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Communication

Overview

Private Forums are forums where students are in a group by themselves and they cannot see other student posts in other groups.

How To

Accessing Group and Grouping Settings

  1. In the LATTE Course Tools block on the right side of the page, click Enroll Users and you will be taken to the Participants page To set up Groups, go to the LATTE Course Tools block on the right side of the course page and click on Users.

 

  1. Click the Gear icon and select Groups. This will take you to the Groups page.In the Participants page, go to the gear icon on the right hand corner of the page above the list of users and select the gear icon. A pop-up window will appear and select Groups in this window.

Create a Group

  1. Click the gray Create group button.

  2. Input the title of the group and save changes (the other options can be ignored). You will be taken back to the Groups window.

Add Students to a Group

  1. Select the group you want to add students to from the list of groups in the left box.

  2. Click the gray Add/remove users button below the list of members on the right. This opens a page that displays the group’s current and potential members.

  3. Select the name of the student in the right box to add to the group.

    1. To highlight multiple names, hold down “Ctrl” (Windows) or “command” (Apple) and click on each student’s name who should be added. 

  4. Click the gray ◀ Add button between the two boxes and all the highlighted names will move to the left box.

  5. After all the designated names are moved into the left-hand box, click Back to groups to return to the group page. 

Remove Students from a Group

  1. Select the group you want to remove students from from the list of groups in the left box.

  2. Click the gray Add/remove users button below the list of members on the right. This opens a page that displays the group’s current and potential members.

  3. Select the name of the student in the left box to remove from the group.

    1. To highlight multiple names, hold down “Ctrl” (Windows) or “command” (Apple) and click on each student’s name who should be added. 

  4. Click the gray Remove ▶ button between the two boxes and all the highlighted names will move to the right box.

  5. After all the designated names are removed from the group, click Back to groups to return to the group page. 

Delete a Group

  1. Select the group you want to delete from the list of groups in the left box.

  2. Click the gray Delete selected group button.

  3. Confirm that Yes you do want to delete that group

Private Forums

  1. Set up groups according to the instructions above. Each group should contain one student and the instructor. Do this before adjusting the settings of the forum itself.

  2. Edit the settings of the Private Forum activity. Scroll down to the Common module settings section and expand it. 

  3. Change the Group mode to Separate groups

  4. Note that Private Forums must be set up in a grouping if additional groups are created for assignments. Set up a grouping for the Private Forum groups according to the directions below then change the Grouping setting in the screenshot above to the appropriate grouping.

Groupings

A grouping is a cluster of related groups. For example, all of the Private Forum groups are related, as are groups you would create for an assignment. If you don’t create groupings to organize your groups, students would be able to submit their assignment using their Private Forum group or post to their assignment group in the Private Forum. 

  1. Follow the steps in the top section to access the Groups page.

  2. Click the second tab Groupings

  3. Click the gray Create grouping button

  4. Enter a Grouping name (e.g., Assignment 1, Private Forum) then click Save changes. 

  5. Click the Person icon under Edit for the grouping you want to add or remove groups for.

  6. Select the name of the group in the right box to add to the grouping.

    1. To highlight multiple groups, hold down “Ctrl” (Windows) or “command” (Apple) and click on each group name that should be added. 

  7. Click the gray ◀ Add button between the two boxes and all the highlighted groups will move to the left box.

  8. After all the designated groups are moved into the left-hand box, click Back to groupings to return to the grouping page. 

  9. Repeat steps 4-8 for each grouping in your course.

  10. Return to your course main page. Edit the settings of the activity that uses a group. Scroll down to the Common module settings section and expand it. 

  11. Change the Grouping to the one you created for this activity. Save changes.