How to create a sub-group
It is also an option to create subgroups in Brightspace. A subgroup will appear as an independent group in the Manage Groups homepage overview as Group Category. That is the case because you create subgroups by adding a restriction to who may enroll in a certain group (Restrict Enrolment To).
This article will explain:
Whenever you put a restriction on a group, the restriction can be neither deleted nor adjusted anymore.
A course has activity Tutorials for which the Lecturer created 5 groups called Study group 1 till 5. Each Study group requires to have students to work in pairs for the practical part of the Tutorials activity. The lecturer will, therefore, create a subgroup for the Study group which will be called Practical 1 to divide the students into pairs.
Using sub-groups restricts users from the higher group to enroll in a specific group so they can work on a specific task as designed.
Create a sub-group
To be able to create a sub-group with restricted enrolment you will first have to create the main group for enrolment.
1. Go to Communication
2. Click Groups
3. Click New Category
- Give the sub-group a Category Name
- (Optional) Add a description
- Choose an Enrolment Type
- Specify the Number of Groups (and/or: Number of Users, depending on which Enrolment Type is selected)
- Use the drop-down menu below Restrict Enrollments To to select the group in which the subgroups should fall. You cannot select a Group Category, it has to be a group of a Group Category.
- (Optional) Add a Group Prefix
Additionally, you can again choose which options of the Advanced Properties section and Additional Options section you want to turn on for this subgroup.
- Click the blue button Save to finish the setup
The created sub-groups will appear in the overview as independent Group Category. It is therefore important to choose prefixes that will show the relation between a certain group and its subgroups.
Check which group is or has subgroups
Going back to the Manage Groups homepage, a question mark next to the group name in the table overview will indicate the restriction on enrolment into a sub-group or group.
Question mark next to the Group Category name
This indicates that this Group Category is a sub-group. If you hover over the question mark, it will say Sub-groups depend on Groups in this category.
- In this example Group Category Practical 1 is the subgroup of Study group 1.
Since the created sub-group is actually a new Group Category, you can edit it in the same way as the other Group Categories (so for example, the addition of students or discussions).
You have created a subgroup for Practicals for the group Study group 1. If Study group 1 needs a group for another course activity, e.g. Reports, you can create another sub-group restricted to Study group 1 for that particular course activity.
You now know how to create sub-groups in Brightspace!