Creating Groups with Connected Discussions/Dropboxes Creating Groups with Connected Discussions/Dropboxes

Creating Groups with Connected Discussions/Dropboxes


This tutorial reviews the process of setting up a new set of groups and connecting them to a Discussion and/or a Dropbox. Note that this process only allows one Dropbox and one discussion to be connected   to a group. Additional Dropboxes or Discussions must be added to the learning activity directly. 



  1. Click on Communicate on the Navbar
  2. Click on Groups
  3. Click on New Category
  4. Enter a Title/Name for the Group Category
  5. Choose an Enrollment Type 
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    • # of Groups - No Auto Enrollments - Manually add members to groups

    • Groups of # - Variable number of groups, specify the number in each group

    • # of Groups - Specify the number of groups with members distributed evenly

    • Groups of # - Self Enrollment - Variable number of groups, a specific number of members in each group, members can choose the groups up to the number allocated

    • # of Groups - Self Enrollment - A specific number of groups, members can choose the group with no restrictions

    • # of Groups, Capacity of #, Self Enrollment - A Specific number of groups, a specific number of members, members can enroll up to the allocated number of members 
  6. Under the Advanced Properties , check Set up discussion areas and Set up dropbox folders
  7. If you click set up discussion areas, options will appear to either create a new group discussion topic, or choose an existing discussion.
  8. If you click to set up Dropboxes, you will be asked to choose which type of submission the folder is (most dropbox types are file submission) and then you will be taken to the dropbox creation page to set up them up. 
  9. Click on Save

Create Restricted Discussion Area (follow these steps if you select to create a new discussion topic)

  1. Click on New Forum
  2. Enter Title for the Forum (Recommend keeping it the same as the Group Category Name)
  3. Click on Save
  4. Select Create a New Topic or if you have already created the discussion question, select Attach to an existing topic. (Note: You can only attach an existing to no one has posted to the discussion question.) 
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  5. Click on Save
  6. Select Create one topic per group (Each group has a separate and restricted topic.  This is used if each group has a different discussion question.) or Select Create one topic threads separated by group. (Groups share one group-restricted thread in a single topic. This is used if each group has the same discussion question.)

    • Create one topic per group

      • Click on Create and Next

      • Enter Name

      • Enter Instructions

      • If graded item:

        • Enter a Score Out of 

        • Select the Grade Item, or click on New Grade Item to create a New item.

      • Click on Create (This will create a discussion for each group, if you want to edit the instruction for each you will need to do that in Submission Review, Discussions)

    • Create one topic with threads separated by group

      • Enter a Title

      • Enter a Description

      • Click on Create and Next (This will create one Discussion Question that all groups will respond to. To edit the instruction, you must go to Submission Review, Discussions.)

Create Group Dropbox Folders: (These are the steps if you click "Set up Dropboxes") 

  1. Enter a Title/Name for the Dropboxes
  2. Add information and adjust settings for this group of Dropboxes, including their score 
  3. Click on Create 
  4. Click on Done
  5. Click on Save

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