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CougarVIEW Instructor Guides: Create a group category

Need help with something in CougarVIEW? Good news! We have a number of guides to show you how to use the many tools and resources in CougarVIEW. These guides cover topics like using the grade book, setting up quizzes, creating groups, and many more.

Create a group category

  1. "Select the 'Communications' dropdown in the navbar and choose the 'Groups' option."Group menu item selection


  1. On the Manage Groups page, click New Category.

New Category


  1. Enter a Category Name and Description.

Name and description

  1. Select an Enrollment Type from the drop-down list.

Enrollment types


  1. Depending on the chosen Enrollment Type, enter the Number of Groups to create, the Number of Users per group, or both.

Number of users and groups

  1. To apply a distinctive prefix to each group name and code in the category, enter it in the Group Prefix field. If you do not fill in this field, the prefix defaults to "Group".
    Tip: Add the org unit ID to the group code to further distinguish it from other group codes. To enable this option, ask your administrator to turn on d2l.Tools.Groups.IncludeOrgUnitIdInGroupCode.

Group prefix

  1. Depending on the chosen Enrollment Type, to automatically enroll users to groups, select Auto-enroll new users.
  2. Depending on the chosen Enrollment Type, to randomly place users in groups, select Randomize users in groups. If you do not choose this option, users are placed alphabetically based on the Classlist.
  3. Depending on the chosen Enrollment Type, to make the description of the groups visible to learners from within their groups, select Make category and group descriptions visible to group members.

Advance properties

  1. If you select an Enrollment Type that supports self enrollment, to set enrollment availability times, select the Set Self Enrollment Start Date and/or Set Self Enrollment Expiry Date check boxes and select dates from the mini calendar field.
  2. If you select Set Self Enrollment Expiry Date, but you want all learners who do not enroll before the expiry date to be enrolled, you can select Allocate unenrolled users after Self Enrollment Expiry Date to automatically, randomly and evenly distribute them into the available groups. This option adds group members beyond the capacity of groups, if applicable. The automatic enrollment recurs at a set interval after the expiry date to ensure that all learners are assigned to a group.
    Note: Enable the options in the Create Workspace area only after you've customized your group names. The Discussions areas are then created with the customized group names right away, and you do not have to edit their names manually later.

Advance properties self enrollment

  1. Click Save.
  2. To customize individual group names, click the group and enter a new group name.

Edit group

  1. Click Save.
  2. To set up discussion areas, locker areas, and assignments with the customized group name, from the category name's context menu, click Edit Category.

Edit category

  1. In the Create Workspace area, select Set up discussion areas, Set up lockers, and/or Set up assignments.
  2. Click Save.

Create workspace

  1. On the Create Restricted Topics page, select the Forum in which you want to create restricted topics.
  2. If you have the new group topic creation feature enabled, do one of the following:
  • If you want instructors to manage each topic individually, select the Create one topic per group radio button. Learners can only see topics assigned to their group.
  • If you want to enable instructors to manage all activity and assessment from one topic, select the Create one topic with threads separated by group radio button. Learners can only see threads from their own group.

Create restriction topics

  1. Click Create and Next.
  2. Click Done.

Workspace summary

Note: Assignments can be created on the New Category page by selecting the Set up assignments check box, and choosing a submission type. When the new category is saved, you are taken to the Create Assignments page to complete the assignment creation process.