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Using groups with forums

  1. Select Turn editing on in the top right-hand corner of your Moodle paper.

  2. Select Edit then Edit settings
  3. Scroll down to Common module settings and open the drop-down menu.
  4. Select the Group mode setting from the drop down menu. Groups in Moodle can be set up as “Separate Groups” or “Visible Groups”.

  5. Finally, select Save and return to paper or Save and display.

The table below outlines how the settings affect the use of the Moodle Forum.

 

No Group

Separate Groups

Visible Groups

Can students start new discussion topics?

Yes students can start new topics

Students can only start new topics for their own group

Students can only start new topics for their own group

Can students post replies to other discussion topics?

Yes, students can reply to other topics.

Students can reply if the topic was started by another group member, OR if the topic was started by the instructor and was posted to their own group

Students can reply if the topic was started by another group member, OR if the topic was started by the instructor.

Can students view other groups’ discussion topics?

N/A

No, students cannot view other groups’ discussions (the topics are invisible to non-group members).

Yes, students can view other groups’ discussions, but they cannot reply to them.

If the instructor posts to “All Participants”

N/A

Students in all groups can view the instructor’s post, but no student in any group can reply to the instructor’s post.

Students in all groups can view the instructor’s post and reply to the instructor’s post.

If the instructor posts to a selected group…

N/A

Only students in the selected group can view the instructor’s post and reply to the instructor’s post.

Students in all groups can view the instructor’s post, but only students in the selected group can reply to the instructor’s post.