Community Owners can choose to automatically divide Community Members into groups. When "Public Visibility" is disabled, Community Members will only see Posts and Comments from members of their group, with the exception of the Community Owner's Posts (and Comments on those Posts).
This feature may be useful for MOOCs and other high enrollment classes. But for most use cases, we do not recommend separating students into groups, as doing so can minimize conversations, limit students' posting and commenting opportunities, and make Communities less dynamic. In general, we find that large Communities are preferable to small Communities, in part because large Communities generate engaging content more frequently than small Communities. (Students in large Communities always find something new on their Feed, and this keeps them coming back for more.)
Groups may come in handy for classes with many students (N > 200), provided that these groups are fairly large (n > 50). Nevertheless, we encourage instructors to consider the consequences of partitioning their students. While grouping students might make Community Feeds feel a bit more manageable, they also constrain student interactions.
How to enable groups
- Navigate to Settings → Groups.
- Set the "Groups Enabled" slider to ON.
- Under "Group Count", specify how many groups you want in your Community. Community Members will be sorted evenly between these groups, though you can manually re-sort Members after the initial sorting. Community Facilitators will not be partitioned into groups.
- Depending on enrollment, some groups may be smaller than others. For example, if 200 users are divided into three groups, Groups 1 and 2 will have 67 students, but Group 3 will have 66 students.
- To allow students to see and interact with other groups, set the "Public Visibility" slider to ON.