Activities: Grouptool

mod_grouptool
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The grouptool module (mod/grouptool) enhances the functionality of Moodle default groups. Two of the additional features are the possibility for students to enrol themselves in groups with waiting lists, and the transfer of grades within groups.
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Grouptool module

The Grouptool module (mod/grouptool) enhances the functionality of Moodle default groups. Two of the additional features are the possibility for students to enrol in groups with waiting lists on their own, and the transfer of grades within groups.

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The grouptool module features the following functionalities:

  • automatic creation of groups with simultaneous enrolment of participants (optional)
    • 1-person groups
    • groups with pre-defined numbers of persons or groups
    • groups with certain pre-defined group names, consisting of [lastname], [firstname], [idnumber], [usernumber], numbers, alphabetical indexes, and pure text
  • simultaneous creation of groupings for each group created
  • self-enrolment of participants in exisiting groups:
    • activate the groups and specify their order for each grouptool instance
    • use a waiting list system with optional limitation of the number of participants
    • define the maximum number allowed per group or for all available groups 
    • allow each participant to enrol in several groups (min./max.)
  • group grades - transfer awarded grades to other group participants
    • automatically for all groups or just for some
    • select the participant from whom the grade is to be transferred

Example

Create groups and allow students to form groups of no more than five members each to work on a joint project during the semester.

Installation

Copy the module code directly to the "mod/grouptool" directory. Open the messages page in the administration area to automatically start the installation.

Admin settings

As an administrator you can set the default values instance-wide on the settings page for administrators in the grouptool module:

  • default naming scheme (text field)
  • allow self-enrolment (checkbox)
  • show group members (checkbox)
  • immediate enrolment (checkbox)
  • allow unenrolment (checkbox)
  • general default group size (text field)
  • limited group size (checkbox)
  • define different group sizes (checkbox)
  • use waiting lists (checkbox)
  • maximum number of waiting lists a participant can be on at the same time (checkbox)
  • multiple enrolments (checkbox)
  • minimum number of groups to be selected (text field)
  • maximum number of groups to be selected (text field)
  • sync behaviour:
    • when adding a group member (drop down)
    • when deleting a group member (drop down)
    • when deleting a group (drop down)

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  • Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
    Tue, Jan 29, 2019, 12:23 AM
    You can expect a version that is fully tested to work with Moodle 3.6 in around one month.
  • Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
    Sat, Feb 16, 2019, 12:10 AM
    We just published version 3.6.0 of the Grouptool plugin for Moodle 3.6 – have fun.
  • Picture of Rachel Grzymkowski
    Fri, Apr 5, 2019, 10:45 PM
    I've installed the plugin but is there a way to add it to the course? It doesn't seem to be working.
  • Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
    Mon, Aug 12, 2019, 8:48 PM
    We just published version 3.7.0 of the Grouptool plugin for Moodle 3.7 – have fun.
  • Profile picture of Harald Jakobs
    Fri, Oct 18, 2019, 7:50 PM
    Hi AMC-Team,

    I have a fairly special scenario and wanted to know if it somehow possible to solve it with the group tool:

    - I used the fair allocation plugin to create groups in moodle. As our students are not allowed to see other group members in the participants list for various reasons I wanted to use the group tool for this purpose.
    - So I created an activity "group tool" and activated the groups I created with the fair allocation before.
    - I set the registration start and end date into the past.
    - I set the self registration to "no" and "Show group members" to "own, after due date".
    - "Behaviour on changes on Moodle" is set to "Follow changes".
    - After that I activated the groups the fair allocation tool had created in Moodle.
    - Now looking into participants I see that the registration status of the group members coming from the moodle groups is "registered in Moodle-group but not in group tool".

    Now my question: Is there a way to register all people that have the status "registered in moodle-group but not in group tool" also in the group tool in an easy way? Right now I exported the participants list containing the group information and imported the members group by group back into the group tool. Having an easier option would be nice.


    Cheers
    Harald
  • Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
    Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 5:15 PM
    We just published version 3.8.0 of the Grouptool plugin for Moodle 3.8 – have fun.
  • Picture of Son TRAN
    Wed, May 27, 2020, 4:34 PM
    Dear all,
    I just have one simple question, how can I access the features of this plugin (the installation was successful, and I use Moodle 3.8) Many thanks
  • Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
    Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 8:40 PM
    We just published version 3.8.1 of the Grouptool plugin for Moodle 3.8 with an improved queue and multi registration section in the settings.
  • CaveMan with LapTop
    Mon, Jul 27, 2020, 3:13 PM
    I think that in the language string copy_refgrades_feedback, "Copy reference grades and feedback for selected groups other group members" should be "Copy reference grades and feedback for selected group's other group members".
  • CaveMan with LapTop
    Wed, Jul 29, 2020, 11:35 PM
    In language string named "define_amount_groups_help" the content is a bit difficult to understand. What does "You choose users from which role to use for group creation and enter the desired amount of groups in Group/Member count text field." mean?
  • CaveMan with LapTop
    Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 12:04 PM
    I don't understand the grammar of "from which role to use"!
  • CaveMan with LapTop
    Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 12:04 PM
    In language string "define_amount_members_help" I think "Define number of group members M - Here you tell the grouptool how many members each group should ideally have. The needed amount of groups will be calculated automatically. If you check prevent last small group the users in this group get spread on the others if the last groups fill-ratio lies under 70%." should be "Define number of group members M - Here you tell the grouptool how many members each group should ideally have. The needed amount of groups will be calculated automatically. If you check prevent last small group the users in this group get spread on the others if the last group's fill-ratio lies under 70%."
  • CaveMan with LapTop
    Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 12:21 PM
    In string "error_getting_data" I think "Error while getting group data! Either none or more than 1 group where returned!" should be "Error while getting group data! Either none or more than 1 group were returned!". (That is "where" means "were".)
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 4:11 AM
    Is it compatible with 3.9+ version of Moodle?
  • Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
    Wed, Aug 19, 2020, 2:30 AM
    We just published version 3.9.0 of the Grouptool plugin for Moodle 3.9 – have fun.
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