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Groups in Courses

What Does It Do?

Professors can create groups of participants within a class site.  Once created, several tools can take advantage of groups to display items just for the members of those groups.

How You Can Use It

  • Create folders in Resources that only members of a group can see.
  • Create topics in Forums targeted to facilitate group discussion.
  • Filter the roster by a group.
  • Release an assignment to a specific group.
  • Release assessments in Tests & Quizzes for a specific group (e.g. a copy of a test with extra time for students approved by the Office of Student Accessibility).
  • Send a message or announcement to a specific group.


  1. Click the tab for your course or project site.
  2. Click Site Info in the left menu.Sakai 12 Site Info Tool Image
  3. Click Manage Groups.Sakai 12 Site Info Manage Groups Image
  4. Click Create New Group.Sakai 12 Site Info Create New Group Image
  5. Enter a title for the group (e.g. Team Alpha).
  6. (Optional) Enter a description.
  7. Select a name from the "Assigned Members" list. Note: To select multiple names, hold down the Ctrl key as you click on each name until all names are selected (Mac users can hold down the Cmd key as they click on each name until all names are selected).

    Assigned Members List
  8. Repeat until you've added all desired participants to the group.
  9. Click Add New Group when finished. 

    Add New Group Button


If you use the "group assignment" feature, please be aware that the groups you choose for the assignment will become "locked."  This is important to avoid issues with grades assigned to a group assignment.  If membership will change for different assignments or within the term, we recommend that you create unique groups for each assignment (e.g. Paper 02 Team A).

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