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Creating groups with discussions/dropboxes at one time

Building groups with associated discussion forums, topics and dropboxes can be done simultaneously. Although it may look complex, it will save you time in the long run.

  • Who is this for: Online Instructors
  • What is required: A Desire2Learn course and activities that benefit from group participation

Step 1: Creating Groups

  1. Click Edit Course from the navigation bar.
  2. Click on Groups.
  3. Click the New Category button.
  4. Enter your Category Name: e.g. “Group Projects”.
  5. Entering a Description is optional.
  6. Select Enrollment Type from the drop down menu – Choose “# of groups” to have your students auto enrolled.
  7. Enter the number of groups you want created.
  8. Under Additional Options, check the appropriate box If you want to create discussions and/or dropboxes at this time.
  9. Click the Save button.

Step 2: Create restricted discussion topics

First you will create a forum to contain your group discussion topics

  1. Click the New Forum link.
  2. Enter the Title of your forum (e.g., “Astronomy Group Project”).
  3. Entering a Description is optional.
  4. Click the Save button.

Step 3: Create Dropbox folders

  1. Enter a Name for you Dropbox Folder (e.g., “Astronomy Group Project”).
  2. If you have established categories, select yours from the drop down list.
  3. Under Grade Item, either select an existing item or create a New Grade Item.
  4. Enter the number of points Out Of.
  5. If you have files to attach, click the Add a File button.
  6. Select the Submission Options you prefer.
  7. Click the Create button.
  8. You will be presented with a Workspace Summary that will itemize what has been created.
  9. Click the Done button.

Step 4: Fine tuning your group discussions and Dropbox folders

  1. Discussions – When working with groups and discussions, rather than duplicate your directions in each topic, enter your directions in the forum area.  The forum is listed first, then your individual groups will be displayed below, allowing all groups to see the one set of directions you entered in the forum.
  2. Dropbox folders –  Your dropbox folders will have everything you entered during the creation process: directions, grade item, points out of etc.  You can adjust any other restrictions the same way you would any individual Dropbox.

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