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. As the instructor you have permission to view all the groups course-like environment through the Group Homepage.

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.

If you prefer to create a group discussion for grading, learn how to create graded group discussions.

Note: You will need to create group sets and groups before setting up a group discussion assignment.

  1. In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.
  2. Click the +Discussion button.


Start creating the discussion

  • Click the This is a Group Discussion checkbox.
  • To select an existing group set, click the Group Set drop-down menu. To create a new group category, click the New Group Category button.
    Note: It is recommended to create groups ahead of time.

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