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How do I automatically create groups (Autogroups)?

In addition to manually creating groups, instructors can also create groups automatically using the "Autogroup" feature.

Instructors can have groups automatically created by site role using 2 methods:

  • Method 1: Create a separate group for each role selected. (default)
  • Method 2: Create random groups from members with selected role(s)

Go to Site Editor.

Go to Site Editor.

Click Manage Groups.

Click Manage Groups.

Click Autogroups.

Click Autogroups.

This displays the Create new Autogroup gage.

Checkmark a site "Role" for which you would like to have groups automatically created.

Checkmark a site "Role" for which you would like to have groups automatically created.

When you checkmark a role, a display will appear allowing you to select "Create a separate group for each role selected. (default)" or "Create random groups from members with selected role(s)."

Method 1:  - Separate group for each role selected. (default)

Method 1:  - Separate group for each role selected. (default)

Selecting the default "Create a separate group for each role selected." and clicking on Update, will automatically create a group of the selected role and add the accounts of everyone with that role to the group.

In the example above, clicking on Update will create a single group titled "Student" and add the account of each user with the role of "Student" to the group.

Method 2A:  - Create random groups from members with selected role(s). - Split by number of groups needed

Method 2A:  - Create random groups from members with selected role(s). - Split by number of groups needed

Selecting "Create random groups from members with selected role(s)." opens a display allowing the instructor to assign user accounts (based on the selected role) to a specific number of groups.

In the example above, clicking Update will create 3 groups (named "Discussion Group-1", "Discussion Group-2" and "Discussion Group-3") and randomly assign the selected Role user accounts (Students) to the 3 groups.

Note: New accounts added to the site after autogroups are created are NOT automatically added randomly to a group.

Method 2B: - Create random groups from members of selected role(s) - Split by number of users needed per group

Method 2B: - Create random groups from members of selected role(s) - Split by number of users needed per group

Selecting "Create random groups from members with selected role(s)." opens a display allowing the instructor to assign user accounts (based on the selected role) to "somewhat evenly" populated groups (based on the number of accounts).

In the example above, clicking Update will create  as many somewhat evenly numbered groups (named "Discussion Group-1", "Discussion Group-2" and "Discussion Group-3") with randomly assigned selected Role user accounts (Students).

The actual number of groups and the actual number of accounts within the group is based on the number of accounts available. In the above example:

  • if there are 25 "student" accounts, 5 groups will be created with each group containing 5 accounts.
  • if there are 24 "student" accounts, 5 groups will be created with 4 groups of 5 and one group of 4
  • if there are 26 "student" accounts, 5 groups will be created with 4 groups of 5 and one group of 6 (This continues up to 30 when 6 groups of 5 accounts are created.

Note: New accounts added to the site after autogroups are created are NOT automatically added randomly to a group.