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1.1.3.3 An example to illustrate how groupings/groups work

  • Your course has five students: Alice, Bob, Charlie, David and Eve.
  • You create two groupings - 'Grouping 1' and 'Grouping 2'. You create threegroups for Grouping 1 called Group X, Group Y and Group Z and you create twogroups in Grouping 2 called 'English student' and 'Scottish students'.
  • You put Alice and Bob in Group X, Charlie and David in Group Y and Eve in Group Z.
  • You put Alice and Charlie in 'English students' and Bob and Eve in 'Scottish students' (David is Welsh so we don't put him into a group at all).

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  • You now create a wiki and a forum. You assign Grouping 1 to the wiki and Grouping 2 to the forum.
  • The wiki now uses the groups Group X, Group Y and Group Z. The forum now uses the 'English student' and 'Scottish students' groups. As David isn't in any of the groups for Grouping 2, he doesn't even see that the forum exists.
As you can see groups in Moodle 1.8 are extremely flexible. You can have users in multiple groups, and they can only see content in the groups they are assigned to. Groups will be discussed more when we look at adding activities (chat rooms, forums, assignments, etc.) later in this manual.

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