I'd like to use the Groups feature for team discussions. (In the past, I've used separate, identical forums, but many students and small teams, that gets clunky.) Every tutorial I've found makes it out to be super-simple: define your groups and groupings, add your forum and choose the Group mode and Grouping in the forum settings, and you're good to go. Indeed, a friend who uses Moodle Cloud does exactly that, and it works like a charm for her. But so far for me in "regular" Moodle when working with a standard forum for general use:
- If I choose "separate groups" in the forum setting, students see only their own group's discussion (that's good), but they do not see a Reply link so they cannot participate in discussion (not good). All they see is a Permalink link.
- If I choose "visible groups," students can see and reply to every post in every group's discussion (all posts from all groups are visible at once, regardless of which group the student chose in the dropdown menu), which is not what I want at all. In fact, I cannot imagine anyone wanting that.