Groups can be a useful tool in Moodle, and can have several functions; It can be used to give students a platform in the forums to interact with one another in a smaller group within the class, or they can be used to allow separate drop boxes for assignments designated to specific groups.
To learn how to create Groups, see the steps below.
Login to the course in which you would like to create a new group.
Select the 'Participant' option on the menu on the left of you page.
From the 'Actions' dropdown menu select 'Groups'.
Once you are redirected to the group creation page, click the Create Group button located near the bottom of the page.
Fill the appropriate fields on your groups page. Enter the 'Group Name' (e.g Group 1).
Fill in "Group Description" and add a group picture (optional).
Click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page. Repeat steps as needed to create more groups.
After you have saved your changes, you will be directed back to the group creation page.
select a Group name from the list on the left hand side of the page. To add users to your group, then select 'Add/remove users'. The window with open.
Select a name from the Potential Members list on the right side of the page, and click on Add.
Next, Continue to "Add" all of the students that you wish to assign to that particular group.
Once you are finished assigning group members to that particular group, click the "Back to Groups" button at the bottom of the page.
Repeat the steps above to add members to the remaining groups.
Once "Groups" have been created and students have been assigned, you have the further options of creating "Groupings."
A grouping is a collection of groups within a course. Using groupings allows you to direct tasks at one or more groups in your course, so that they can work together on the tasks.
In the group creation page, find the menu bar near the top of the page and click on the orange link that reads "Groupings."
Click the "Create grouping" button.
Provide a name for the "Grouping" (this can be the same as the group name).
Create as many Groupings as needed.
Next, the right 'Group' must be associated with the corresponding "Grouping." To do this, find the icon 'Show Groups in Grouping', underneath the 'Edit' heading of the desired 'Grouping'.
Select the appropriate group name from the 'Potential members' column on the right hand side, and select 'Add'.
Click "Back to Groupings" when you have finished, and repeat the previous step for the remaining "Groupings."
Congrats, this task is now complete, you are now free to assign tasks to specific groups.