Use categories to organize and manage related groups. For example, you can have a category for Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Seminars, Remedial Help, and Book Reviews.
If you want to create a new set of groups, you need to set up a category and create restricted work areas for the groups first.
The Workspace summary page lists how many groups, discussion forums, and dropbox folders were created for the category.
When you create a new category with Set up discussion areas selected, you are automatically taken to the Create Restricted Discussion Areas page. On this page, you can create a separate topic for each group within an existing or new forum.
Note Click Skip to go to the next page in the groups setup process without creating any restricted discussion areas.
When you create a new category with Set up dropbox folders selected, you are automatically taken to the Create Dropbox Folders page. Creating a dropbox folder from this page creates a folder for each of the groups in the category. See Creating dropbox folders for more information.
Note Click Skip to go to the next page in the groups setup process without creating any shared folders.
If you add a new group with Auto-enroll new users enabled, new users automatically enroll in the new group until users are evenly distributed between it and other groups. Once it is the same size as other groups, new users are added normally.
Auto-enroll new users New users are automatically added to the group with the least users, or to a new group if the maximum size of all existing groups has been met.
Use this option when you don’t want to manually add new users to groups.
Note If you choose the enrollment type Groups of # you might end up with a group that has only one or a few users in it. You can manually change group enrollment, including adding users to full groups, using the Enroll Users page.
Randomize users in groups Users are added to groups based on a random order. If this option is not selected, users are added to groups alphabetically based on their order in the classlist.
Set up discussion areas Allows you to select or create group specific discussion forums and topics.
Use this option when you want users to share ideas, ask questions, and discuss material using the Discussions tool.
Use this option when you want users to store their work in a group work area where other members of the group can view and modify it.
Set up dropbox folders Allows you to create dropbox folders for each group. A group can have multiple dropbox folders belonging to different categories.
Use this option when you want each group to have its own dropbox folder submissions area. This could be helpful if different users are responsible for grading different groups.