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Auto-create groups

With Auto-create, you specify the number of groups or number of students per group. Moodle creates the groups and populates them automatically.

  1. Select the paper you want to create groups in and select Participants from the side menu.

  2. Select Manage Participants

  3. Select Groups.

  4. Select Auto-create groups.

  5. Enter the following details:
    • Naming scheme. It must include a ‘#’ or ‘@’. # numbers your group e.g Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, @ uses letters e.g Group A. Group B, Group C.
    • Whether to Auto-create based on the Number of groups or Number of members.
    • The relevant number of either groups or members.

  6. To include only students in your groups, set Select members with role to Student

  7. You can also Allocate members to groups Randomly or Alphabetically by first name, last name or ID number
  8. Note: If you wish to make your last group bigger rather than smaller, tick Prevent last small group.

  9. If you are going to have more than one Grouping (set) of groups in your Moodle paper (e.g. students will be grouped differently for forums and tutorials), create a Grouping of groups. Set Grouping of auto-created groups to New grouping, and add a Grouping name.

  10. Finally, select Preview to preview your groups or Submit to save your groups.

    groups submit

Check, add or remove groups in a Grouping

Note: See step 8 above to create a New grouping of auto-created groups

  1. In your Moodle paper,  select Participants>Manage participants>Groups as in steps 1-3 above, then select the Groupings tab.
    groupings tab
  2. You will see your auto-created groups in the relevant grouping. To Add (or remove) groups select the person icon at the right of the Grouping name.

    grouping add
  3. Select relevant groups in the box on the right, then select Add (or Remove).

    add group to grouping
  4. Scroll down and select Back to groupings  to check that all relevant Groups are now listed as members of the Grouping.
    back to groupings

    Note: See the Groupings page for how to apply a grouping to an assignment or activity.
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