How do I set up a Group Discussion Assignment?

Groups are a subset of a course with a course-like environment including their own Calendar, Discussion board, and Collaboration tools. Only students added to a group have permission to see and use the respective tools within the group.

A group discussion assignment creates an identical discussion topic in each group category. When students reply to the discussion topic they do so within their group environment, which is linked to the course from which the assignment was created.

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Open People

Open People

Click the People link.

View User Groups

View User Groups

Click the View User Groups button.

Verify Student Groups

Verify student groups have been created. If not, you will need to create group sets and groups before setting up a group discussion assignment.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

Click the Assignments link.

Add Assignment to Assignment Group

Click the Plus icon next to the assignment group you wish to add a new assignment to.

Open Assignment Options

Open Assignment Options

Click on the type drop-down menu to set the assignment type to Discussion [1]. If that type doesn't already exist, you can create it using the More Options button. Type a name for the assignment in the name field [2].

Select the due date [3] and enter a point value [4] of the assignment. Click the More Options link [5].

Add Groups to the Assignment

Add Groups to the Assignment

Click the This is a Group Assignment checkbox.

Set Group Set

Set Group Set

If you want to assign grades individually, click the Assign grades to Each Student Individually checkbox [1]. Click the Group Set drop-down menu to select which group should complete the group assignment [2].

Update Assignment

Update Assignment

Click the Save button.

Publish Discussion

Click the Publish button.

View Discussion

View the discussion. A Teacher or TA will see links to each group. Click the group name to open the group discussion and view replies to the topic.

Pin Group Discussion

Since students can create their own discussions within their groups, you have the option to pin Discussions that are important to the course. Learn more about Pinning Discussions.

Student View of Discussion

When students open the discussion, they will be taken to the Discussions page within their specified project group to complete the assignment.

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