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How do I create and manage groups?

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Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member

During the summer of 2017, we released a new Buzz UI, giving you the same features and functionality with a cleaner, simpler user experience!

Until all users have switched to the new UI, our Help Center articles will include information for both. 

Click the header below that aligns with the Buzz UI version you are using (Old UI or New UI); if you don't know which version you are using, review the differences and/or contact your system admin or Agilix account manager.

Old UI

Use Buzz’s Manage Groups feature to remove the guesswork from directing group work.

A teacher can group the same class in various ways to meet different needs. Each different grouping is called a Group Set.

You can use groups to connect students according to performance, send group messages, assign group activities, create quick group intervention tasks, assign group grades, award group badges, and filter your list views with them.

To access, create, edit, and manage groups, open the Manage Groups screen:

  1. Open the People tool from the Main Menu.
  2. Select the desired course.
  3. Click Groups in the toolbar.
Manage Groups

With the Manage Groups screen, you can:

  1. Select an existing Group Set from the dropdown.
  2. Clone or Delete the selected Group Set from the toolbar.
  3. Create a New Group Set from the toolbar. This automatically opens the Generate Groups window:
    • If you want to automatically generate groups, jump to Step 5 the Generate Groups section.
    • If you don't want to automatically generate the groups, click Cancel and create your groups manually with the tools described in this list.
  4. Edit the Group set name for the selected Group Set.
  5. Choose to limit each person to membership in one group.
  6. Choose how to display student performance (this selection impacts some of the Group Assignment options in the Generate Groups screen):
    • Select Show course % to use overall performance.
    • Select Show activity % and choose the desired course in the dropdown that appears next to it to use performance on a specific activity.
  7. Add Groups to the Group Set.
  8. Clear All students from the assigned groups.
  9. Automatically Generate Groups (Step 5).
  10. Move students between groups by clicking the cell that aligns with the student and the group you want to place them in.
  11. Edit group names by clicking the pencil icon (edit), and delete groups by clicking the garbage can icon (delete).
  12. Save all changes.
Automatically Generate Groups

Use Buzz to automatically divide students into groups:

  1. Open the People tool from the Main Menu and select the desired course.
  2. Click Groups in the toolbar to open the Manage Groups screen.
  3. If you want to generate groups based on student performance, choose:
    • Show course % to use overall performance.
    • Show activity % and select the desired course in the dropdown that appears next to it to use performance on a specific activity.
  4. Click Generate Groups.
  1. Enter a Group prefix; each group that is generated uses this prefix and a number to indicate that they’re part of this Group Set.
  2. Choose your Group creation method.
    • If you choose Fixed number of groups, you need to specify the number of groups.
    • If you choose Target number of students per group, you need to specify the number of students per group.
  3. Choose the desired Group assignment method from the dropdown list:
    • Random assignment.
    • Round Robin assigns the first student in the list to the first group, the second student to the second group, and so on. If there are only three groups, the fourth student is assigned to the first group, the fifth student to the second, and so on.
    • Alphabetical by first name.
    • Homogeneous by performance groups students with those who have the most similar scores (see Step 3 for more information).
    • Heterogeneous by performance evenly distributes performance, so groups end up with a balanced range of scores (see Step 3 for more information).
    • Heterogeneous by performance - Top/Bottom groups the highest-scoring students with the lowest-scoring, then the next highest with the next lowest, and so on (see Step 3 for more information).  
    • Heterogeneous by performance - 1st Q/3rd Q; 2nd Q/4th Q groups highest-scoring students with next-to-lowest-scoring students, then next-to-highest-scoring students with the next lowest-scoring, and so on (see Step 3 for more information).
  4. Click Generate.
Generate groups

Additional articles

Tips

  • You can also create and manage groups when setting up group assignments in the Curriculum Map or the Editor tool if it's enabled.
New UI

Use Buzz’s Manage Groups feature to remove the guesswork from directing group work.

A teacher can group the same class in various ways to meet different needs. Each different grouping is called a Group Set.

