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Group Mode for individual activity

Group Mode for individual activity


RWTHmoodle has several group modes for activities. These allow managers to filter user contributions within the activity by group membership using a separate drop-down menu. For communication and collaboration activities such as forums, glossaries, or wikis, the group modes also control the visibility of a group's contributions to the other groups.

The group modes may be activated for single activities or course-wide in the course settings.


1. Activate Group Mode in activity settings

As an alternative to the quick activation on the course page the desired group mode can also be activated via the settings of the activity:

  1. Switch the course room to edit mode using the "Edit mode" slider next to your name in the upper right corner.
    Edit mode
  2. Click on the three dots behind the activity to edit the activity and then select "Settings" in the context menu.
    Selecting settings in the context menu
  3. Open the section "Further settings" by clicking on it.
    Section "Further settings
  4. Select the appropriate group mode.
    Selection of group mode
  5. If necessary, select a grouping to whose groups the group mode should be restricted.
    Selection of grouping
  6. Save the settings via "Save changes".
    Save buttons


The activation of a group mode does not limit the access to an activity or material to a certain group. Please use the "Restrict Access" settings in the activity settings for this.

2. Examples for the effects of Group Mode

  • Using groups in the Forum activity allows managers to restrict discussion among students to discussions within a group. In the "Separate Groups" group mode, group members only see posts by members of their own group and can only reply to those posts. The discussions of other groups are not visible. In the group mode "Visible groups", students can read the other groups' discussion posts but can only reply to them in the context of their own group.
  • If the group mode is enabled for an Assignment activity, managers can filter submissions to show only the submissions of members of a selected group. There is no difference between visible and separate groups for assignments. A group never sees the submissions of other groups.


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last changed on 05/19/2023

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