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Creating Groups

To create new groups:

Click the New Category Button1. Click the New Category button.


2. Enter a Category Name. The category name should be descriptive of what kind of groups you are creating. For example, Weekly Discussion Groups or Final Project Teams.

3. If you'd like, you can enter a Description that explains what the groups will be used for.

New Category Screen4. Use the Enrollment Type drop down menu to select how you'd like participants enrolled into each group:

  • # of Groups - No Auto Enrollments: You choose how many groups will be created and then manually enroll participants in the group of your choosing.
  • Groups of #: You choose how many participants you want enrolled in each group. D2L will then create the appropriate number of groups based on the total number of participants in the course and then auto-enroll participants.
  • # of Groups: You choose the number of groups you'd like created. D2L will then evenly divide course participants by that number and auto-enroll participants into the groups.
  • Groups of # - Self Enrollment: You choose how many participants you want enrolled in each group. D2L will create the appropriate number of groups based on the total number of participants in the course. Participants then select which group they'd like to enroll in. When a group's enrollment reaches the number you set, participants will no longer be able to enroll in that group.
  • # of Groups - Self Enrollment: You choose the number of groups you'd like created. Participants will then select which group they'd like to enroll in. Please note that there is no way to cap enrollments if you choose this option.

5. Enter the Number of Groups or the Number of Users. The wording of this field will depend on which Enrollment Type you selected above.

6. If you have chosen either of the auto-enrollment options, the Advanced Properties section will become available. In this section, you may choose whether or not you'd like D2L to:

  • Auto-Enroll New Users: Participants enrolled in the course after groups have been set up will be automatically added to the groups with the fewest participants.
  • Randomize users in Groups: If this option is selected, participants are enrolled in a random order. If not, participants are enrolled based on the order of the Classlist.

7. Note that there is an Additional Options section that allows you to set up Group Workspaces in the Discussions, Drobox, and Locker tools. In general, it is best to set up these spaces after your groups have been created. Once your groups have been created you can get information about setting up Group Workspaces here.

8. Click the Save button.