Creating Groups

This article is designed to help you use Buzz to establish set groups within individual courses.

TIP: Click here for written directions. 

Click the Play button below to view Using Groups Part 1: Creating Groups Video.

 

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IMPORTANT: By using this feature, you can add or hide folders, activities, or even assessments from set groups to differentiate learning.

WHY CREATE GROUPS?

As a teacher, you may find it useful to organize students into groups. Grouping can help you organize a cooperative learning project or meet a student’s need for modifications. Taking the time to create and place students in specific Buzz-based groups is a vital first step to adjusting content and assessments for your students.

CREATING A GROUP

In Buzz, you can create groups within individual courses. You can create these within the Editor, which is great if you are then going to customize the student experience. You can also create groups within People, which is a quick feature for monitoring student progress and finding common needs.

Creating Groups Within the Editor

Select the Editor for the appropriate course. Next, select the tools icon (wrench) and select Manage groupings. You can create groups here.

Creating Groups Within People

Begin in the People page within a specific course to access the students in your course.

IMPORTANT: You must be in the People page for an individual course. This action will not work from the Main Menu People option.

In People, click Tools and choose Manage groupings.

ADDING, EDITING, COPYING, OR DELETING A GROUP

Adding a Group

To create a new group, click ADD GROUPING.

NOTE: Each grouping of students is also called a group set.
Editing a Group Click the group set name to make changes to the group setup, subgroups, and student association.
Copy Grouping To copy a group setup, select the Copy grouping options to the right of the group set name.
Delete Grouping To delete an existing group set, select the trash can icon to the right of the group set name.

Defining a New Group Setup

Select the ADD GROUPING option to open the Generate Groups window.

On this screen, you can identify your group set name, specify the number of groups you want, or select the number of students per group.

You can also select how your groups are assigned.

Click the GENERATE button once you have decided upon the criteria.

You can now edit your groups and assign students to them.

SETTING UP STUDENTS WITHIN A GROUP

After the Generate Groups window closes, your groups setup will appear according to your specifications.

TIP: This is the same screen you see if you edit a group after setup.

Each Person in Only One Group

Notice the Each person in only one group box. Keep this box checked if you intend to have each student assigned to only one group. Uncheck the box and manually click beside the student name to assign him or her to more than one group.

Adding More Groups to a Group Set

To add one or more groups, click the Add Group icon.

Renaming a Group Within a Group Set

To name the groups, click the pencil icon and type in the group name.

WARNING: When you are editing items in the Syllabus, the Filter by Group option shows only Group names. These items are not organized by group sets, which is why naming each group specifically is important. Name groups according to their usage or user.

The Edit groups popup menu allows you to rename your group. You can even delete an existing group by clicking the trashcan icon. Click OK when finished.

More Group Options

Click the More Groups icon to select Score display options, to Clear all, or to open the Generate groups pop-up window.

Click SAVE to keep the changes you made.

TIP: If you select SAVE, you will navigate back to the Manage groups screen.

ASSIGNING STUDENTS

To assign students to groups, you must first add a student. To add a student to a group, first find the name of the student you wish to add. Decide the group in which you would like to place the student. Then, click on the checkbox next to the student’s name.

To remove the student from that group, simply deselect the checkbox.

Clicking the group name sorts your students by group. All students in that group will move to the bottom of the screen.

TIP: Click the group name twice to move all students to the top.

When the group setup is complete, click SAVE.

ADDITIONAL GROUP SETUP OPTIONS

The following are additional scenarios you may face with Groups:

A Course With No Current Groups

If a course does not have any preexisting groups, you have the option to add a New Group Set. This will successfully add a group set.

NOTE: Once the group is added, you can adjust as necessary.
A Course With Newly Created Groups

For a course with newly created groups, the group information may only show partial group details.

Do not adjust Groups from People. This includes adding, modifying, or deleting groups. You will see the options, but the functionality is limited.
A Course With Existing Groups

For courses that have established groups, you may see the Generate Groups popup window.

Please select Cancel to view and edit your existing groups.

GROUP SETUP SCENARIOS TO CONSIDER

WARNING: Name your group sets and groups according to usage. The more specific the name, the better. You will notice in some screens the group set and in other screens the group names only. If you have a student who falls under multiple modifications, try naming your group according to the modifications (or abbreviations) of those modifications (e.g., “Time Essays 3”).

Groups Per Student If you have groups for several students in your course, you may want to create a group set called “Students” and name each group according to each student’s name. Make sure you assign the appropriate student to each name. This capability allows you to establish specific experiences for each student, but it is not ideal for large classes.
Few Students With Modifications If you have only a handful of students who need specific modifications, try creating a group for each student and applying specific modifications. Again, this is not ideal for large classes.
Same Modifications Across Multiple Students: Group Sets with One Group If you are creating a group to apply modifications, you might organize your modifications by creating a group set containing one group for each modification.
Multiple Modifications for a Single Student If you have a student (or students) who require more than one modification, try creating a group that applies all modifications instead of assigning the student to each individual modification group. This will help you avoid overlap experience.

ADDITIONAL GROUP RESOURCES

The following are additional resources for Groups:

Assigning Work by Groups  This article helps you to use Buzz to adjust activity and assessment settings to meet the needs of the students in your groups.
Group Filtering  This article helps you to use the filtering options in the four main areas of Buzz. 

 

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