Using Moodle Groups for Best Results

It seems that a lot of people overlook the advantages to using Moodle groups. Well, before I get into that, let’s just look at a big problem in training and education that keeps coming around, and always has. Training takes time, and the more students of different levels of advancement there are, the more of a logistical nightmare you have on your hands.

This has been a problem in older learning environments, where one room school houses became impossible. When larger schools were built, it quickly reemerged as overcrowding in classrooms. Well, the shift to LMS and online learning still preserves this problem of managing a lot of students that aren’t all in the same classes, or level of advancement.

So, you’d think that you’d need an app or something to add to Moodle, to make this all easier to handle. Well, you do need something, but if you have Moodle, you already have it. That’s why using Moodle groups is important.

They’re easy to set up, and offer a wizard for doing so, and as such, I see no need to take you through a tutorial for creating them. You really don’t need one to start using them.

But, let me explain what they’re for. Moodle groups are a categorization structure, where you can add a series of student accounts together. From here, you can assign classes, grade tracking, resources and other things specifically to these groups.

Now, what this does is, when you go through data in Moodle, you can use these groups to filter students, courses and other statistics that are relevant to you. This way, your stuff and that of your colleagues or other class groups, don’t get all tossed into what you retrieve, manage and analyze.

Now, that’s the basic point, and it solves the problem I opened with. However, this can have other uses too, such as to aid in team gamification. Grouping the students into small unit sets, and massively mapping collections of projects, courses and tests to all these groups, with independent grade tracking, gives you a perfect preexisting framework for tracking gamification.

This would also work well for cross training, where you need different departments to share training, but may have somewhat different goals or limits to reach, and thus, groups allow you to unitize these different departments in this environment, to make that a straightforward process.

Never underestimate the power of automated cross management and categorization. It can open up so many unique and powerful methodologies for training, and alleviate new and difficult conundrums that modern training has presented.

Using Moodle groups alleviates a lot of problems you’ve combatted for a long time. Just, without someone to really point out what this is and give you a sense of what it can do in action, it’s easy to overlook it as some extra feature you’ll never use. Well, you should use it, and you should try all the unique things it can empower you to do, because your training will go so much better in the end, and you’ll be much happier for being made aware of this tool and its usefulness.

Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.