How does a course administrator create, edit and allocate groups?

Groups allow a number of students within a course to share, discuss and collaborate within a smaller community. As a Course Administrator, you can create these groups and allocate students to them.  

Go to Course Setup and click Groups

At the top of this page, you will see a list of Group Types.



By default, every new course comes with two types of groups. 

  • Study Groups which are public and open (anyone can see the group and join)
  • Tutorial Groups which are private and open only to invited students.

To find out how to create a new Group type, see How do I create a new Group Type? 

Scroll to Add and Manage Groups where you can create new groups in different group types. 

Select the Class and Group Type you would like to manage. 


To add and create a new group in that Class and Group Type, scroll to the bottom of the list and start typing the name of your new Group in the box below. 



Once you've written the name of your new group, click Add.

Your new group should now appear in the list of groups. 


Go to Add and Manage Groups, where you can also allocate students to groups. 

Next to each Group, you have the option to Add Members. Click on the box to search for a student and click on their name to add them. 


 You have now added a student to that group.


To find out how to do a bulk group allocation, see How does a course admin manage group allocations in bulk?

 The ability to edit groups is currently available to course admins only. Learners are not able to edit groups even when they create the groups themselves. However, they will still be able to add other members to the group. 

Go to Course Setup > Groups. 

Go to Add and Manage Groups and select the correct Class. 

Click on the group thumbnail to add/edit the Group photo.

Click on the pencil icon to edit the Groups description.

4 replies

    • Brad_Tarlington
    • 3 yrs ago
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    i can create, name and manage the group but how do I enable chat launch in the group?

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      • Alenka_Prezelj
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Brad Tarlington Hi Brad, I'm afraid we don't have group chat at this point, only chat for students in the same class.

    • Huda_Maulana
    • 3 yrs ago
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    Hi, I have a problem in assigning students. Somehow when I type in some students' names, their names won't automatically pop up. Can anybody help?

      • ronsilvosa
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Huda Maulana Hi, kindly send an email to support@openlearning.com with a link to the course so we can investigate further. I look forward to your response. Thank you.

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