D2L - Create Groups

Last Updated: 05/06/2014
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Creating groups in Desire2Learn can be quite useful for instructors. If group projects are a part of a course, Desire2Learn's Group tool is a great resource to set up areas for groups to submit assignments and have discussion areas specifically for members of these Groups. The following documentation goes through the process of creating Groups within Desire2Learn.

This tutorial is operating system independent.

Step 1

Log into your course and click on Groups located on the navigation menu.

*Note: Desire2Learn courses do not have the Groups tool active by default. The Groups tool can be accessed by:

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Step 2

Click on New Category.

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Step 3

For the Category Information sections enter:

  • A Category Name
  • A description of the category/group project
  • An Enrollment Type (to learn more about enrollment types please visit the Enrollment Types page)
  • The Number of Groups or Number of Users desired.
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Step 4

Under the Advanced Options section define if you would like a Discussion area, Locker, or a Dropbox for the Groups.

It is generally good practice to have a Discussion area for a group so they have a common place to communicate.

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Step 5

Click Save.

*Note: If you have set up your groups for Auto Enrollment, or Student Self Enrollment then you are finished. If you need to enroll students manually continue to step 6.

Step 6

Under Manage Groups make sure that the group you want is selected fromt the View Categories drop-down menu. 

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Step 7

In the drop-down menu to the right of your selected group select Enroll Users. Click this option to place students into groups.


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Step 8

Click the checkbox in the Group you would like the students to be in . When finished puting users into groups click Save.

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