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)
Picture of Petr Skoda
Petr Skoda: Original author
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Pirkka Pyykkönen: Previous maintainer
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  • Picture of Nick Phillips
    Thu, 8 Sep 2016, 10:49 AM
    Thanks Marina for putting your hand up for this one...
  • Picture of Michael Wuttke
    Mon, 12 Sep 2016, 10:19 PM
    Hello Marina, Hello Roger,

    thanks a lot for your work. Just one thing: I'm missing the "action" field in the table of groupselections. Was it intented?

  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Mon, 12 Sep 2016, 11:03 PM
    Hi Michael,
    I'm not quite sure what you mean saying "missing" here, can you write more details please? Maybe create a screenshot - you can submit an issue on
  • Picture of Emrullah Seven
    Tue, 25 Oct 2016, 2:59 PM
    Hi Marina,
    We've started to use plugin this semester and using last version. In course section I added 2 different group self-selection. One is for groups of two other is for groups of three. I limited their number of members, for example, min 2 and max 2 member for groups of two. However, 3 student joined a 2-member groups. How is this possible? It says maximum number reached but actually it exceeded. Under the count header it says "3/2". It is supposed to hide full groups from the main view. Why it's not hidden? Am I doing something wrong?
    Best regards,
  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Tue, 25 Oct 2016, 3:03 PM
    Hi Emrullah, are you sure that teacher did not add this third student manually in groups management interface? If not and you believe it's a bug, please create an issue in github
  • Picture of Emrullah Seven
    Thu, 27 Oct 2016, 6:53 PM
    Hi Marina, I think I found the problem. Checked the logs teacher didn't add. It's not exceeded actually. When a group reach maximum member(e.g. 3), group not visible in 3-member groups. Then it appear in 2-member groups. I explained details in github.
  • Picture of Sidd Lep
    Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 5:01 PM
    Hello. Some students set the password for the group, and they forgot it. They have asked me for the password recovery. I tried to manually change the group password, but the change doesn't work. So, is it possible to change or to reset or to recover the group password?
    Thank you
  • Picture of Roger Barras
    Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 5:42 PM
    Hi Sidd. Actually there is no option to change or reset the passwort. The goup Passwort is associated with the activity. So one option is to add a new "Group select" activity with the same settings and the group password is gone. Another option is to delete right row in the database table groupselect_passwords. I will add a issue for adding an "edit Password" button for Editors. Best wishes Roger
  • Picture of Michael Aherne
    Thu, 4 May 2017, 12:02 AM
    Where should issues for this plugin be raised - or the one linked as "bug tracker" in "useful links"? It's not clear!
  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Thu, 4 May 2017, 4:33 PM
    apologies for confusions, this plugin changed maintainers several times
  • Picture of roshan kolar
    Tue, 10 Oct 2017, 8:00 PM
    I'm on Moodle 3.3.2, I cannot upgrade to the latest version of Group Select plugin. I get this message:

    Debug info: SELECT * FROM {role} WHERE shortname = ?
    [array (
    0 => 'teacher',
    Error code: invalidrecord
  • Picture of Roger Barras
    Tue, 10 Oct 2017, 8:51 PM
    Did you rename or delete the teacher role in your db?
    Does it appear durring installation or wenn using the plugin?
  • Picture of Stephen Wise
    Fri, 5 Jan 2018, 12:28 AM
    Could you possibly make this so that a new group can be created by a student even if they are already in a group?
    My course has several groups that students can be a part of but I also want them to be able to create their own groups.
  • Picture of Tamara Vaughan
    Fri, 16 Mar 2018, 3:33 AM
    Will this activity be available for versions beyond Moodle 3.3? We'll be upgrading to 3.4 shortly and are hoping we'll continue to benefit from the Group self-selection activity after we upgrade if possible!
  • Picture of Roger Barras
    Fri, 16 Mar 2018, 4:02 PM
    We work for a release 3.14 that will support moodle 3.3 and 3.4 with their, we fixed some bugs and made some smaller but usefull improvements. Eg. we now support the timeline overview in moodle or it is possible to create more than one group for students.
    A test release is available in the github repo, but only use it for testing.
    The official Release will be probably available next week.
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