How do I use groups?

Groups are subsets of participants for a given site. Groups are created on an ad-hoc basis by instructors in course sites or by maintainers in project sites. Groups are useful to organize study groups, project teams, and other unofficial subsets of site participants.

You can use groups to make site content available to specific site participants. For example, a private announcement can be made available to a group and email notification can be sent to members of that group. You can also use groups to create group assignments or limit access to tests or quizzes with settings for specific groups.

For information on creating and editing groups see How do I create groups?

If an assignment or assessment has been released to specific groups, changing which groups have access to the assignment, or modifying/deleting a group after students have begun work, can result in the loss of submissions!

Which tools use groups?

You can use groups with the tools listed below. The descriptions of how groups can be used are linked to support articles that shows how to enable group access.


If an assignment has been released to groups, changing the groups who can submit it, or modifying or deleting a group after students have begun work on the assignment can result in the loss of submissions.

If an assignment has been created as a group assignment, you will no longer be able to modify group membership in Site Info.