one or more groups.
  • A group will exist only in that specific course.

Course Level Groups

Group mode can be defined at the course level as the default mode for all activities within the course. To form Groups at the course level, go to the Gear icon on the top-right side of the homepage, then select Edit settings from the drop-down menu. Under Groups, you will find three Group mode options at the course level:

  • No groups – There are no sub groups, everyone is part of one big community.
  • Separate groups – Each group member can only see their own group, others are invisible.
  • Visible groups – Each group member works in their own group, but can also see other groups.

NOTE: Each activity that supports groups can also define its own group mode, though if the group mode is forced at the course level, the group mode setting for each activity is ignored. Please consult the EDC if you are unsure about which setting you require.

To Create a Group

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. In the navigation menu on the left side of your course page, click Participants.
    NOTE: If you cannot see the navigation menu, you may need to expand it first. To open the navigation menu, click on the hamburger button on the top-left side of your course page
  4. Click on the blue Gear icon in the top right of the course page.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Groups.
  6. Click on the Groups tab.                                 
  7. Click the Create Group button.
  8. Enter your Group name.
  9. Click Save changes.

A group shell will be created that you can populate with students.

To Add Users to a Group

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. In the navigation menu on the left side of your course page, click Participants.
    NOTE: If you cannot see the navigation menu, you may need to expand it first. To open the navigation menu, click on the hamburger button on the top-left side of your course page
  4. Click on the Gear icon in the top right of the course page
  5. Select Groups from the menu
  6. Select the group name from the Group List that you wish to populate (from the list of Groups in the field on the left hand side).                           
  7. Click on the Add/ Remove Users button (below the “Members of” field on the right-hand side). You will see a list of Potential members who are enrolled in your course on the right-hand side.
  8. Click to select students and click Add  to place them into the chosen group.  You can also use the Search button to find potential particular students in the course to add to the group. The students that are added will show up in the Group Members field on the left hand side.
  9. Repeat the process until you’ve finished adding all members to your selected group.
  10. Click the Back to Groups button to exit this tool. If you plan on using your groups for a group submissions in cuLearn, remember to also set up a Grouping. (See the instructions for Creating Groupings below.)

To Remove Members From a Group

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on Participants in the navigation menu
  4. Click the Blue gear wheel 
  5. Click to select Groups.
  6. Click to select the group name that you want to revise from the group list
  7. Click on the Add/Remove Users button. You will see all the Group members in the chosen group. You can select students and use the Remove button to remove selected students from that group. The students that are removed will now show up in the Potential Members field on the right hand side.
  8. When you are done removing students, click on the Back to Groups button to exit this tool.

Auto-Creating Groups

The Auto-create groups function will automatically sort your students into multiple groups. You can set group size, or number of groups to auto-create.  Auto-creation allows for randomized assignment to groups, alphabetical assignment, and ordinal assignment.

To Auto-Create a Group

  1. Login to your cuLearn course page
  2. Click on Participants in the navigation menu
  3. Click the Blue gear wheel 
  4. Click to select Groups
  5. On the groups page, click Auto-create groups.                                                        
  6. Specify how you want to divide your class into groups under the General drop-down menu. You can auto-create groups based on:
    • Number of groups will form groups based on the total number of groups you select.
    • Members per group will form groups based on the number of members in each group.  
      NOTE: If you select Members per group, go to Group members > Allocate members, then click the check-box next to Prevent last small group. If a remaining group is less than the size you set, cuLearn will place these members into other existing groups (preventing cuLearn from creating a group containing only 1 student).
  7. In the Naming scheme box, type the group name you would like to use for your groups. cuLearn will automatically generate names based on what you type. An “@” sign will generate a letter (For instance, “Group @” will generate Group A, Group B, Group C). A “#” sign will generate a number (For instance, “Group #” will generate Group 1, Group 2, Group 3)
  8. Under the Group members drop-down-menu, select how you want group members to be assigned to groups under Allocate members. The default setting is Randomly (You can also sort alphabetically by First nameLast name, or Student ID#).
    NOTE: New groups can be created within groupings with the Select members from grouping drop down menu option (found in the Group members tab). To create your groups within an existing grouping, select the name of that grouping, otherwise, click on the Grouping tab and select New grouping from the Grouping of auto-created groups drop-down menu.
  9. Click Preview to see a preview of the groups.
  10. If you are satisfied, click Submit.

Creating Groupings (“Collections” of related groups)

A Grouping is a collection of related groups. Related groups would be groups that are all for a similar purpose, such as project groups or assignment groups. Groupings are used to help cuLearn understand how groups are organized, so you can distinguish which collection of groups should have access to certain content or activities.

For example, if you would like to split your class into 4 groups for an Assignment, but also have a Forum activity arranged so that students work in pairs, you would need to create two separate Groupings.  One Grouping would have 4 groups for the Assignment and the second Grouping would contain groups of two.

To create a grouping

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on Participants in the navigation menu on the left side of your course page.
  4. Click the Blue gear wheel 
  5. Click to select Groups.
  6. Click on the Groupings tab.
  7. Click on the Create grouping button.
  8. Give the Grouping a name.  Usually the Grouping name is based on the purpose of the groups (For example, Assignment Groups or Team Project Groups)
  9. Click Save changes. A grouping shell will be created for you to populate with groups.
  10. Click on the Show groups in groupings icon 
  11. Click to select the groups that you want to add to the Grouping (i.e. all the related groups that fall within the Grouping’s purpose).
  12. Click Add Groups.
  13. Click the Back to groupings button.

Groups overview

An overview of all the Groups and Groupings you’ve created within your course can be accessed by returning to the Groups page (Participants > Groups).  Overview can be found at the top of your page (in blue letters) beside the Groupings tab.

Group Self-Selection

The Group Self-Selection activity allows students to choose which pre-created group to join or can be set up to allow students to create groups to join. You can set dates when students can sign up as well as the maximum amount of people per group.

Find out more on the Group Self-Selection page.

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