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In MyCourses (Moodle), you can have groups in your workspace.

  • Groups can be Sisu-based or created by a teacher.
  • You can have many sets of groups separated by Groupings. Using Groupings enables a student to be a member of more than just a one group.
  • You can use groups in an activity, for example, to have group discussions or for group assignments. With a grouping, you set what group division you use in the activity.

Groups can be populated automatically, manually by you, or you can let your students choose groups by using Group choice activity.

To manage Groups, click Participants on the left navigation bar. You can see group members in the participants list. To create and edit groups, click the gear and click Groups. Create grouping for groups. See the video below for more instructions.

Groups menu

Video: creating groups and groupings

  • To see the content list and the full view, click the arrow in the lower right corner.

Sisu-based groups

Sisu-based groups are created in Sisu and copied to the MyCourses workspace to manage students´ Calendar view. When students register to a course in Sisu, they usually also get a group, like "L01 Sisu" or "H02 Sisu".

Sisu based groups are managed in Sisu.

Important! Even if you have only one Sisu-based group in your workspace, you must use grouping when creating groups of your own.

A. Create a single group manually

You can create groups manually, one at a time, and give them individual names, for example, when you let students choose their groups based on their interest using the Group choice activity.

Click on Participants (left navigation) → open the gear → Groups.

Start by giving a name to your new set of groups (grouping): click the Grouping tab, give a Grouping name and save the changes.

Then, open the Groups tab, click Create group, and give the group a name Save changes.

Group select students

When you have as the desired number of groups, return to the Grouping tab to link the groups with the grouping.


Click the "people icon" and choose the groups for that grouping.

Add or remove students from groupsNew grouping

Now, you must populate the groups.

B. Auto-create several groups

You can also auto-create several groups at once. Give a group name and followed either an @- or a # character. Also, give your set of groups a grouping name (see above).

Group @Group #
Group AGroup 1
Group BGroup 2
Group CGroup 3


Populate groups

Populate groups automatically with auto-create several groups

You can let MyCourses automatically assign students to the groups by selecting either Number of groups or Members per group.

Populate groups manually

Select the group you want to add members to, in this case Group A and click Add/remove users

Groups population


Select users from the list on the right and click Add. You can select several users at once by holding CTRL while clicking the users. → Back to groups.


Group choice: let students choose their own groups

The Group choice -activity allows students to choose their own groups from the pool of groups the teacher provides.

Editing mode → Add activity/resource → Group choice

You must have at least two groups for this activity to work.

Name the activity, give it a description, and select the groups the students can choose from Save and display

Read more:

  • Announcements to a group
  • Group assignments
  • Using groups in Forums
  • Restricting access to a group

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