|This lesson outlines use of the Web Groups module.|
- Read the material on this page
- Follow the links and read the relevant Help material
- Observe FTF demonstration
Introduction to Web Groups
Although this is probably the least-used module in the system, it might be necessary if you need to divide your students into collaborative, Web-based work groups for working on and communicating about specific projects.
The module allows you to create any number of groups and then assign to those groups any number of students from any of your sections.
In order to use the module and create groups, to begin with you must create the appropriate section homepage(s) and utilize the Student Rosters module to get students on your CATE rosters in the first place.
Of course, just creating the group doesn't really accomplish much. If you plan to have groups, then almost certainly each group will need to have its own Message Board, Chat Room, webpages, and/or other component(s). The making of those components is handled in the usual modules in the usual manner, but in this case specifying which group(s) have access to the component rather than which section(s) have access. For example, in addition to the Message Board for the class as a whole, you would create separate Message Boards, one for each group to use for communications about its own project.
Creating a Group and Assigning Students
Log into your CATE account and go to the Web Groups module.
If you have one or more existing groups on file, they'll be list on the "Web Groups Menu" page. At any time you can select a group to be edited.
You can also click the "Add a New Web Group" button to create a new group. Upon doing so, you'll need to name the group. As always, avoid naming the group based on section number. You might want to choose naming conventions such as "ENGL 1A Group 1" and "ENGL 1A Group 2" or else "ENGL 1A Blue Group" and "ENGL 1A Green Group." In any event, assign a name to the group, then click to confirm adding the group.
After adding the group, you'll be at the menu page for that particular group. Here you can do all the adding, editing, and/or deleting needed.
Under the "Help" banner three buttons appear. "Back to Menu" returns you to the Web Groups Menu page. "Edit Group" allows you to edit the name of the group. "Delete Group" allows you to permanently delete the group (although students are not actually removed from your roster).
For a new group, the first step is to add students. To do that, find the bold "The following students are in this group" heading. Off to the right, click the "Add Student to Group" button. Upon doing so, the system will show you a list of your sections.
For the appropriate section, select the corresponding radio button, then click the "Confirm Section Selection" button.
This page will show you a list of students available to add to the group. For each student you want to add, select the corresponding check box, then click the "Confirm Student Selection" button. The selected student(s) will be added to the group, and you'll then have the option of adding more students or returning to the group menu page.
When you finish adding students to the group, return to the group menu page and you'll see them listed there. You can always add students to the group and/or delete students from the group at any time. That means you can also shuffle students from one group to another, combine groups, split groups, etc, by using this option to move students around.
Because a group is pretty much useless unless you create one or more components for the group, the lower part of the group menu page allows you to specify the component(s) in place for this group.
You can specify the password zone(s) to which students in this group have access. Note that you can do exactly the same thing via the Password Zones module with the same result.
You can specify the Message List(s) for which students in this group can send and/or receive messages. Note that you can do exactly the same thing via the Communications module with the same result.
You can specify the Chat Room(s) to which students in this group have access. Note that you can do exactly the same thing via the Chat module with the same result.
If you have already given an entire section access to a specific zone, Message List, and/or Chat Room, there is no need to grant a group access to the same component (and in some cases that might cause unexpected difficulties).
Like other class components, the same groups can be used over and over again. At the end of each semester you just follow the standard maintenance procedures to archive and purge your data. That will leave all your groups empty, and for the new semester you simply assign fresh batches of students from your roster to the groups. That means there should be no reason to delete groups, add groups, or adjust access to zones, Message Lists, or Chat Rooms.
Study the Help module for this topic. Think of this as a chapter in your textbook.
Demonstration (For face-to-face sessions)
We'll demonstrate how a student goes through the check-in process, how you accept students into a class, and how you manage students on your CATE roster.
Lectures slides (Rosters, Check-in, Web Groups, Passwording): http://online.santarosa.edu/presentation/?8998
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