I have been investigating how groups work and came across the idea of sections in courses and am a bit unsure about the difference and how and when to use them. Help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Hello Isobel Williams...
Have you explored all the Guides that are available for both Groups and Sections? Here are some links for you:
All written Guides on "Groups"
Groups: Creation and Management (Instructors)
All written Guides on "Sections"
Course Settings Part 1 (Instructors) -- see 3:13 in this video
Please let us know if you have any other questions.
Thanks I can understand how to create groups and sections but not really what the difference is in using them.
Hi Isobel Williams ...
Have you seen these Guides (specifically the information in the blue boxes)?
What are Groups?
How do I add a section to a course as an admin?
Does this help?
Yes I have read these several times and still cannot really see what the difference is - would i not just use groups to vary the work and assignment times?
There is lots of information about setting up sections - what I am interested in is why and when you actually use them and not just use groups.
maybe i am being a bit slow on the uptake here!!
At my institution, groups for students within the course and sections relate to a registration status. For instance we have the same course listed in both the business school and history department but they have different prefixes-- they are different sections within the same online course and students can be put into groups with only other students in their section or cross-section groups.
We also have some courses where students are in different sections because they are taking the course for a different number of credits and have a different workload but they are all in the same course receiving the same lecture content. I'm in higher ed though, so this situation may not happen for you.
I think this article How do I cross-list a section in a course as an instructor? will be helpful to understanding the use of sections. Remember section is usually a registration thing from outside the LMS and the groups are within the course.
Cheers - Shar
Thank you - that makes it much clearer and I think you are right - in a school situation use of sections would not be used much.
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