Activities: Group choice

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This module allows students to enrol themselves in a group within a course. The teacher can select which groups students can chose from and the maximum number of students allowed in each group.
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Helen Foster
Friday, August 26, 2016, 8:55 PM
General comments

As the name suggests, the group choice activity provides an easy way of enabling participants to choose which group (or groups) they want to be in. After making their choice, participants are automatically added to their chosen groups.

Group choice is similar to the choice activity and has lots of settings in common, such as whether to allow participants to change their choice and whether to limit the number of participants who can select each choice option.

Group choice can be used in a variety of situations, such as allowing students to choose which of their fellow course participants they'd like to work together with, or which project they'd like to work on. We've even made use of group choice in our August 2016 Learn Moodle MOOC, asking participants whether their data can be used to create an open data set for use in research, and adding them to groups accordingly.

Group choice is great for giving power to course participants, rather than having the teacher deciding group membership, or membership being determined randomly or alphabetically.


The plugin is easy to install and use with the Group choice quick guide. Once added to your site, it can be selected from the activity chooser.

it is necessary though to first create groups in the course before creating a group choice activity. The group choice activity uses group names, so they need to be clear but also short, since they are used elsewhere in the course. It it a good idea to give each group a description, otherwise the 'Show descriptions' link, when participants are choosing a group, doesn't do anything!

Group choice is very easy for participants to complete. If participants are not allowed to change their choice, it's a good idea to mention this fact in the activity description!


The plugin is currently maintained by Nicolas Dunand, who has also contributed several other additional plugins.

Group choice is also one of the specially selected plugins to feature in the Moodle for School package. As such you can expect its code to be of a high quality and for it to be reliably maintained in the long term.

Although the group choice version 1.9 is for Moodle 2.7-3.0, I installed it on a 3.1.1 site and found it to work perfectly.