Groups and Groupings

Blocks ::: block_groups
Maintained by WWU logo smallLearnweb – University of Münster, Nina Herrmann, Photo of JanJan Dageförde, Tobias Reischmann
A Moodle block to display groups and groupings to users. The plugin differentiates between the capability rights of users to evaluate the appropriate amount of information to be displayed.
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A Moodle block to display groups and groupings to users. The plugin differentiates between the capability rights of users to evaluate the appropriate amount of information to be displayed.

Teachers' view

In initial state value groups and groupings are not listed.


The block displays all existing groups and groupings as well as all enrolled groups on request. The number inside the brackets displays the number of members in a group or grouping. Additionally, groups can be hidden, illustrated by an eye icon and a change in opacity. When the icon is clicked the visibility of groups changes. Moreover, all groups can be changed with one click. Javascript files exist to update the block. When the block is installed for the first time all groups are hidden. The following picture shows a course with 4 groups. Group 1 and Group 2.1 are hidden. The other groups are visible.
In case the required change is not possible a warning message is displayed and the affected group is marked with a triangle.

Students' view

In the current state of the block groupings are not displayed to the students. Students are only able to view the groups they are enrolled in. In case they are not enrolled in any visible group, no block is displayed.

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Learnweb – University of Münster (Lead maintainer)
Nina Herrmann: Maintainer
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  • Wed, Jun 29, 2016, 4:36 AM

    Thanks guys for sharing this block with the Moodle community. I found the plugin working ok. The code is well structured and easy to follow, thanks for that. It is good to see things implemented according recommended guidelines (such as Javascript wrapped as an AMD module etc). While checking the code, I noticed couple of tiny details that could be improved. I am sure they will be addressed eventually in a future update of the block.

    I am happy to approve this now. You are cleared to land, welcome to the Plugins directory!

  • Tue, Sep 13, 2016, 12:17 PM

    I really like your plugin and install it to the Moodle system in my institution. However, when clicking to unhide a group in the ‘groups and grouping’ block, there is always a error message, saying "the required change is not possible". But after I click "ok" button in the error message and refresh the Moodle page, the group is unbidden. We use Moodle 3.1. I really hope you could fix it.

    In addition, since it is common to have hundred students in a module and seperate them into groups. It is a lot of work to unhide the groups one by one. Is is possible to add a setting in the block about hide/unhide all groups, please?
  • Wed, Sep 14, 2016, 9:22 PM
    thank you for your feedback! Moodle 3.1 does control the Param different, therefore the warning message is thrown. The bug will be fixed soon in a new version.
  • Wed, Sep 28, 2016, 7:37 PM
    The new version should solve the error-message bug.
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