Forums is the main discussion area for every course. It is important for you to understand how groups are setup in forums so that you can have students in selected groups for specific discussion topics.
Groups are most commonly used in Forums. Using groups in Forums allows the instructor to create individual forum discussion threads for each group. These separate discussions can be used to provide groups with a space in which to communicate about group projects or to respond to discussion questions collaboratively.
Click Save and return to course.
Once you have created all of your discussion topics, return to the forum page. To view all topics in the forum, select “All participants” from the Separate/Visible groups drop down menu. You will see a complete listing of discussions in the forum with a column specifying their group.
For a demonstration on how to create groups, please watch this video.
It is helpful to go through each group to make sure that it was set up correctly.
Also, it is important to explain group work so that everyone knows how it will be used.