Your FAQs

Each month we will share some of our timely frequently asked questions around educational technology.

Q: How do I allow students to choose which group they will join for group work purposes in FLO?

In FLO, the Group selection activity allows students to select a group in the topic that they want to be members of. Before students can sign up to join a group, you must first create empty groups and add the groups to a grouping for them to choose from. Next, add the Group selection activity to the desired module.

Note: students can’t remove themselves from groups within the Group selection activity. Only staff can remove students from groups.

Q: Can I send an announcement to a specific group of students? For example, I coordinate a shared topic in FLO which has both internal and external students and I would like to send an announcement just to the external students.

Yes, you can apply a grouping to the Announcements forum which will allow you to filter and choose which group to send the announcement to. To do this:

  1. Click on the Announcements forum. Next click on the Administration menu, then Edit settings.
  2. Expand the Common module settings section.
  3. Set the group mode to Visible groups.
  4. Change the grouping to the relevant grouping. (For the example described in the question, choose Child topics as the grouping)

When you go back to the Announcements forum and create a new post, you’ll see a new menu that allows you to choose from the groups within the grouping you have selected.

Written by Jason Chan
eLearning & Media Support Officer – CILT

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