Activities: Group self-selection

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Lets students create and select groups.
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Lets students create and select groups. 


  • Students can create groups, give them a description and set them password protected, if wanted
  • Students can select and join groups
  • Supervisors may be assigned to groups
  • Teacher can export course group list as a csv-file
  • Full compatibility with basic Moodle groups: groups may be created by other means if needed, supports group assignment submissions etc.
Many thanks to all contributors for this module, including original authors Petr Škoda and Helen Foster and previous maintainer Pirkka Pyykkönen


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Picture of Roger Barras
Roger Barras (Lead maintainer)
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Petr Skoda: Original author
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Pirkka Pyykkönen: Previous maintainer
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  • Picture of Lee Bannister
    Sat, May 11, 2019, 4:01 AM
    @ Roger Barras - Yes I would like it so that students cannot see any students in other groups, which I know is easy using separate groups, but I also don't want them to know who in their group when selecting. This way there is no outside influence on their choice, they can pick what they want not what their friends have already chosen.
  • Picture of Lee Bannister
    Thu, May 23, 2019, 2:45 AM
    @ Roger Barras - Can you add an option in the settings to hide the Members column?
  • Picture of Andreu Martí
    Tue, Nov 26, 2019, 7:25 PM
    Hi! any planning for upgrading the plugin for Moodle 3.7 and 3.8? Thank you!
  • Picture of Roger Barras
    Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 11:57 PM
    Hi yes I will do further tests in February to ensure that it is working properly for version 3.7 and 3.8, but it seems there is no issue so far for those moodle versions. Some new further are planned but not sure yet, what will be inlcuded in the next version.
  • Picture of Sara Bell
    Tue, Jan 21, 2020, 11:16 PM
    We have version 3.14 of this plugin installed on moodle 3.3 version. Can you clarify whether student's should be able to see the other members of the group in the members list rather than 'members not available' please. If they should, how do we enable this, thanks.
  • Picture of Roger Barras
    Wed, Jan 22, 2020, 4:27 PM
    Hi Sara, it depends how your activity is set up. Separate groups means, that members of other groups are not visible in that activity for the students. This is a basic moodle feature for all activities. You could find this under "common moduel settings" as "group mode". But yes member of the own group should be always visible.
  • Picture of Sara Bell
    Wed, Jan 22, 2020, 5:42 PM
    thanks Roger. I've tried it with group mode, 'no group', 'separate group' and 'visible groups' but the members names still don't show to students. Is there a permission they need to see them?
  • Picture of Roger Barras
    Thu, Jan 23, 2020, 12:30 AM
    Hi Sara another reason might be the capabilies of "course:viewparticipants" are set to "no" for the students or the role of the students. Check this under user persission of the course or set it global as a moodle admin. The plugin is checking this property for visability of the group members.
  • Picture of Himanshu Kumar
    Sat, Mar 7, 2020, 1:07 PM
    Hi Sara how to organize student in groups
  • Picture of Maria Pérez
    Mon, Mar 30, 2020, 7:23 PM
    Hello, Roger,

    I think I've found a typo in
    component: mod_groupselect
    string: hidegroupmembers_help

    Instead of: "or if the can access all groups", maybe it should be: "or if they can access all groups".

    Thank you,
  • Picture of Frank Martini
    Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 3:10 AM
    Hello, is an update to 3.9 planned and if so when? smile
  • Picture of Roger Barras
    Tue, Sep 1, 2020, 7:43 AM
    Hi the current version will be tested for 3.9. I expect it should work for moodle 3.9 without a change.
  • Picture of Gilles Carpentier
    Fri, Sep 4, 2020, 8:17 PM
    I installed it on Moodle 3.9.1 but I face an issue : a student cannot create a group.
  • Picture of Chris Swinney
    Tue, Sep 29, 2020, 3:51 AM
    We use Moodle in a work environment (very techie) and one of the things we like to do is ensure pairs are created so that we have both a techie and non-techy person involved. Can anyone think of a way that it might be possible to tag yourself as techie or non-techie? Doing this manually is terrible, cross referencing job roles and the like is time consuming even for a small number of users. It would be great to get users to do this for themselves.
  • Picture of Gilles Carpentier
    Tue, Sep 29, 2020, 8:35 PM
    maybe while using a custom field in the profile.
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