How are sections different than groups?

Sections and groups are very similar in some respects. They both allow instructors to manage subsets of students within a site. For example, both groups and sections allow instructors to filter and view one section of students at a time in the Gradebook. However, sections and groups also differ in several key ways.

Sections

Sections are subsets of site participants. A section may have a variety of data attached to it, such as category, days of the week, times, and an assigned teaching assistant (in a course site only).

  • Sections are managed through the Section Info tool.
  • You may provide additional information about a section, such as title (required), days, start time, end time, maximum size, and location.
  • Sections must be assigned to a given category. Categories include lecture, lab, discussion, studio, and recitation.
  • In a course site, an instructor may assign a teaching assistant to a section.
  • Instructors have the option to allow students to switch or sign up for sections.
  • Participants may not be in more than one section in a given category.

Groups

Groups are also subsets of participants for a given site. Groups are useful to organize study groups, project teams, and other non-official subsets of site participants.

  • Groups are managed through the Site Info tool.
  • Groups have a title (required) as well as a description (optional).
  • Groups do not have an assigned teaching assistant.
  • Site participants may be members of more than one group.