You can use groups to connect students according to performance, send group messages, assign group activities, create quick group intervention tasks, assign group grades, award group badges, and filter your list views with them.

To access, create, edit, and manage groups, open the Manage Groups screen:

  1. Select the desired course from the Main Menu.
  2. Open the People tool for that course.
  3. Click Tools in the toolbar and select Manage groups.
  1. Select the Group set you want to edit or click the plus sign in the bottom right corner to create a new Group set.
Manage Groups

With the Manage Groups screen, you can:

  1. Edit the Group set name.
  2. Choose to limit each person to membership in one group.
  3. Clone the selected Group Set from the toolbar.
  4. Choose how to display student performance (this selection impacts some of the Group Assignment options in the Generate Groups screen):
    • Select Show course % to use overall performance.
    • Select Show activity % and choose the desired course in the dropdown that appears next to it to use performance on a specific activity.
  5. Add Groups to the Group Set.
  6. Clear All students from the assigned groups.
  7. Automatically Generate Groups (Step 5).
  8. Edit group names by clicking the pencil icon (edit), and delete groups by clicking the garbage can icon (delete).
  9. Move students between groups by clicking the cell that aligns with the student and the group you want to place them in.
  10. Save all changes.
Automatically Generate Groups

Use Buzz to automatically divide students into groups:

  1. Select the desired course from the Main Menu.
  2. Open the People tool for that course.
  3. Click Tools in the toolbar and select Manage groups.
  1. Click the plus sign in the bottom right corner to create a new Group set.
  1. Enter a Group prefix; each group that is generated uses this prefix and a number to indicate that they’re part of this Group Set.
  2. Choose your Group creation method.
    • If you choose Fixed number of groups, you need to specify the number of groups.
    • If you choose Target number of students per group, you need to specify the number of students per group.
  3. Choose the desired Group assignment method from the dropdown list:
    • Random assignment.
    • Round Robin assigns the first student in the list to the first group, the second student to the second group, and so on. If there are only three groups, the fourth student is assigned to the first group, the fifth student to the second, and so on.
    • Alphabetical by first name.
    • Homogeneous by performance groups students with those who have the most similar scores (see Step 3 for more information).
    • Heterogeneous by performance evenly distributes performance, so groups end up with a balanced range of scores (see Step 3 for more information).
    • Heterogeneous by performance - Top/Bottom groups the highest-scoring students with the lowest-scoring, then the next highest with the next lowest, and so on (see Step 3 for more information).  
    • Heterogeneous by performance - 1st Q/3rd Q; 2nd Q/4th Q groups highest-scoring students with next-to-lowest-scoring students, then next-to-highest-scoring students with the next lowest-scoring, and so on (see Step 3 for more information).
  4. Click Generate.
Generate groups

Show course % vs. Show activity %

Buzz gives you the option of generating groups using:

  • Show course % to use overall performance.
  • Show activity % to use performance on a specific activity. This options requires you to select the desired course in the dropdown that appears.

To change this setting, you must select the desired radio button and click Generate Groups.

Additional articles

Tips

  • You can also create and manage groups when setting up group assignments in the Curriculum Map or the Editor tool if it's enabled.

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Cecilio Jaramillo

Do groups all have to be enrolled in the same course? I run a credit recovery program, and several classes were all the students are enrolled in different courses. How can I group these so I can see just 1 class at a time?

 

Scott Taylor
  • Agilix team member

Groups are limited to users in the same course, there is not currently a way to group students together outside of the same course.

Varshini G

Hi,

A Feedback/Suggestion: When we enroll the students in to a course, we have to set them up into groups (click on "Generate Groups") after the enrollments. If there is a way to automatically put them into groups/Generate groups, it would be very helpful. May be give an option of the groups when enrolling them into the course? or Auto generate groups after each enrollment? Would this be possible?

Thanks!

 

 

Scott Taylor
  • Agilix team member

Hello Juanita,

This functionality isn't currently available. We will flag your feedback for inclusion in further discussion on continuous improvements to Buzz.

Josh Kaplan

Just to jump in, I would also love the functionality that Juanita suggested.

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